Solaris 9 12/03 Installation Guide

Chapter 6 Gathering Information Before Installation or Upgrade (Planning)

This chapter contains checklists and worksheets to help you gather all of the information that you need to install or upgrade your system.

Checklist for Installation

Use the following checklist to prepare to install the Solaris operating environment.

Worksheet for Installation

Use the following worksheet to gather the information that you need to install the Solaris operating environment. You do not need to gather all of the information that is requested on the worksheet. You only need to collect the information that applies to your system.


Note –

Ignore the shaded rows if you are installing a standalone, non-networked system.


Table 6–1 Installation Worksheet

Information for Install 

Description or Example 

Answer 

Network 

Is the system connected to a network? 

Yes/No 

DHCP 

Can the system use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to configure its network interfaces? 

Yes/No 

Host Name 

Host name that you choose for the system. 

 

IP Address 

If you are not using DHCP, supply the IP address for the system. 

Example: 129.200.9.1 

 

Subnet 

If you are not using DHCP, is the system part of a subnet? 

If yes, what is the netmask of the subnet? 

Example: 255.255.0.0 

Yes/No 

IPv6 

Do you want to enable IPv6 on this machine? 

Yes/No 

Kerberos 

Do you want to configure Kerberos security on this machine? 

If yes, gather this information: 

Yes/No 

Default Realm: 

Administration Server: 

First KDC: 

(Optional) Additional KDCs: 

 

Name Service 

Which name service should this system use? 

NIS+/NIS/DNS/LDAP/None 

Domain Name 

If the system uses a name service, supply the name of the domain in which the system resides. 

 

NIS+ and NIS 

Do you want to specify a name server or let the installation program find one? 

If you want to specify a name server, provide the following information. 

Specify One/Find One 

Server's host name: 

Server's IP Address: 

DNS 

Provide IP addresses for the DNS server. You must enter at least one IP address, but you can enter up to three addresses. 

 

Server's IP Address(es): 

You can enter a list of domains to search when a DNS query is made. 

Search Domain: 

Search Domain: 

Search Domain: 

LDAP 

Provide the following information about your LDAP profile. 

 

Profile Name: 

Profile Server: 

If you specify a proxy credential level in your LDAP profile, gather this information. 

Proxy-bind distinguished name: 

Proxy-bind password: 

Default Route 

Do you want to specify a default route IP address or let the Solaris Web Start installation program or Solaris suninstall program find one?

The default route provides a bridge that forwards traffic between two physical networks. An IP address is a unique number that identifies each host on a network. 

You have the following choices:  

  • You can specify the IP address. An /etc/defaultrouter file is created with the specified IP address. When the system is rebooted, the specified IP address becomes the default route.

  • You can let the software detect an IP address.

    • The Solaris suninstall program detects an IP address when the system is rebooted.

    • The Solaris Web Start installation program can detect a default route. However, the system must be on a subnet that has a router that advertises itself by using the ICMP router discovery protocol.

  • You can choose None if you do not have a router or do not want the software to detect an IP address at this time. The software automatically tries to detect an IP address on reboot.

Specify One/Detect One/None 

Host IP address: 

Time Zone 

How do you want to specify your default time zone? 

Geographic region 

Offset from GMT 

Time zone file 

Locales 

For which geographic regions do you want to install support? 

 

SPARC: Power Management 

(only available on SPARC systems that support Power Management) 

Do you want to use Power Management? 


Note –

If your system has Energy Star version 3 or later, you are not prompted for this information.


Yes/No 

Proxy Server Configuration 

(only available in the Solaris Web Start program) 

Do you have a direct connection to the Internet or do you need to use a proxy server to gain access to the Internet? 

If you use a proxy server, provide the following information. 

Direct Connection/Proxy Server 

Host: 

Port: 

Automatic reboot or CD/DVD ejection 

Reboot automatically after software installation? 

Eject CD/DVD automatically after software installation? 

Yes/No 

Yes/No 

Software Group 

Which Solaris Software Group do you want to install? 

Entire Plus OEM 

Entire 

Developer 

End User 

Core 

Custom Package Selection 

Do you want to add or remove software packages from the Solaris Software Group that you install? 


Note –

When you select which packages to add or remove, you need to know about software dependencies and how Solaris software is packaged.


 

Select Disks 

On which disks do you want to install the Solaris software? 

Example: c0t0d0

 

x86: fdisk partitioning

Do you want to create, delete, or modify a Solaris fdisk partition? 

Each disk that is selected for file system layout must have a Solaris fdisk partition. Only one x86 Boot partition is allowed per system.

If your system currently has a Service partition, the Solaris Web Start installation program preserves the Service partition by default. If you do not want to preserve the Service partition, you must customize the fdisk partitions. For more information on preserving a Service partition, see x86: Change in Default Boot-Disk Partition Layout.

 

Select Disks for fdisk Partition Customization?

Yes/No 

Customize fdisk partitions?

Yes/No 

Preserve Data  

Do you want to preserve any data that exists on the disks where you are installing the Solaris software? 

Yes/No 

Auto-layout File Systems 

Do you want the installation program to automatically lay out file systems on your disks? 

If yes, which file systems should be used for auto-layout? 

Example: /, /opt, /var

If no, you must provide file system configuration information. 

Yes/No 

Mount Remote File Systems 

(only available in the Solaris suninstall program)

Does this system need to access software on another file system? 

If yes, provide the following information about the remote file system. 

Yes/No 

Server: 

IP Address: 

Remote File System: 

Local Mount Point: 

Checklist for Upgrading

Use the following checklist to prepare to upgrade the Solaris operating environment.

Worksheet for Upgrading

Use the following worksheet to gather the information that you need to upgrade the Solaris operating environment. You do not need to gather all of the information that is requested on the worksheet. You only need to collect the information that applies to your system. If you are performing the upgrade over the network, the installation program provides the information for you, based on the current system configuration.

You cannot change basic system identification, such as host name or IP address. The installation program might prompt you for basic system identification, but you must enter the original values. If you use the Solaris Web Start program to upgrade, the upgrade fails if you attempt to change any of the values.


Note –

Ignore the shaded rows if you are upgrading a standalone, nonnetworked system.


Table 6–2 Upgrade Worksheet

Information for Install 

Description or Example 

Answer 

Network 

Is the system connected to a network? 

Yes/No 

DHCP 

Can the system use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to configure its network interfaces? 

Yes/No 

Host Name 

Host name that you choose for the system. 

 

IP Address 

If you are not using DHCP, supply the IP address for the system. 

Example: 129.200.9.1 

 

Subnet 

If you are not using DHCP, is the system part of a subnet? 

If yes, what is the netmask of the subnet? 

Example: 255.255.0.0 

Yes/No 

IPv6 

Do you want to enable IPv6 on this machine? 

Yes/No 

Kerberos  

Do you want to configure Kerberos security on this machine? 

If yes, gather this information: 

Yes/No 

Default Realm: 

Administration Server: 

First KDC: 

(Optional) Additional KDCs: 

 

Name Service 

Which name service should this system use? 

NIS+/NIS/DNS/LDAP/None 

Domain Name 

If the system uses a name service, supply the name of the domain in which the system resides. 

 

NIS+ and NIS 

Do you want to specify a name server or let the installation program find one? 

If you want to specify a name server, provide the following information. 

Specify One/Find One 

Server's host name: 

Server's IP Address: 

DNS 

Provide IP addresses for the DNS server. You must enter at least one IP address, but you can enter up to three addresses. 

 

Server's IP Address(es): 

You can enter a list of domains to search when a DNS query is made. 

Search Domain: 

LDAP 

Provide the following information about your LDAP profile. 

 

Profile Name: 

Profile Server: 

IP Address: 

If you specify a proxy credential level in your LDAP profile, gather this information. 

Proxy-bind distinguished name: 

Proxy-bind password: 

Default Route 

Do you want to specify a default route IP address or let the Solaris Web Start installation program or Solaris suninstall program find one?

The default route provides a bridge that forwards traffic between two physical networks. An IP address is a unique number that identifies each host on a network. 

You have the following choices:  

  • You can specify the IP address. An /etc/defaultrouter file is created with the specified IP address. When the system is rebooted, the specified IP address becomes the default route.

  • You can let the software detect an IP address.

    • The Solaris suninstall program detects an IP address when the system is rebooted.

    • The Solaris Web Start installation program can detect a default route. However, the system must be on a subnet that has a router that advertises itself by using the ICMP router discovery protocol.

  • You can choose None if you do not have a router or do not want the software to detect an IP address at this time. The software automatically tries to detect an IP address on reboot.

Specify One/Find One/None 

Host IP address: 

Time Zone 

How do you want to specify your default time zone? 

Geographic region 

Offset from GMT 

Time zone file 

Locales 

For which geographic regions do you want to install support? 

 

SPARC: Power Management 

(only available on SPARC systems that support Power Management) 

Do you want to use Power Management? 


Note –

If your system has Energy Star version 3 or later, you are not prompted for this information.


Yes/No 

Proxy Server Configuration 

(only available in the Solaris Web Start program) 

Do you have a direct connection to the Internet or do you need to use a proxy server to gain access to the Internet? 

If you use a proxy server, provide the following information. 

Direct Connection/Proxy Server 

Host: 

Port: 

Automatic reboot or CD/DVD ejection 

Reboot automatically after software installation? 

Eject CD/DVD automatically after software installation? 

Yes/No 

 

Yes/No 

Disk Space Reallocation  

Do you want the installation program to automatically re-lay out file systems on your disks? 

If yes, which file systems should be used for auto-layout? 

Example: /, /opt, /var

If no, you must provide information for file system configuration. 

Yes/No