Solaris Advanced Installation Guide

SPARC: How to Create a Profile Diskette

Follow this procedure to create a profile diskette for SPARC-based systems, which involves:

  1. Log in as root on a SPARC-based system that has a diskette drive and a CD-ROM drive.

  2. Find a blank diskette (or a diskette that can be overwritten) that you can use for a profile diskette and insert it into the diskette drive.

    Any previous information on the diskette will be overwritten when you make it into a profile diskette.

  3. Make sure Volume Management knows about the diskette.

    # volcheck
  4. If the diskette already has a UFS file system on it, go to Step 10.

    To find out if the diskette has a UFS file system on it, check the /etc/mnttab file for an entry similar to this:

    /floppy/unnamed_floppy ufs

  5. Format the diskette.

    Caution - Caution -

    This step will overwrite any data on the disk.

    # fdformat -U
  6. Create a UFS file system on the diskette.

    # newfs /vol/dev/aliases/floppy0
  7. Eject the diskette.

    # eject floppy
  8. Insert the formatted diskette back into the diskette drive.

  9. Make sure Volume Management knows about the diskette.

    # volcheck
  10. Determine your next step based on where the Solaris CD is located.

    You only need to perform the rest of the steps if you want to copy example custom JumpStart files from the Solaris CD. You are already done creating the profile diskette.

    If You Want to Use The ... 

    Then ... 

    Solaris CD in the local CD-ROM drive 

    1. Insert the Solaris CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    2. Mount the Solaris CD (if needed).

      Note -

      Volume management automatically mounts the Solaris CD on /cdrom/cdrom0/s0 or /cdrom/cdrom0/s2.

    Solaris CD image on the local disk  

    Change the directory to the Solaris CD image on the local disk. For example: 

    cd /export/install

  11. Change directory to the Misc directory on the Solaris CD image.

    # cd Solaris_2.7/Misc
  12. Copy the example custom JumpStart installation files into the root directory (JumpStart directory) of the profile diskette.

    # cp -r jumpstart_sample/* /floppy/floppy0/.

    The files you just copied are only example custom JumpStart files. You must update the files for your own site.

    Note -

    When using a profile diskette, all the custom JumpStart installation files must be in the root directory of the diskette.

Where to Go Next

You have completed creating a profile diskette. Now you can update the rules file and create profiles on the profile diskette to perform custom JumpStart installations. To continue, go to "Creating the rules File".