[rescue] Need other Solaris 8 (2/04) disk ISOs

Earl Baugh earl at baugh.org
Sat Oct 6 00:26:07 CDT 2018

I'll try to answer your questions in order...

Jumpstart isn't what I want to bother with.... I'm not looking to set up
another machine just to be able to load the OS on this machine.
I don't currently have a DVD drive that will work in this unit (I did try 5
drives that I have, all of which work in other machines but don't
seem to like this box... )  I don't have an external DVD drive set up right
now that I can directly interface to this.

Given the lack of success with the other drives (all of which I would have
thought wouldn't have an issue) I don't feel like
spending more $$ trying to guess what would work.   If someone can point me
to a model that would work that's fine I've just not
had any luck on this machine with one.  I figured the disk images would be
a more direct way to get things loaded.

Yes, I'd want the other disks as well.  I'm a long time Sun user ( have a
Sun 1/100, 2/120, 3/110, 4/110 along with many other boxes)
so I have plenty of OS versions just not Solaris 8 in CD form.  I've got
tapes for Sun OS 3.4-> to the Solaris releases on CD and DVD.
...  and I'm not interested in setting up Solaris 10 or 11.  I  don't know
that it would but wouldn't be any easier to get on it,, again DVD...
... and given I'm not a fan of Oracle I figured 8  would be a good one
without all the Oracle branding... and I have the full patch cluster for
so I don't have to fight that.The Solaris 9-> I have all have Oracle labels
all thru the OS... boot, etc. I wanted to have a "Sun Solaris" box running.
That's it.

(As is, .. I do a lot of Vintage Computer work and just wanted to have one
"somewhat-recent" Sun running again... I don't have big plans for it....
just wanted one in my 8 ft rack... the V120 fit the space and desire. Might
run some simple things on it, but nothing earth shattering)

 I've made basic ISO images on my Mac and PC with the DVDs and CDs. Wasn't
anything special... I used Toast on my Mac recently.

I believe I have the memory maxed in the machine.  I know adding memory
always helps...

I'm not surprised that you don't quite get why I wouldn't want the latest
OS on it...I seem to run into a lot of folks who don't
understand that I might not need to run the latest and greatest and push
every piece of hardware as far forward as it can go.
My Sun 1 running Sun OS 3.5 is still useful and has some fun things that I
like to use it for... I liked SunView... and the more "BSD" flavor of
Sun OS.  If anything I'm trying to set up earlier versions of the OS for it
rather than try to push it forward.  I've found in my Vintage Computer work
the older OSs are of interest themselves and always an educational
experience for both me and the folks I can show it to.  Many folks haven't
seen Sun OS 3.5... much less earlier versions (esp. at our VCF SE shows..)

I can set up a FTP server for you to drop the ISO's if you can get them
made. I'd appreciate it, but understand if you don't have the time...
Just let me know.


> I'm going to side with Peter, regardless of what you have, the easiest
> option is either to set up a Jumpstart server, or to used the
> DVD option.
> I see you have replied you don't have one.  Do you have one in another
> system you can temp. pull?   Or borrow one from a (local)
> friend?   Or just drive down to your favorite computer electronics store
> && spend $30 USD on one?  Without a doubt, jumpstart server
> or adding a DVD would be my Plan A.
> But now to the meat of my reply.  I have (physically) archived several
> Solaris 8 media packs.  Intentionally.   I am apparently the
> biggest OpenWindows/OpenLook fan here, and I have these so I can load the
> openwin packages on newer Solaris versions.
> Probably the media you are interested in, I have (1) yellow && white
> Solaris 8 02/04 media pack (SPARC platform edition) that
> contains (8) physical optical media/CD's.
> the list of media titles include::
> * Solaris 8 operating Environment
> * Solaris 8 Installation
> * Solaris 8 software disk 1 of 2
> * Solaris 8 software disk 2 of 2
> * Solaris 8 Languages
> * Solaris 8 Documentation European
> * Solaris 8 Documentation Asian
> * Solaris 8 Software supplement
> If you had the "languages" disk right now, and it met your needs, are you
> sure it wouldn't be asking for yet another disk you don't
> have, once the install has completed with the "languages" disk?
> My understanding (someone correct me if I'm wrong) is that the earlier
> optical media was broken down into slices, or sessions, or
> something.  Yes/no ?    Any special tricks or pointers I might need to
> read the languages disk to create an ISO?
> To the OP, If I was able to create an ISO of the languages disk, do you
> have an FTP site or some place I could upload it to?
> Not that its any of my business, but I don't understand the desire for
> Solaris 8.  Sun also made Solaris 9, and most of the releases
> of Solaris 10.  Unless I really have to, I don't personally want to be
> without ZFS in this day-and-age.
> Just so you are aware, sure you are, stating this for my own sanity, a
> V120 will run upto and including the latest Solaris 10
> (update 11) and also, Solaris 11 Express.  But not Solaris 11 proper, at
> least not without some hacking.
> I don't know if it will do more in an un-supported state, but a V120 max's
> out at 4 Gb of ram supported.   You want to get there if
> you can.  Memory is cheap for these boxes, just like a DVD drive.
> I currently have (2) V120 boxes running, one in a colo (lazyness on my
> part) that I built out on September 2009, and a duplicate box
> at home to experiment with.  V120's will run forever.
> Good luck with your V120
> -------- Original Message --------
> From: Peter Stokes
> Sent: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 2:12 PM CDT
> To: The Rescue List
> Subject: [rescue] Need other Solaris 8 (2/04) disk ISOs
> Hi Earl
> If you have the DVD, why not either temporarily hook up a SCSI DVD or
> setup a
> network install server, or copy across the iso and mount it?
> I only have the same as you sadly for 02/04
> Peter
> ---------------------------
> Peter Stokes
> Ashlyn Computer Services
> Mbl: 07977 532320
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> On 4 Oct 2018, at 20:01, Earl Baugh <earl at baugh.org> wrote:
> Hey,
> I finally got things sorted out in my rack and got the V120 loading Solaris
> 8 (yes, I want 8, I want a Sun branded version ;-) )
> WFH has let me multiplex and get other things going.... a nice benefit that
> I hadn't really appreciated before..
> Anyway, started thru the install and realized I only have disks 1 and 2.
> I've got the disk space and would like to load up the whole bundle...
> (it's now asking me for the Solaris 8 Languages disk... and in reading I
> realized there are more disks than that...)  I have a DVD
> edition in my pile but not the CD images... and this machine has the CD not
> DVD...  so anybody know where I could get the other images?
> I'm paused on the install right now... :-)
> Thanks!
> Earl

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