[SunHELP] network install problems..

Ryan Loiselle sun-help at azonicnet.com
Fri Jul 2 02:18:10 CDT 2004

Hello all..

I am trying to use a Solaris 9 install/boot server that I have created
on my Blade 100 to install Solaris 9 via the network on my Netra t1 105
(new web server).

I have followed the Solaris instructions, and have had no problems with
that.. (other then the SunONE version of the Solaris disks not having the
files to create a boot server, and me taking a year to figure out to try
the IPlanet disks that I wasnt planning on using)...

I have also followed Sun's trouble shooting guide @ the back of the
Solaris install manual.. @ the OK prompt I have 'setenv diag-switch? true'
and 'setenv boot-file " "' ... the only thing that doesnt make sense is
that it says to 'ensure that the diag-switch is set to off and to true'..
well i have set it to true, but am not quite sure what they mean by off??

the following is diplayed on the netra @ boot:

Netra t1 (UltraSPARC-IIi 360MHz), No Keyboard
OpenBoot 3.10.24 ME, 128 MB memory installed, Serial #12744718.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:c2:78:e, Host ID: 80c2780e.

Boot device: net  File and args:
Using External Transceiver - Link Up.
Server  IP address:
Client  IP address:
Using External Transceiver - Link Up.
boot: cannot open kernel/unix
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:

the contents of the /tftpboot dir are:

bash-2.05# ls -la /tftpboot/
total 306
drwxrwxr-x   2 root     other        512 Jul  2 01:14 .
drwxr-xr-x  48 root     root        1536 Jun 27 02:16 ..
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     other         26 Jul  2 01:14 0A0A0A14 ->
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     other         26 Jun 27 02:16 0A0A0A14- ->
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     other         26 Jul  2 01:14 0A0A0A14.SUN4U ->
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     other         26 Jun 27 02:16 0A0A0A14.SUN4U- ->
-rwxr-xr-x   1 root     other     131328 Jun 27 02:16
-rw-r--r--   1 root     other        413 Jul  2 01:14 rm.
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     other          1 Jun 27 02:16 tftpboot -> .

and the only error message I could find was in /var/adm/messages:

Jul  2 01:41:21 blade-azonicnet.com automountd[237]: [ID 784820
daemon.error] server unknown not responding
Jul  2 01:41:21 blade-azonicnet.com last message repeated 3 times

I have also tried variations of the ./add_install_client script:

./add_install_client wwwserv sun4u
./add_install_client -i -e 8:0:20:c2:78:e -s
localhost:/export/storage/Solaris9_install/ -p
localhost:/export/storage/Solaris9_install/ wwwserv sun4u
./add_install_client -i -e 8:0:20:c2:78:e -p
localhost:/export/storage/Solaris9_install/ wwwserv sun4u

and then without the -i -e 8:0:20:c2:78:e

oh, and i guess the last bit of info that might help is, the following
dir's are shared via NFS, according to the Solaris Installation

bash-2.05# share
- /export/storage/S9-sysidcfg   ro,anon=0   "sysidcfg config directory"
- /export/storage/Solaris9_install   ro,anon=0   ""

does anyone have any help, hints, suggestions, things that are totally out
there to try?  all the documentation that i have been able to find on this
problem, and netra t1's talks about solaris 7 + 8, and needing to install
some patch.. but i dont think i need to do that with s9...

if anyone would like, this is my little lab @ home, where i am doing most
of this... the pics are anywhere from 2 years to 6 months old.. there are
2 more sparc5's, 2 more Cisco 2500's, and the netra that have been added
since then:


Thanks a bunch!

Ryan Loiselle

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