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Solaris Express Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations
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Installing Over a Wide Area Network (Task Maps)

The following tables list the tasks you need to perform to prepare for a WAN boot installation.

To use a DHCP server or a logging server, complete the optional tasks that are listed at the bottom of each table.

Table 11-1 Task Map: Preparing to Perform a Secure WAN Boot Installation

Task

Description

For Instructions

Decide what security features you want to use in your installation.

Review the security features and configurations to decide what level of security you want to use in your WAN boot installation.

Protecting Data During a WAN Boot Installation

Security Configurations Supported by WAN Boot (Overview)

Collect WAN boot installation information.

Complete the worksheet to record all the information you need to perform a WAN boot installation.

Gathering Information for WAN Boot Installations

Create the document root directory on the WAN boot server.

Create the document root directory and any subdirectories to serve the configuration and installation files.

Creating the Document Root Directory

Create the WAN boot miniroot.

Use the setup_install_server command to create the WAN boot miniroot.

SPARC: To Create a WAN Boot Miniroot

Verify that the client system supports WAN boot.

Check the client OBP for boot argument support of WAN boot.

To Check the Client OBP for WAN Boot Support

Install the wanboot program on the WAN boot server.

Copy the wanboot program to the document root directory of the WAN boot server.

Installing the wanboot Program on the WAN Boot Server

Install the wanboot-cgi program on the WAN boot server.

Copy the wanboot-cgi program to the WAN boot server's CGI directory.

To Copy the wanboot-cgi Program to the WAN Boot Server

(Optional) Set up the logging server.

Configure a dedicated system for displaying boot and installation log messages.

(Optional) To Configure the WAN Boot Logging Server

Set up the /etc/netboot hierarchy.

Populate the /etc/netboot hierarchy with the configuration and security files that are required for a WAN boot installation.

Creating the /etc/netboot Hierarchy on the WAN Boot Server

Configure the web server to use secure HTTP for a more secure WAN boot installation.

Identify the web server requirements that are necessary to perform a WAN installation with HTTPS.

(Optional) Protecting Data by Using HTTPS

Format digital certificates for a more secure WAN boot installation.

Split PKCS#12 file into a private key and a certificate to use with the WAN installation.

(Optional) To Use Digital Certificates for Server and Client Authentication

Create a hashing key and an encryption key for a more secure WAN boot installation.

Use the wanbootutil keygen command to create HMAC SHA1, 3DES, or AES keys.

(Optional) To Create a Hashing Key and an Encryption Key

Create the Solaris Flash archive.

Use the flarcreate command to create an archive of the software that you want to install on the client.

To Create the Solaris Flash Archive

Create the installation files for the custom JumpStart installation.

Use a text editor to create the following files:

  • sysidcfg

  • profile

  • rules.ok

  • begin scripts

  • finish scripts

To Create the sysidcfg File

To Create the Profile

To Create the rules File

(Optional) Creating Begin and Finish Scripts

Create the system configuration file.

Set the configuration information in the system.conf file.

To Create the System Configuration File

Create the WAN boot configuration file.

Set the configuration information in the wanboot.conf file.

To Create the wanboot.conf File

(Optional) Configure the DHCP server to support a WAN boot installation.

Set Sun vendor options and macros in the DHCP server.

Preconfiguring System Configuration Information With the DHCP Service (Tasks)

Table 11-2 Task Map: Preparing to Perform an Insecure WAN Boot Installation

Task

Description

For Instructions

Decide what security features you want to use in your installation.

Review the security features and configurations to decide what level of security you want to use in your WAN boot installation.

Protecting Data During a WAN Boot Installation

Security Configurations Supported by WAN Boot (Overview)

Collect WAN boot installation information.

Complete the worksheet to record all the information you need to perform a WAN boot installation.

Gathering Information for WAN Boot Installations

Create the document root directory on the WAN boot server.

Create the document root directory and any subdirectories to serve the configuration and installation files.

Creating the Document Root Directory

Create the WAN boot miniroot.

Use the setup_install_server command to create the WAN boot miniroot.

SPARC: To Create a WAN Boot Miniroot

Verify that the client system supports WAN boot.

Check the client OBP for boot argument support of WAN boot.

To Check the Client OBP for WAN Boot Support

Install the wanboot program on the WAN boot server.

Copy the wanboot program to the document root directory of the WAN boot server.

Installing the wanboot Program on the WAN Boot Server

Install the wanboot-cgi program on the WAN boot server.

Copy the wanboot-cgi program to the WAN boot server's CGI directory.

To Copy the wanboot-cgi Program to the WAN Boot Server

(Optional) Set up the logging server.

Configure a dedicated system for displaying boot and installation log messages.

(Optional) To Configure the WAN Boot Logging Server

Set up the /etc/netboot hierarchy.

Populate the /etc/netboot hierarchy with the configuration and security files that are required for a WAN boot installation.

Creating the /etc/netboot Hierarchy on the WAN Boot Server

(Optional) Create a hashing key.

Use the wanbootutil keygen command to create HMAC SHA1 key.

For insecure installations that check data integrity, complete this task to create an HMAC SHA1 hashing key.

(Optional) To Create a Hashing Key and an Encryption Key

Create the Solaris Flash archive.

Use the flarcreate command to create an archive of the software that you want to install on the client.

To Create the Solaris Flash Archive

Create the installation files for the custom JumpStart installation.

Use a text editor to create the following files:

  • sysidcfg

  • profile

  • rules.ok

  • begin scripts

  • finish scripts

To Create the sysidcfg File

To Create the Profile

To Create the rules File

(Optional) Creating Begin and Finish Scripts

Create the system configuration file.

Set the configuration information in the system.conf file.

To Create the System Configuration File

Create the WAN boot configuration file.

Set the configuration information in the wanboot.conf file.

To Create the wanboot.conf File

(Optional) Configure the DHCP server to support a WAN boot installation.

Set Sun vendor options and macros in the DHCP server.

Preconfiguring System Configuration Information With the DHCP Service (Tasks)

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