This chapter describes how to get started installing a Linux operating system manually on your server.
Note - The term “manually” refers to performing the installation by following the instructions provided in this guide, and not using the Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant. If you prefer to perform an assisted Linux installation by using Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant, see Chapter 1, Assisted OS Installation With Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant of this guide.
Topics discussed in this chapter include:
The Sun Fire X4470 Server supports the following Linux operating systems:
For a complete and updated list of all the supported operating systems on the Sun Fire X4470 Server, go to the following web site and navigate to the Operating System link:
Refer to the following important considerations before beginning the Linux operating system installation on your server.
To install a Linux operating system, complete the following tasks in the order specified:
Gather the Linux operating system installation media and documentation. You can download the Linux installation program from the appropriate vendor’s web site, for example:
If necessary, obtain the Tools and Driver DVD provided or download the latest drivers for your server as described in Appendix D, Downloading the ISO Image for the Tools and Drivers DVD.
If you are installing SLES 11 and you have a Sun Storage 6 Gb SAS PCIe HBA card installed on your server, you must copy the LSI storage drivers for the HBA option card to a floppy disk or floppy image prior to performing the SLES 11 installation. For more details, see SAS PCIe HBAs Requiring Storage Drivers for SLES 11 Installations
Choose and set up an installation method for deploying Linux as described in Appendix A, Supported Installation Methods
Follow the instructions for performing a manual installation of a Linux Server operating system as described in:
Chapter 3, Installing Oracle Linux for Oracle Linux
Chapter 4, Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Chapter 5, Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Follow the specific operating system instructions for performing the post installation tasks as described in:
The SLES 11 installation media does not include the LSI mass storage driver for the following SAS PCIe HBA option cards described in SAS PCIe HBA Requiring LSI Mass Storage Drivers for SLES 11.
Note - Some PCIe HBA option cards might not be available for purchase at the time of this publication. To determine which HBA option cards are supported and available for purchase on the Sun Fire X4470 Server, go to the following web site and navigate to the appropriate page:http://www.oracle.com/goto/x4470.
If you have one of the SAS PCIe HBA option cards (described in SAS PCIe HBA Requiring LSI Mass Storage Drivers for SLES 11) installed on your server and you are installing SLES 11, the LSI mass storage driver for the HBA option must be mounted from a floppy disk or floppy image during the SLES 11 installation process.
Prior to starting the SLES 11 installation, use one of the following methods to prepare the LSI mass storage driver floppy disk or floppy image:
Mount Floppy Disk. Use the LSI storage floppy image on the Tools and Drivers DVD to create a floppy disk. Then, mount the floppy disk as a device from the ILOM Remote Console.
Mount Floppy Image. Copy the LSI storage floppy image on the Tools and Drivers DVD to a network location; then mount the floppy image from the ILOM Remote Console.
The LSI storage floppy image on the Tools and Driver DVD is located in the following directory: Linux/SLES/SLES11/FloppyImages/64bit
Instructions for loading the LSI mass storage driver during the SLES 11 installation are provided in Step 6 of the Installing SLES 11 Using Local or Remote Media.
If you do not have a copy of the Tools and Driver DVD, you can download the ISO image for the Tools and Driver DVD. For details, see Appendix D, Downloading the ISO Image for the Tools and Drivers DVD.
Note - The SLES 11 installation media includes the required LSI mass storage drivers for the Sun Storage SAS PCIe RAID HBA option cards SG-SAS6-R-INT-Z and SG-SAS6-R-EXT-Z.