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Using This Documentation

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

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Creating a Virtual Disk

How to Create a Virtual Disk

Installing Solaris OS

Solaris OS Installation Task Map

Choosing an Installation Method

Obtaining Solaris 11 Documentation

Obtaining Solaris 10 Documentation

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Solaris OS Installation

How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names

Linux

Linux Installation Task Map

Oracle Hardware Installation Assistant (OHIA)

Preparing for OS Installation

Selecting a Media Delivery Method

Installing Oracle Linux

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

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

Choosing an Installation Method

Caution

Caution - The Sun Server X2-8 supports only 64–bit Solaris installations. 32–bit installations are not supported.


The Sun Server X2-8 supports the following Solaris OS installation methods:


Note - The Solaris OS provides additional programs for installation, such as booting over a wide area network (WAN), but your server supports only those methods listed in this document.


The following table describes installation methods available for installing the Solaris OS.

Method
Description
Instructions
Boot Solaris from the preinstalled image.
Depending on your configuration, a Solaris OS image might be preinstalled on a hard drive.
Install from DVD or CD-ROM media.

Solaris 11 can also be installed from USB media using a special .usb image file.

Use the Solaris installation program on the CD or DVD media to install one server interactively.
Follow the instructions for x86 installation.
Install from the network by using PXE.

Caution

Caution - When you install the Solaris 10 OS from a PXE server, the netboot environment must be configured to use the 64–bit kernel. You can do this by changing the PXE boot menu to include amd64 on the kernel and module lines. For details, refer to the installation and jumpstart documentation in the Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 Information Library.


You need to use PXE to install the Solaris OS over the network when there is a need for automated installation.

To boot over the network by using PXE, you need to set up an installation server and a DHCP server, and configure the BIOS on each server to boot from the network.

Follow the instructions for an x86 PXE installation.
Use a serial console to install the Solaris OS in a PXE-based network installation.
Follow the instructions for an x86 PXE installation.
Boot the Solaris OS on your server without a hard drive. Use this method with a PXE-based network installation.
Follow the instructions for an x86 PXE installation.

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