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January 20, 2010

Installing Solaris 10 on a Sun Enterprise T1000

Filed under: Uncategorized — guilleml @ 11:33 am

Installing Solaris 10 in a T1000 is not as easy as you think as this machine doesn’t have any USB ports nor optical units, just ethernet interfaces.

We will need:

  1. Another machine with Solaris or OpenSolaris. I am going to use a VirtualBox machine with OpenSolaris as I don’t have another Solaris machine. The ethernet should be configured as “bridged” in VirtualBox and the host machine must be in the same subnet as the T1000 where we want to install Solaris.
  2. The Solaris 10 64bits install DVD for SPARC (sun4v). I downloaded the image and mounted it inside VirtualBox.
  3. The OpenSolaris server and the T1000 must be in the same subnet. We can get the T1000 MAC address from the OpenBoot or from the documentation.

We load OpenSolaris in the virtual machine and we mount the install DVD:

  1. Mount the DVD
  2. Be root
  3. mkdir -p /path/to/anywhere/sol
  4. mkdir -p /path/to/anywhere/config
  5. cd /cdrom/cdrom0/S0/Solaris_10/Tools
  6. ./setup_install_server /path/to/anywhere
  7. add in /etc/dfs/dfstab: share -F nfs -o ro,anon=0 -d “install dir” /path/to/anywhere/sol and add the path to config too.
  8. Run shareall and share and check the folders are shared.
  9. Check that nfsd is running: svcs -l svc:/network/nfs/server:default if not, execute it svcadm enable svc:/network/nfs/server:default
  10. cd /cdrom/cdrom0/S0/Solaris_10/Tools
  11. ./setup_install_server -b /path/to/boot
  12. cp /cdrom/cdrom0/s0/Solaris_10/Misc/jumpstart_sample/* /path/to/config
  13. edit /path/to/config/rules
  14. write: network net_ip.0 && arch sparc – profile –
  15. edit profile
  16. write install_type initial_install
    system_type standalone
  17. edit sysidcfg
  18. add standard lines without root_passwd
  19. cd /
  20. umount the DVD
  21. Edit /etc/hosts and add a new entry with host1 ip_t1000
  22. cd /path/to/anywhere/Solaris_10/Tools
  23. ./add_install_client -e ethernet_t1000 -s ip_server:/path/to/anywhere/sol -c ip_server:/path/to/anywhere/config -p ip_server:/path/to/anywhere/config host1 sun4v
  24. Check in /etc/bootparams root_server is not localhost, it has to be the OpenSolaris server ip.
  25. Boot the T1000, when we see the promt >ok type boot net -v – install
  26. The installation will start, follow the onscreen instructions.

    July 1, 2009

    Archlinux, VirtualBox and USB support

    Filed under: Uncategorized — guilleml @ 5:47 pm

    I’ve been using Archlinux for some time now and I’m pretty happy with it.

    I just want to comment how I got VirtualBox working with USB, just add the following line to your /etc/fstab file:

    none /proc/bus/usb usbfs auto,busgid=108,busmode=0775,devgid=108,devmode=0664 0 0

    Now you should be able to connect USB memory drives, webcams, modems…and catch them inside the virtual machine within the guest operating system running.

    September 22, 2008

    Suspend to disk and ram in Debian and Ubuntu

    Filed under: Uncategorized — guilleml @ 6:31 pm

    I’ve discovered a nice package that can suspend the computer to disk and to ram, I’ve tryed it under ubuntu, kubuntu and Debian Lenny and it’s worked really nice every time I’ve suspended the computer.

    To install it:

    #aptitude install uswsusp

    To suspend to ram I just run:

    #s2ram -f -p -m

    To suspend to disk:


    June 19, 2008

    Some problems with OpenSuse 11

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — guilleml @ 9:32 pm

    The system works great but there are some glitches I would like to be solved.

    • Kopete shows a notification windows always a contact writes me, I’ve disabled every notification but it stills shows them.
    • Flash plugin is not working under Konqueror4, it shows a gray square where the flash app should be, nothing more.

    I’ve installed kopete from KDE3, it isn’t so beautiful but at least it is not so annoying.


    I’ve configured Kmail with IMAP Gmail, it works fine but when I want to download all mail to local for offline access (backup) it doesn’t download them all or it crashes configuring it, so I’ve installed Thunderbird and it works perfectly fine, I’m starting to think OpenSuse 11.0 is not a final version, it’s a beta in my opinion.

    February 25, 2008

    Hello world!

    Filed under: Uncategorized — guilleml @ 6:08 pm

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