Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers


This book describes how to install the SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) on IBM BladeCenter servers, starting with the Solaris 10 1/06 release.

Note –

Information and instructions in this book apply to installing the Solaris OS on the x86 platform only.

This book does not include instructions for setting up system hardware or other peripherals. Hardware-specific information for IBM BladeCenter servers can be found at

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators who are responsible for installing the Solaris OS on IBM BladeCenter servers.

This book provides the following information:

Related Books

The following table lists related information that you need when you install the Solaris software.

Table P–1 Related Information



Solaris 10 What’s New

Describes new features in the Solaris release 

Solaris 10 Release Notes

Describes any bugs, known problems, software that is being discontinued, and patches that are related to the Solaris release 

Solaris 10 Package List

Lists and describes the packages in the Solaris 10 OS 

Solaris Hardware Compatibility List

Contains supported hardware information and device configuration 

System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

Describes how to back up system files 

Related Third-Party Web Site References

Note –

Sun is not responsible for the availability of third-party web sites mentioned in this document. Sun does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials that are available on or through such sites or resources. Sun will not be responsible or liable for any actual or alleged damage or loss caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services that are available on or through such sites or resources.

Documentation, Support, and Training

The Sun web site provides information about the following additional resources:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–2 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX® system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–3 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser