Thursday Aug 25, 2011

Jumpstart an x86 Server Without DHCP

If you're stuck on a network that has no DHCP but you do have a Jumpstart server, you can still successfully install your OS.

The easiest way is to boot your server off a Solaris CD or DVD and make the necessary changes to GRUB on the fly. Choose any of the GRUB boot options and edit it to look like the following:

min_mem64 1024
ifconfig --address=client_address --gateway=client_gateway --mask=client_netmask --server=boot_server_address
root (nd)
kernel$ /I86PC.Solaris_10-1/multiboot kernel/unix -B install_media=boot_server_address:/export/install/media/sol10u9_x86,install_boot=boot_server_address:/export/install/media/sol10u9_x86/boot - nowin install
module$ /I86PC.Solaris_10-1/x86.miniroot

Make sure you change client_address, client_gateway, client_netmask and boot_server_address to suit your setup.

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Ben is an Enterprise Architect in the Oracle Systems sales consulting business in Melbourne, Australia. This blog focuses on Solaris and Oracle Sun servers, storage and networking.

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