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

Custom JumpStart Example Scenario

The custom JumpStart process can be described by using an example scenario. In this example scenario, the systems need to be set up with the following parameters:

First, the system administrator must create a rules file and a profile for each group of systems. The rules file is a text file that contains a rule for each group of systems or single systems on which you want to install the Solaris software. Each rule distinguishes a group of systems that are based on one or more system attributes. Each rule also links each group to a profile.

A profile is a text file that defines how the Solaris software is to be installed on each system in the group. Both the rules file and profile must be located in a JumpStart directory.

For the example scenario, the system administrator creates a rules file that contains two different rules, one for the engineering group and another for the marketing group. For each rule, the system's network number is used to distinguish the engineering group from the marketing group.

Each rule also contains a link to an appropriate profile. For example, in the rule for the engineering group, a link is added to the profile, eng_profile, which was created for the engineering group. In the rule for the marketing group, a link is added to the profile, market_profile, which was created for the marketing group.

You can save the rules file and the profiles on a diskette or on a server.

After creating the rules file and profiles, validate the files with the check script. If the check script runs successfully, the rules.ok file is created. The rules.ok is a generated version of the rules file that the JumpStart program uses to install the Solaris software.