Solaris 10 10/08 Installation Guide: Custom JumpStart and Advanced Installations

Procedurex86: To Perform an Installation or Upgrade With the Custom JumpStart Program and With GRUB

Use this procedure to install the Solaris OS for an x86 based system with the GRUB menu.

  1. If the system is part of a network, ensure that an Ethernet connector or similar network adapter is attached to your system.

  2. If you want to install a system that is connected through a tip(1) line, ensure that your window display is at least 80 columns wide and 24 rows long.

    To determine the current dimensions of your tip window, use the stty(1) command.

  3. Decide if you want to use a profile diskette.

    A profile diskette is no longer used to boot the system but, a diskette can be prepared that includes only the JumpStart directory. The diskette can then be used situations such as performing a JumpStart installation and booting off the CD-ROM.

    • If you are using a profile diskette, insert the profile diskette into the system's diskette drive.

    • If you are not using a profile diskette, continue with step Step 4.

  4. Decide how to boot the system.

    • If you boot from the Solaris Operating System DVD or the Solaris Software - 1 CD, insert the disc. Your system's BIOS must support booting from a DVD or CD.

    • If you boot from the network, use Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) network boot. The system must support PXE. Enable the system to use PXE by using the system's BIOS setup tool or the network adapter's configuration setup tool.

  5. (Optional) If you are booting from a DVD or CD, change the boot setting in your system's BIOS and set to boot from DVD or CD media. See your hardware documentation for instructions.

  6. If the system is off, turn the system on. If the system is on, reboot the system.

    The GRUB menu is displayed. This menu provides a list of boot entries.

    GNU GRUB version 0.95 (631K lower / 2095488K upper memory)
    |Solaris 10 10/08 image_directory                                      |
    |Solaris Serial Console ttya                                           |
    |Solaris Serial Console ttyb (for lx50, v60x and v65x               |
    Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted. Press
    enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the commands before
    booting, or 'c' for a command-line.

    The image_directory is the name of the directory where the installation image is located. The path to the JumpStart files was defined with the add_install_client command and the -c option.

    Note –

    Instead of booting from the GRUB entry now, you can edit the boot entry. After editing the GRUB entry, you then perform the JumpStart installation. For instructions about how to edit the GRUB entry and a list of installation options, see x86: Performing a Custom JumpStart Installation by Editing the GRUB Boot Command.

  7. At the prompt, perform one of the following instructions:

    Select the type of installation you want to perform:
             1 Solaris Interactive
             2 Custom JumpStart
             3 Solaris Interactive Text (Desktop session)
             4 Solaris Interactive Text (Console session)
             5. Apply driver updates
             6. Single User Shell
    Enter the number of your choice.
    Please make a selection (1-6).

    To select the custom JumpStart method, type 2 and press Enter.

    The JumpStart installation begins.

    Note –
    • If you do not make a selection within 30 seconds, the Solaris interactive installation program begins. You can stop the timer by typing any key at the command line.

    • If you select items 1, 3, or 4, you install with an interactive installation. For information about interactive installations, see Solaris 10 10/08 Installation Guide: Basic Installations.

    • If you select item 5, you install driver updates.

    • If you select item 6, you can perform maintenance tasks.

  8. If you did not preconfigure system information in the sysidcfg file, when prompted, answer the questions about system configuration.

  9. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the software.

    When the JumpStart program finishes installing the Solaris software, the system reboots automatically. Also, the GRUB menu.lst file is automatically updated. Then the instance of Solaris that you have installed appears in the next use of the GRUB menu.

    After the installation is finished, installation logs are saved in a file. You can find the installation logs in the following directories:

    • /var/sadm/system/logs

    • /var/sadm/install/logs