If the Solaris Web Start 3.0 program on the Solaris 9 12/03 Installation CD is unable to locate a Solaris fdisk partition on a system, you must create a Solaris fdisk partition on your root disk.
If you change the size of an existing fdisk partition, all data on that partition is automatically deleted. Back up your data before you create a Solaris fdisk partition.
The Solaris Web Start 3.0 program requires two fdisk partitions to perform an installation.
Solaris fdisk partition
This partition is the typical Solaris fdisk partition.
x86 boot fdisk partition
This partition is a 10–Mbyte fdisk partition that enables x86-based systems to boot the miniroot that is placed on the newly created swap slice. The swap slice is located on the Solaris fdisk partition.
The installation program on the Solaris 9 12/03 Installation CD creates the x86 boot partition, removing 10 Mbytes from the Solaris fdisk partition. This removal prevents any existing fdisk partitions from being altered.
This partition should not be created manually.
This requirement also prevents you from using the Solaris 9 12/03 Installation CD to upgrade from the Solaris 2.6 or Solaris 7 releases to the Solaris 9 12/03 software. For more information, refer to Upgrade Issues.