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Solaris Express Installation Guide: Custom JumpStart and Advanced Installations
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Creating a Profile Diskette for Standalone Systems

A diskette that contains a JumpStart directory is called a profile diskette. A system that is not connected to the network does not have access to a profile server. As a result, you must create a JumpStart directory on a diskette if a system is not connected to a network. The system on which you create a profile diskette must have a diskette drive.

The JumpStart directory contains all of the essential custom JumpStart files, for example, the rules file, rules.ok file, and profiles. You must save the JumpStart directory in the root (/) directory of the profile diskette.

See one of the following procedures:

SPARC: To Create a Profile Diskette


Note - This procedure assumes that the system is running removable media services. If you have questions about removable media services that manage discs, refer to System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems for detailed information.


  1. Locate a SPARC based system to which a diskette drive is attached.
  2. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  3. Insert a blank diskette or a diskette that can be overwritten in the diskette drive.
  4. Mount the diskette.
    # volcheck
  5. Determine if the diskette contains a UNIX file system (UFS).

    Examine the contents of the file /etc/mnttab on the system for an entry such as the following:

    /vol/dev/diskette0/scrap  /floppy/scrap  ufs  suid,rw,largefiles,dev=1740008  927147040
    • If the entry exists, go to Step 7.

    • If the entry does not exist, go to the next step.

  6. Create a UFS on the diskette.
    # newfs /vol/dev/aliases/floppy0
  7. Determine if you want to copy examples of custom JumpStart files to your JumpStart directory.
    • If no, go to Step 10.

    • If yes, use the following decision table to determine what to do next.

    Example Locations

    Instructions

    The Solaris Operating System for SPARC Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD

    Insert the Solaris Operating System for SPARC Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD into the server's CD-ROM drive.

    Removable media services automatically mounts the CD or DVD.

    An image of the Solaris Operating System for SPARC Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD on a local disk

    Change the directory to the location of the Solaris Operating System for SPARC Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD image. For example, type the following command:

    cd /export/install
  8. Copy the example custom JumpStart files into the JumpStart directory on the profile diskette.
    # cp -r media_path/Solaris_11/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* jumpstart_dir_path
    media_path

    The path to the CD, DVD, or image on the local disk

    jumpstart_dir_path

    The path to the profile diskette where you want to place the example custom JumpStart files


    Note - You must place all custom JumpStart installation files in the root (/) directory on the diskette.


    For example, the following command copies the contents of jumpstart_sample on the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD to the root (/) directory on a profile diskette that is named scrap:

    cp -r /media/cdrom/s0/Solaris_11/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* /floppy/scrap
  9. Update the example JumpStart files on the profile diskette so that the files work in your environment.
  10. Ensure that root owns the JumpStart directory and that permissions are set to 755.
  11. Eject the diskette.
    # eject floppy

    You have completed the creation of a profile diskette. You can now update the rules file and create profiles on the profile diskette to perform custom JumpStart installations. To continue, go to Creating the rules File.

x86: To Create a Profile Diskette With GRUB

Use this procedure to create a profile diskette with GRUB. A GRUB menu is provided during the installation procedure that enables the boot process. The GRUB menu replaces the Solaris Device Configuration Assistant that might have been needed to boot a system in past releases.


Note - This procedure assumes that the system is running removable media services. If you have questions about removable media services that manage discs, refer to System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems for detailed information.


  1. Locate an x86 based system to which a diskette drive is attached.
  2. Become superuser or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  3. Insert a blank diskette or a diskette that can be overwritten into the diskette drive.
  4. Mount the diskette.
    # volcheck
  5. Determine if you want to copy examples of custom JumpStart files to your JumpStart directory.
    • If no, go to Step 8.

    • If yes, use the following decision table to determine what to do next.

    Example Locations

    Instructions

    The Solaris Operating System for x86 Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for x86 Platforms - 1 CD

    Insert the Solaris Operating System for x86 Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for x86 Platforms - 1 CD into the server's CD-ROM drive.

    Removable media services automatically mounts the DVD or CD.

    An image of the Solaris Operating System for x86 Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for x86 Platforms - 1 CD on a local disk

    Change directory to the location of the Solaris Operating System for x86 Platforms DVD or the Solaris Software for x86 Platforms - 1 CD image. For example, type the following:

    cd /export/install
  6. Copy the example custom JumpStart files into the JumpStart directory on the profile diskette.
    # cp -r media_path/Solaris_11/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* jumpstart_dir_path
    media_path

    The path to the CD, DVD, or image on the local disk

    jumpstart_dir_path

    The path to the profile diskette where you want to place the example custom JumpStart files


    Note - You must place all custom JumpStart installation files in the root (/) directory on the profile diskette.


    For example, the following command copies the contents of jumpstart_sample on the Solaris Software for x86 Platforms - 1 CD to the root (/) directory on a profile diskette that is named scrap:

    cp -r /media/cdrom/Solaris_11/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* /floppy/scrap
  7. Update the example JumpStart files on the profile diskette so that the files work in your environment.
  8. Ensure that root owns the JumpStart directory and that permissions are set to 755.
  9. Eject the diskette by clicking Eject Disk in the File Manager window or by typing eject floppy on the command line.
  10. In the Removable Media Manager dialog box, click OK.
  11. Manually eject the diskette.
See Also

You have completed the creation of a profile diskette. Now you can update the rules file and create profiles on the profile diskette to perform custom JumpStart installations. To continue, go to Creating the rules File.

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