Solaris Jumpstart Cheat Sheet

This post is a quick revision sheet, please refer to the sun documation regarding on how to install, configure
and implement Solaris Jumpstart

Create the directory structure mkdir -p /export/jumpstart/Solaris_8
mkdir /export/jumpstart/Solaris_10
mkdir /export/jumpstart/config
mkdir /export/jumpstart/boot
Share out directories # edit the /etc/dfs/dfstab file
share -F nfs -o ro,anon=0 /export/jumpstart/
Create Install server # Obtain the Solaris 8 CD’s
setup-install-server /export/jumpstart/Solaris_8

  1. Obtain the Solaris 10 CD’s or DVD

setup-install-server /export/jumpstart/Solaris_10

Add additional software # Solaris normally comes on multiple CD’s
add-to-install-server /export/jumpstart/Solaris_8

  1. Solaris normally comes on multiple CD’s

add-to-install-server /export/jumpstart/Solaris_10

Copy the configuration and example scripts The samples can be find in and should be copied to /export/jumpstart/config

<your configured path>/Misc/jumpstart_sample

Create boot Servers # If additonal boot servers are required
setup-install-server -b /export/jumpstart/boot
Setup automatic system config create the sysidcfg information in the /export/jumpstart/config directory (can use sysidconfig from other servers)

Example sysidcfg file
network_interface=primary {netmask= protocol_ipv6=no}

Create profiles # There are various examples on the CD’s (directory)

  1. profile keywords profile values
  2. —————– —————–

install_type initial_install
system_type standalone
partitioning default
filesys c0t0d0s0 4000 /
filesys c0t0d0s1 1000 swap
filesys c0t0d0s3 1000 /var
cluster SUNWcuser
cluster SUNWCacc
package SUNWman delete

Create Begin & Finish scripts The scripts can be shell, perl, etc
Create rules file The rules are based on keywords with values, begin script, profile, finish script

hostname vclus1 –   cluster_profile –

Check rules file # Run the check script within the config directory, a file will be created called “rules.ok”


Setup clients # add_install_client is in Solaris_10/Tools directory

-e 8:0:20:7a:22:7e
-t jump1:/export/jumpstart/Solaris_10/Tools/Boot
-p jump1:/export/jumpstart/config
-c jump1:/export/jumpstart/config
-s jump1:/export/jumpstart/Solaris_10

-e client ethernet address
-i IP address of client
-t install boot image path
-p Profile Server:<path to sysidcfg file >
-c Configuration Server:<custom jumpstart directory >
-s Install Server:<OS Location>

you could have obmitted the -e and -i options if you add them to /etc/ethers and /etc/hosts files

Other useful options
-d specify as a DHCP client

check boot server ## to make sure that a boot server is on the network, yo can use the command

rpcinfo -b bootparam 1

Jumpstart Process

Jumpstart Server/Client Process
  • Client sends a RARP for its IP address
  • The Boot Server responds via RARPD (in.rarpd) with the IP address in /etc/ethers or the ethers NIS/NIS+ map depending on the ethers setting in /etc/nsswitch.conf
  • The client sends a tftp request for a bootimage
  • The server starts in.tftp from inetd and sends the small net kernel image
  • The client then starts bootparams client and requests boot info
  • The server responds with the clients entry from /etc/bootparams
  • The client NFS mount it’s root partition from the install server
  • The client then mounts the configuration server (/jumpstart) and runs “sysidtool”.
  • It then mounts the install image and runs Suninstall to begin the install process.

Daemons used

Daemons Used mountd
rpld (x86)

Files Used

Files Used /tftpboot