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Sun Server X2-8 Name Change

Product Downloads

Get Software and Firmware Downloads

Documentation and Feedback

About This Documentation

Change History

Hardware Installation and Product Notes

Product Notes

Overview of the Sun Server X2-8 Product Notes

Supported Software and Firmware

Hardware Issues

Oracle Solaris Operating System Issues

Linux Issues

Oracle VM Issues

Windows Operating System Issues

ESX Issues

Oracle ILOM Issues

BIOS Issues

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant

Documentation Errata

Requesting Physical Media

Hardware Installation

Installation Overview

Front and Back Features and Components

Unpacking the Server and Identifying the Rack Mounting Hardware

Installing the Server In the Rack Using the Standard Rack Mounting Kit

Installing the Server in the Rack Using the Universal Rack Mounting Kit

Removing the Server from the Rack

Cabling and Power

Getting Service for Your Server

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Configuring the Preinstalled Solaris Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle Linux Operating System

Configuring the Preinstalled Oracle VM Software

Communicating With Oracle ILOM and the System Console

I/O and Interrupt Resource Allocation

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media

Operating System Installation

Oracle Solaris Operating System

Introduction to Oracle Solaris OS Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Solaris OS

Linux

Linux Installation Task Map

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Task Overview

Obtaining OHIA

Preparing for OS Installation

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Creating a Virtual Disk

How to Create a Virtual Disk

About Using the x2APIC Option

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Local Installation by Accessing the Console Using the Serial or Video Port

How to Configure the Serial Port

Remote Installation by Accessing the Console Using Oracle ILOM

How to Access the Server Console Using Oracle ILOM Web Interface

How to Access the Server Console Using the Oracle ILOM CLI Interface

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Oracle Linux From Distribution Media

How to Download Oracle Linux Media

How to Install Oracle Linux From Distribution Media

Updating Oracle Linux

How to Update the Oracle Linux Operating System

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing RHEL From Distribution Media

How to Download RHEL Media Kits

How to Install RHEL From Distribution Media

Updating RHEL

How to Update the RHEL Operating System

How to Update the RHEL Drivers

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Installing SLES From Distribution Media

How to Download SLES Media Kits

How to Install SLES From Distribution Media

Updating SLES

How to Update the SLES Operating System

How to Update the SLES Drivers

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Overview of PXE

How to Install and Configure a DHCP Server for PXE

How to Install Portmap on Your PXE Server

How to Configure the TFTP Service on Your PXE Server

How to Configure PXELINUX on Your PXE Server

How to Configure the NFS Service on Your PXE Server

Disabling the Firewall

How to Disable the Firewall for SUSE Linux

How to Disable the Firewall for Oracle Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for RHEL

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for SLES

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle VM

How to Install Linux From a PXE Server

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

How to Identify Installed Network Ports

How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing Oracle Linux or RHEL

How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing SLES

Windows

Windows Server OS Installation Planning

Preparing For Windows OS Installation

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Downloading Server Software

Configuring a Remote Console

Creating a Virtual Disk

Installing Windows Server

Updating Critical Drivers and Installing Supplemental Software

Incorporating Windows Server 2008 Device Drivers Into WIM Images for WDS

Identifying Network Interfaces in Windows

Oracle VM

Introduction to Oracle VM Installation

Preparing for OS Installation

Installing Oracle VM

ESX

Installing VMware ESX 4.1

Installing VMware ESXi 4.1 and ESXi 5 Installable

Booting From OS Distribution Media

Administration, Diagnostics, and Service

ILOM Supplement

Determining Your Server Management Strategy

Oracle ILOM Documentation

Updating Firmware

Server-Specific Oracle ILOM Features

Identifying and Clearing Faults

Recovering a Lost Oracle ILOM Password

Monitoring Hardware and Environmental Sensors

Diagnostics Guide

Overview of the Diagnostics Guide

Introduction to System Diagnostics

Troubleshooting the Server

Troubleshooting DIMM Problems

BIOS POST

Using Oracle ILOM to Monitor the Host

Creating a Data Collector Snapshot

Using SunVTS Diagnostics Software

Performing Pc-Check Diagnostic Tests

U-Boot Diagnostic Start-Up Tests

Service Manual

Sun Server X2-8 Service Manual Overview

Server and Component Overview

Power and Reset

Removing and Installing Components

Sun Server X2-8 Service Procedures and Information

Sun Server X2-8 Specifications

Requesting Physical Media

Index

How to Install Oracle Linux From Distribution Media

Before You Begin

  1. Connect to your server console using one of the following methods:
  2. If not done already, insert your Linux distribution DVD or access the ISO image distribution media for the method you chose in step 1.
  3. Power on or reset the server.

    BIOS messages appear on the console.


    image:Graphic showing BIOS boot screen messages.
  4. When you see a message offering a series of selections, press F8.

    After a delay, a menu offers a selection of boot devices (see the following example).


    image:Graphic showing boot device selection menu.
  5. Select a boot device from the list.

    To boot from a physical CD/DVD or from an ISO image, select CD/DVD.

    Control passes to the OS installation program on the media.

  6. Do one of the following at the boot prompt, depending on which type of interface you want to use:
    • For text mode, type the following command: boot: linux text.
    • For graphical mode, press Enter at the boot prompt.
  7. (Optional) Refer to the Oracle Linux 5 installation article on the web at:

    http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/linux/OracleEnterpriseLinux5Installation.php


    Note - If you already have an operating system besides Linux installed (for example, the Oracle Solaris OS), it will appear as a partition during the installation process. If you choose to install Oracle Linux on that partition, it will overwrite the OS. If you wish to preserve the partition, you must install Oracle Linux on a different partition.


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