Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers

ProcedureHow to Perform an Installation of the Solaris 10 8/07 or the Solaris 10 11/06 OS on the IBM BladeCenter LS21, LS41, and HS21 Servers

Before You Begin

This procedure assumes you are using a network installation server. Before you begin the installation process, you must add the client system to the network installation server. The steps for adding the client system to the network installation server are described in this procedure. For more information, see Adding Systems to Be Installed From the Network With add_install_client.

See the following additional references:

Note –

If you used the procedure for patching the x86 miniroot image that is described in this document, you cannot install the Solaris 10 11/06 OS by using the graphical user interface (GUI) installation program. The installation program automatically defaults to the text console mode.

  1. On the network installation server or boot server, become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  2. Change directories to the Solaris_10/Tools directory.

    # cd new-install-dir-path/Solaris_10/Tools

    Specifies the location of the newly-created OS image.

  3. Run the add_install_client command to set up a network installation of the client system.

    # ./add_install_client -d -e ethernet-address i86pc

    Adds the x86 install client to an install server when you are using DHCP to set installation parameters on the network.


    Specifies that clients are to use the DHCP protocol for configuration.

    Use the -d option to boot the systems from the network by using PXE network boot. The output of this option lists the DHCP options you need to create on the DHCP server.


    Indicates that this installation will only occur on the client with the Ethernet address that is specified in the command syntax.

    For more information, see the install_scripts(1M) man page.

  4. Reboot the system that is to be installed.

  5. Follow the instructions that are described in the procedure, Booting and Installing a System From the Network.

  6. When the installation begins, select the Manual Reboot option.

    Select this option if you are installing from DVD or from the network.

    Note –

    During the installation, you might see the following error message:

    eeprom: syntax error in /boot/solaris/bootenv.rc line 23

    You can safely ignore this message.

  7. After the installation has completed, before the system reboots, type the appropriate keystroke combination to exit to a command shell.

  8. Make sure the DVD or network installation image is mounted.

    # ls /cdrom
    • If the following output is displayed, proceed to Step 9.

      Copyright 		boot 
    • If the preceding output is not displayed, type this command:

      # iostat -En

      Output that is similar to the following is displayed:

      c4t0d0 		Soft Errors: 7 Hard Errors: 0 Transport Errors: 0
      Vendor: HL-DT-ST Product: RW/DVD GCC-4244N Revision: 1.02
      Size: 0.00GB <0 bytes>
      Media Error: 0 Device Not Ready: 0 No Device: 0 Recoverable: 0
      Illegal Request: 7 Predictive Failure Analysis: 0 

      In the preceding example, the DVD device to mount is c4t0d0. The DVD device that you need to mount might be vary.

      # mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/dsk/c4t0d0s0 /cdrom
    • To mount the network installation image, type:

      # mount install-server:new-install-dir-path /cdrom
  9. Add the patches and the Broadcom Ethernet driver package to the newly-installed disk.

    • For the Solaris 10 8/07 release:

      1. Type the following command:

        # pkgadd -R /a -d /cdrom/Solaris_10/Tmp/Server/solaris/BRCMbnx.pkg
      2. Proceed to Step 10.

    • For the Solaris 10 11/06 release:

      1. Type the following commands:

        # patchadd -R /a /cdrom/Solaris_10/Tmp/118855-36
        # patchadd -R /a /cdrom/Solaris_10/Tmp/123840-04
        # patchadd -R /a /cdrom/Solaris_10/Tmp/125034-01
        # pkgadd -R /a -d /cdrom/Solaris_10/Tmp/Server/solaris/BRCMbnx.pkg 
      2. Proceed with Step 10.

  10. After adding the patches, reboot the system.

See Also

For more information about performing a PXE network boot, see Overview of Booting and Installing Over the Network With PXE in Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.

For more information about client-specific installations by using DHCP, see Creating DHCP Options and Macros for Solaris Installation Parameters.