v20z and PXE boot

I've got a v20z system that I use for testing, and I want to do a fresh install of Solaris on it. There's a PXE netinstall server on the same subnet, so I figured I'd just do a PXE boot. But then I had to figure out how to PXE boot a v20z whose console is a serial line connected to a tip server. Pressing F12 (repeatedly) during boot didn't work, using either xterm or gnome-terminal.

With some systems, there's a magic key sequence you have to enter instead of F12. With other systems, you press F2 to get into the BIOS, and you reconfigure the BIOS to boot off the network. The v20z is one of the latter, but there are a couple gotchas.

  1. Not only do you have to put the network at the top of the boot device list (use the "+" key), but you also have to put the hard disk at the bottom of the boot device list (use the "-" key).
  2. On a Solaris color xterm, the selected BIOS menu item is invisible.
Comments:

You can also hit Esc, then @. Esc, and then 1-9 simulate F1-F9. so to get F2, you can hit Esc-2 (one after another, not together) to get F10, I believe it's Esc-0 F11: Esc-! F12: Esc-@

Posted by steve on April 01, 2005 at 07:36 AM PST #

Yes, <code>ESC @</code> does seem to work, though the first time I tried it I fat-fingered it and caused a hang.

<code>ESC [ 2 4</code> also seems to work.

Posted by Mike Kupfer on April 05, 2005 at 08:57 AM PDT #

v20z network in the BIOS is not the bge's. To boot off the network make sure that the 2 MBA (depending which one you used) is above the hard disks entries.

Posted by khtan on November 21, 2005 at 04:08 AM PST #

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