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    June 2, 2011

Solaris installation on a SPARC T3 from a remote CDROM ISO

I wanted to install Solaris 11 Express on a SPARC T3-1 Server that was located in California. I was working in Massachusetts and had the ISO image of the Solaris 11 Express media on my laptop. Reading the SPARC T3-2 Server Documentation and the Integrated Lights Out Manager (ILOM) 3.0 Documentation it seemed that it would be possible to remotely mount my ISO image and use it for the installation, but I found that the documentation was rather spotty. Specifically, I didn't stumble across any documentation that led me to use the "rcdrom" device in the OpenBoot Prom (OBP, aka "the OK prompt") Here is the recipe:

  1. The SPARC T3-1 server was powered up, pre-installed with Solaris 10, and properly wired:
    • Ethernet for Solaris was available via the NET0 port.
    • Ethernet for the Service Processor was available via the SP NET MGT Ethernet port
    • The SP SER MGT port was connected to a terminal concentrator
  2. The Service Processor had a static IP Address, so it could be accessed with either SSH or HTTPS
  3. The ILOM remote CD-ROM image functionality isn't supported on Mac OS X, so I used Windows XP running in VirtualBox to access the ILOM via HTTPS.
  4. In the ILOM HTTPS interface, I clicked on "Redirection", "Use serial redirection", "Launch remote Console"
  5. In the ILOM Remote Console window, there is a pulldown for "Devices", "CD-ROM image..."
    • Selected the ISO image on my laptop 
  6. In Solaris 10, I was able to see that the remote ISO was mounted ("df -h")
  7. Shutdown Solaris 10 taking me back to the OK prompt
  8. I was able to see the "rcdrom" device:
    •   ok devalias
  9. And boot:
    •   ok boot rcdrom
  10. Confirmed success.  The T3 booted off of my ISO (slowly) and eventually promped for the installation language.  (English, Spanish, etc)

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Comments ( 10 )
  • guest Tuesday, May 8, 2012


    I need to install the T1000 server with similar setup, but I need more information with the above steps. Are you still available to answer questions?


  • guest Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Thank you very much...it worked like a champ..

  • guest Thursday, June 7, 2012

    I've looked around the manuals and I'm afraid that this isn't going to work for the T1000. My blog entry was written about the T3-1's ILOM, which is only a couple of years old. I think that the older T1000 ALOM didn't have this functionality.


  • guest Friday, December 7, 2012

    Also here, thank you for the instructions it works as described!

  • guest Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Please, i need help to install solaris 11 on my sparc t3-1. It said that i cant install this. I dont know how to do. I just started to work with servers now and i dont know how to procedure.

  • guest Thursday, March 6, 2014

    You need to provide more detail about where you are in the process and which step you are stuck on. Is the server set up and you have access to the ILOM? The process is here: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19836-01/E21414/E21414.pdf.

    Are you trying to follow steps in "Installing Oracle Solaris 11.1 Systems" documented at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26502_01/html/E28980/index.html

    Which step is problematic?

  • guest Monday, November 3, 2014


    I have my server done to work, but unfortunatly the password of the root that i have is not working, i need to reset this, someone know what i can do? I have a SPARC T3-1.


  • guest Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Hello Jeff,

    I am acctually just trying to reset the password of my root on my server. I tryed the follow steps in the links of oracle:

    -> set /HOST/bootmode script=”setenv auto-boot? false”

    Press Enter.

    Then type:

    -> reset /SYS

    -> start /HOST/console

    ok devalias

    ok boot cdrom (which in this step just in case i inserted a cd of

    Solaris 11 and I just accessed the terminal to try do

    mount in the disk)

    At the terminal:

    I thing i have to try list the correct disks and mount the correct one tho delete the password in /etc/shadow of root that i need and comeback all to the normal.

    BUT fdisk -l does not work in the terminal to findo the disk to mount. I just saw that i was inside of a disk that had the same hostname that i was in need, so i just delete the password of the root. Even all of this the server didint work, it does not cleared the root.

    Please, do you know something to help me, please? Did you already do something like this to give me a little hope?

    Thanks a lot

  • Anirudh Monday, August 1, 2016


    I am trying to install SPFS platform on sun Netra T5220 via network installation using ILOM's remote console.

    When I am selecting the CD ROM image giving the path for (SPFS ISO image), the ILOM console gets hanged.

    My question is that do we need to make any changes in nvalias before switching to network installation.

  • guest Thursday, November 17, 2016


    Great Post! It helped me to get Storage Redirection working with ILOM 3.0 on T6340 Sparc blades.

    A couple of things I discovered is that if you're using a modern version of Java (JDK/JRE) you'll need to comment out both jdk.tls.disabledAlgorithms and jdk.certpath.disabledAlgorithms to get either the java console or the storage redirection working. Also, I recommend using only the 32 bit version of Java as that is what is supported by Storage Redirection. While I had both 64 and 32 bit versions installed, the task of starting redirection with the 32 bit JRE javaws.exe a bit simpler if the 64 bit version wasn't present on my Windows 8.1 PC.



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