Solaris 9 & Solaris 10: Creating a JumpStart Server from ISO Images

(Doc ID 1012049.1)

Last updated on JUNE 13, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris SPARC Operating System - Version 8.0 to 10 1/13 U11 [Release 8.0 to 10.0]
All Platforms

Symptoms

This document helps customers to use the downloaded Solaris 9 and later ISO images to create a JumpStart server image.

The Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) and later ISO images are laid out differently than previous versions of the ISO images for Solaris OS.
This document covers the predominant problem that is encountered in this process.

This document assumes the the user has experience with mounting and administering different file system types, is familiar with JumpStart technology, and is familiar with the "lofi" driver and the "lofiadm" utility.

Note:
This procedure is for the Solaris OS (SPARC(R) Platform Edition) ONLY.
This procedure does not apply to the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) because the mounting of that operating system is handled differently and cannot be addressed by the procedure described in this document.

To set up a JumpStart server using the Solaris 9 OS and later CD-ROMs, you must have access to both slice 0 and slice 1 on the CDs.
If you use a physical CD, no problem occurs -- vold will automatically mount both of the required slices, or if you are not using vold, you can mount the slices manually.

However, problems can result if you try to use an ISO image that is mounted using the "lofi" driver because lofi is not VTOC aware, which means that lofi cannot recognize that slice 1 exists and, therefore, cannot access it.
An error message similar to the following will probably appear:

Cause

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