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Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations     Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Information Library
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Part I Planning to Install Over the Network

1.  Where to Find Oracle Solaris Installation Planning Information

2.  Preconfiguring System Configuration Information (Tasks)

3.  Preconfiguring With a Naming Service or DHCP

Part II Installing Over a Local Area Network

4.  Installing From the Network (Overview)

5.  Installing From the Network With DVD Media (Tasks)

6.  Installing From the Network With CD Media (Tasks)

7.  Patching the Miniroot Image (Tasks)

8.  Installing Over the Network (Examples)

9.  Installing From the Network (Command Reference)

Part III Installing Over a Wide Area Network

10.  WAN Boot (Overview)

11.  Preparing to Install With WAN Boot (Planning)

12.  Installing With WAN Boot (Tasks)

13.  SPARC: Installing With WAN Boot (Tasks)

14.  SPARC: Installing With WAN Boot (Examples)

Sample Site Setup

Create the Document Root Directory

Create the WAN Boot Miniroot

Check the Client OBP for WAN Boot Support

Install the wanboot Program on the WAN Boot Server

Create the /etc/netboot Hierarchy

Copy the wanboot-cgi Program to the WAN Boot Server

(Optional) Configure the WAN Boot Server as a Logging Server

Configure the WAN Boot Server to Use HTTPS

Provide the Trusted Certificate to the Client

(Optional) Use Private Key and Certificate for Client Authentication

Create the Keys for the Server and the Client

Create the Flash Archive

Create the sysidcfg File

Create the Client's Profile

Create and Validate the rules File

Create the System Configuration File

Create the wanboot.conf File

Check the net Device Alias in OBP

Install Keys on the Client

Install the Client

15.  WAN Boot (Reference)

Part IV Appendixes

A.  Troubleshooting (Tasks)

B.  Installing or Upgrading Remotely (Tasks)



Create the wanboot.conf File

WAN boot uses the configuration information that is included in the wanboot.conf file to install the client machine. Create the wanboot.conf file in a text editor. Save the file to the appropriate client subdirectory in the /etc/netboot hierarchy on the WAN boot server.

The following wanboot.conf file for wanclient-1 includes configuration information for a WAN installation that uses secure HTTP. This file also instructs WAN boot to use a HMAC SHA1 hashing key and a 3DES encryption key to protect data.


This wanboot.conf file specifies the following configuration:


The wanboot program is named wanboot.s10_sparc. This program is located in the wanboot directory in the document root directory on wanserver-1.


The location of the wanboot-cgi program on wanserver-1 is The https portion of the URL indicates that this WAN boot installation uses secure HTTP.


The WAN boot miniroot is named miniroot.s10_sparc. The miniroot is located in the miniroot directory in the document root directory on wanserver-1.


The wanboot program and the WAN boot file system are signed by using a HMAC SHA1 hashing key.


The wanboot program and the WAN boot file system are encrypted with a 3DES key.


The server is authenticated during the installation.


The client is not authenticated during the installation.

Note - If you performed the tasks in (Optional) Use Private Key and Certificate for Client Authentication, set this parameter as client_authentication=yes


No additional host names are needed to perform the WAN installation. All the host names that are required by the wanboot-cgi program are specified in the wanboot.conf file and the client certificate.


Booting and installation log messages are displayed on the system console. If you configured the logging server in (Optional) Configure the WAN Boot Server as a Logging Server and you want WAN boot messages to appear on the WAN boot server as well, set this parameter to boot_logger=


The system configuration file that specifies the locations of the sysidcfg and JumpStart files is located in the sys-conf.s10–sparc file in the /etc/netboot hierarchy on wanserver-1.

In this example, you save the wanboot.conf file in the /etc/netboot/ directory on wanserver-1.