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Installation architecture draft posted

Dave Miner
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
It's been a long time coming, but we at last have published our first draft of the architecture for the future Solaris installer, a project known as Caiman.  If you have an interest in how the Solaris installer should work, please drop by install-discuss@opensolaris.org and provide your feedback on this document.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Tim Wednesday, November 8, 2006
    Does it do the following:
    1) Boot off anything (CD, DVD, USB stick, network)
    2) Assign the IP, NM, GW
    3) Establish connectivity to the jumpstart server
    4) Install to the local hard disks
    No WANboot, no flar images, no boot servers on every subnet.
  • Dave Miner Wednesday, November 8, 2006
    I see Tim's comment was also posted to install-discuss and answered there, so I'll not repeat that information. Peter makes a good point about having the ability to dry-run a configuration. Right now we have some ability to do this with the current installer (see the pfinstall man page) and Jumpstart profiles, but I think there's a need for more. That's something we may not have addressed particularly well in this draft, but it's definitely a goal.
  • Peter Thursday, November 9, 2006

    Browsing the document, I'll try and find time to read it over the weekend, the scope of this project is so much greater and so dry-run testing will be so much more important.

    Personally I have never seen pfinstall as having great value, but that is a personal opinion


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