Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Installation Guide

Chapter 2 Configuring the Optional Preinstalled OpenSolaris Operating System

This chapter describes the procedure for configuring the optional preinstalled OpenSolaris operating system (OpenSolaris 2009.06 or later) on the workstation.

This chapter contains the following topics:

Before You Begin

Before you begin configuring the preinstalled OpenSolaris OS, do the following:

Installation Worksheet

Use the following worksheet to gather the information that you need to configure the preinstalled OpenSolaris OS. You only need to collect the information that applies to your application of the system.

Table 2–1 Worksheet for OpenSolaris Configuration

Information for Installation 

Description or Example 

Your Answers:Defaults (*) 



Select from the list of available languages for the OpenSolaris software. 




Select your geographic region from the list of available locales. 




Select the type of terminal that you are using from the list of available terminal types. 


Network Connection 


Is the system connected to a network? 


Non-networked (*) 



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


No (*) 

If you are not using DHCP, note the network address: 

IP address 

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




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

If yes, what is the netmask of the subnet?  



Do you want to enable IPv6 on this machine? 



Host Name 


Choose a host name for the system. 




Do you want to configure Kerberos security on this machine?  

If yes, gather this information:  

  • Default Realm:

  • Administration server:

  • First KDC:

  • (Optional) Additional KDCs:



Name service 

Name service 

If applicable, which name service should this system use? 







Domain name 

Provide 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? 



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

You can also 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 the following information:  

  • Proxy-bind distinguished name:

  • Proxy-bind password:


Default Route 


Do you want to specify a default route IP address, or let the OpenSolaris installation 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 OpenSolaris installation program detect an IP address. However, the system must be on a subnet that has a router that advertises itself by using the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) for router discovery. If you are using the command-line interface, the software detects an IP address when the system is booted.

  • You can select 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*

Time zone 


How do you want to specify your default time zone? 

  • Geographic region*

  • Offset from GM

  • Time zone file

Root password 


Choose a root password for the system. 


Configuring the Preinstalled OpenSolaris OS

The steps described in this section will help you configure preinstalled OpenSolaris for your workstation.

ProcedureTo Configure the Preinstalled OpenSolaris OS

  1. Power on the workstation by pressing the Power button on the front panel.

    POST messages appear on your screen as the OS boots up. The GRUB boot loader menu appears.

    Graphic showing the OpenSolaris GRUB menu.
    Note –

    The GRUB menu on the preinstalled image has been configured to automatically select the OpenSolaris installation after power-up.

  2. Follow the OpenSolaris installation on-screen prompts using the information gathered in Installation Worksheet to enter the required system and network information.

    The screens that are displayed will vary, depending on the method that you chose for assigning network information to the server (DHCP or static IP address).

    After you have entered the system configuration information, the server completes the boot process and displays the OpenSolaris login prompt.

  3. At the login prompt, enter your account name and password.

    The OpenSolaris desktop appears.

    Graphic showing OpenSolaris desktop.
  4. To get started using OpenSolaris, click the Start Here icon on the desktop.

OpenSolaris User Documentation

You can access the various collections of the OpenSolaris OS user documentation at:

Restoring or Reinstalling OpenSolaris

If you need to either restore or reinstall the OpenSolaris OS, do the following: