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SPARC T8-1 Server Installation Guide

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Updated: June 2019

Reach a State to Install a Fresh OS (Oracle ILOM Web Interface)

If you do not plan to use the preinstalled OS, use this procedure to prevent the server from booting from the preinstalled OS.

  1. Prepare the appropriate boot media according to your installation method.

    There are many methods by which you can install the OS. For example, you can boot and install the OS from external media or from another server on the network.

    For more information about the methods, refer to Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Systems, comparing installation options at:


  2. If you have not done so, perform these tasks to access the Oracle ILOM web interface on the server.
    1. In a browser on the same network as the system, type the IP address.
    2. Log in to Oracle ILOM by typing your user name and password.
  3. In the Oracle ILOM web interface, in the left navigation pane, choose Host Management → Host Boot Mode.

    The Host Boot Mode page is displayed.

  4. Apply these changes to the Host Boot Mode Settings.
    1. For State, select: Reset NVRAM.

      This setting applies a one-time NVRAM (OpenBoot) change based on the script setting, then resets the NVRAM to default settings on the next host reset.

    2. For Script, type: setenv auto-boot? false

      This setting configures the host to stop at the ok prompt instead of automatically booting the preinstalled OS.

    3. Click Save.

    Note - You have 10 minutes to perform the next step. After 10 minutes, the state is automatically returned to normal.
  5. In the left navigation panel, click on Host Management → Power Control.
  6. Select Reset from the pull-down menu, and click Save.
  7. In the left navigation panel, click on Remote Control → Redirection.
  8. Select Use Serial Redirection, and click Launch Remote Console.

    As the host resets, messages are displayed in the serial console. The reset activity takes a few minutes to complete. When the ok prompt is displayed, continue to the next step.

  9. At the ok prompt, boot from the appropriate boot media for your installation method.

    For more information, refer to the Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Systems, comparing installation options at:


    For a list of valid boot commands that you can enter at the OpenBoot prompt, type:

    {0} ok help boot
    boot <specifier>  ( -- )    boot kernel ( default ) or other file
        boot                    - boot kernel from default device.
                                   Factory default is to boot
                                   from DISK if present, otherwise from NET.
        boot net                - boot kernel from network
        boot cdrom              - boot kernel from CD-ROM
        boot disk1:h            - boot from disk1 partition h
        boot tape               - boot default file from tape
        boot disk myunix -as    - boot myunix from disk with flags "-as"
    dload <filename>  ( addr -- )     debug load of file over network at address
         4000 dload /export/root/foo/test
         ?go        - if executable program, execute it
                      or if Forth program, compile it
  10. During the installation, supply the configuration parameters as directed.

    See Oracle Solaris OS Configuration Parameters.

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