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Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: JumpStart Installations     Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Information Library
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1.  Where to Find Oracle Solaris Installation Planning Information

2.  JumpStart (Overview)

3.  Preparing JumpStart Installations (Tasks)

4.  Using Optional JumpStart Features (Tasks)

5.  Creating Custom Rule and Probe Keywords (Tasks)

6.  Performing a JumpStart Installation (Tasks)

JumpStart Installation Issues

SPARC: Setting Up a System for a JumpStart Installation (Task Map)

SPARC: Performing a JumpStart Installation

To Prepare to Install a Flash Archive With a JumpStart Installation

SPARC: To Perform an Installation or Upgrade With the JumpStart Program

SPARC: Command Reference for the boot Command

x86: Setting Up a System for a JumpStart Installation (Task Map)

x86: Performing a JumpStart Installation

x86: How to Perform an Installation or Upgrade With the JumpStart Program and GRUB

x86: Command Reference for Booting the System

7.  Installing With JumpStart (Examples)

8.  JumpStart Keyword Reference

9.  Installing a ZFS Root Pool With JumpStart



JumpStart Installation Issues

You should be aware of some issues before performing a JumpStart installation. Review the following table for specific information.

Table 6-1 JumpStart Installation Limitations

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The sample JumpStart script is no longer required to suppress the NFSv4 prompt
For the Solaris 10 release, a sample JumpStart script, set_nfs4_domain, was provided on media to prevent being prompted during a JumpStart installation. This script suppressed the NFSv4 prompt during installation. This script is no longer required. Starting with the Solaris 10 8/07 release, use the sysidcfg keyword, nfs4_domain to suppress the prompt. The set_nfs4_domain script no longer works to suppress a prompt.

If you have non-global zones installed and the new nfs4_domain keyword exists in the sysidcfg file, the first boot of a non-global zone sets the domain. Otherwise, the Oracle Solaris interactive installation program starts and you are prompted to provide a domain name before the boot process completes.

Providing Auto Registration information in the sysidcfg file keeps JumpStart installations hands-off
Auto Registration, a feature of Oracle Solaris, is new in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release. When you install or upgrade your system, configuration data about your system is, on rebooting, automatically communicated through the existing service tag technology to the Oracle Product Registration System. This service tag data about your system is used, for example, to help Oracle enhance customer support and services.

If you include the auto_reg keyword in the sysidcfg file prior to the installation or upgrade, the installation can remain completely hands-off. However, if you do not include the auto_reg keyword, you will be prompted to provide your support credentials and proxy information for Auto Registration during the installation or upgrade.

Selecting a keyboard language in the sysidcfg file prevents a prompt
If your keyboard is not self-identifying and you want to prevent being prompted during your JumpStart installation, select the keyboard language in your sysidcfg file. For JumpStart installations, the default is for the U.S. English language. To select another language and its corresponding keyboard layout, set the keyboard keyword in your sysidcfg file.
If you have non-global zones, use Live Upgrade to upgrade
You can upgrade a system that has non-global zones installed with JumpStart, but Live Upgrade is the recommended program to upgrade. JumpStart might require extensive upgrade time, because the time required to complete the upgrade increases linearly with the number of installed non-global zones.
A flash archive cannot contain non-global zones

A flash archive cannot be properly created when a non-global zone is installed.

If you use a flash archive to install an archive that contains non-global zones is not properly installed on your system.

The Flash Archive feature is not compatible with the Oracle Solaris Zones partitioning technology. If you create a flash archive, the resulting archive is not installed properly when the archive is deployed under these conditions:

  • The archive is created in a non-global zone

  • The archive is created in a global zone that has non-global zones installed

When using the archive_location keyword to install a flash archive, the archive and the installation media must contain identical operating system versions.
For example, if the archive is an Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 operating system and you are using DVD media, then you must use Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 DVD media to install the archive. If the operating systems versions do not match, the installation on the clone system fails.
SPARC: Additional hardware requirements
Refer to your hardware documentation for any additional requirements for your platform that might be required to complete a JumpStart installation.