SPARC: Using the Solaris Installation Program to Install or Upgrade From a Remote DVD-ROM or CD-ROM
If you want to install the Solaris OS on a machine or
domain that does not have a directly attached DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive, you
can use a drive that is attached to another machine. Both machines must
be connected to the same subnet. Use the following instructions to complete the
SPARC: To Install or Upgrade From a Remote DVD-ROM and CD-ROM
Note - This procedure assumes that the system is running the Volume Manager. If you
are not using the Volume Manager to manage media, refer to System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems.
This procedure also assumes you are using the share command instead of the
In the following procedure, the remote system with the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM is
identified as remote system. The system that is the client to be installed is
identified as client system.
- Identify a system that is running the Solaris OS and has a DVD-ROM
or CD-ROM drive.
- On the remote system with the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive, insert the Solaris DVD
or the Solaris Software for SPARC Platforms - 1 CD in the drive.
The Volume Manager mounts the disc.
- On the remote system, change directories to the DVD or CD where the
add_install_client command is located.
- On the remote system, add the system that you want to install as
The name of the system with the DVD-ROM or CD-ROM drive
The name of the machine you want to install
The platform group of the machine you want to install, for example sun4u. On the system that you want to install, find the platform group by using the uname -m command.
- Boot the client system that you want to install.
client system: ok boot net
The installation begins.
- Follow the instructions to type system configuration information if needed.
If you are using DVD media, follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation. You are finished.
If you are using CD media, the machine reboots and the Solaris installation program begins. After the Welcome panel, the Specify Media panel appears with Network File System selected. Proceed to Step 7.
- On the Specify Media panel, click Next.
The Specify Network File System Path panel appears and the text field contains
the installation path.
- On the remote system where the DVD or CD is mounted, change directories
remote system# cd /
- On the remote system, check for the path to the slice that has
remote system# share
- On the remote system, unshare the Solaris DVD or Solaris Software for
SPARC Platforms - 1 CD by using the path that is found in
Step 9. If paths lead to two slices, unshare both slices.
remote system# unshare absolute_path
Is the absolute path shown in the share command
In this example, slice 0 and slice 1 are unshared.
remote system# unshare /cdrom/cdrom0/s0
remote system# unshare /cdrom/cdrom0/s1
- On the client system that you are installing, continue the Solaris installation by
- If the Solaris installation program prompts you to insert the Solaris Software -
2 CD, repeat Step 9 through Step 11 to unshare the Solaris Software -
1 CD and to export and install the Solaris Software - 2 CD.
- If the Solaris installation program prompts you to insert additional Solaris Software CDs,
repeat Step 9 through Step 11 to unshare the Solaris Software CDs and to export
and install the additional CDs.
- If the Solaris installation program prompts you to insert the first Solaris Languages
CD, repeat Step 9 through Step 11 to unshare the Solaris Software CDs and
to export and install each Solaris Languages CD.
When you export a Solaris Languages CD, an installer window appears on the
machine where the CD-ROM is mounted. Ignore the installer window while you
install the Solaris Languages CD. After you complete the installation of the Solaris
Languages CD, close the installer window.