The server does not include integrated storage devices like drives or disk arrays, so you must configure a bootable storage device for each server PDomain. If you ordered Oracle Flash Accelerator F160 PCIe cards with your server, one card per PDomain will be preinstalled with the Oracle Solaris OS. For instructions on setting up a factory-installed Oracle Flash Accelerator F160 PCIe card, see Configure the Oracle Flash Accelerator PCIe Card.
An AI server provides a customizable method to install the OS over the network. Refer to the following sections of the Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems document for instructions on preparing an AI server and an install service:
See the Connecting Network and Data Cables, and refer to the PCIe card, and the external storage device documentation for complete instructions on cabling the PCIe cards.
In order to start the Oracle Solaris OS installation, the PDomain must be able to boot the AI server. The following steps provide an example of configuring a quad Ethernet card installed in CMIOU1, PCIe slot 3. Refer to your network interface card documentation for instructions on configuring the network interface card device installed in your server's PDomain.
For a list of the PCIe device paths for the server, refer to Understanding PCIe Card Device and Service Paths in SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Service Manual.
ok show-nets a) /pci@306/pci@1/network@0,3 b) /pci@306/pci@1/network@0,2 c) /pci@306/pci@1/network@0,1 d) /pci@306/pci@1/network@0 q) NO SELECTION Enter Selection, q to quit: q
In this example, port 0 of the card is set as the primary network device.
ok nvalias net /pci@306/pci@1/network@0
Depending on your external storage device, you might be required to configure the OpenBoot boot-device parameter. Refer to How To Set the Boot Disk From OBP in Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems, Booting and Shutting Down Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems, and your external storage device documentation for instructions.
In this example, the boot net:dhcp command starts an interactive OS installation using an AI client that is accessible to the PDomain using DHCP. Refer to the Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems for instructions on performing a “hands-free” OS installation.
ok boot net:dhcp
If you have prepared an AI manifest, the installation will proceed without prompts. Refer to Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems for complete installation instructions.
During the OS installation, ensure that you install the Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VTS software packages.