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Old 01-04-2004, 08:23 AM   #1
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Question Solaris install for sun server 'Ulra Enterprise 150'

Just yesterday i got myself a sun 'Ulra Enterprise 150' sever with Sun OS 5.6 (Solaris 2.x ?????)
Now if i want to boot from my cd to do a new instalation to the system, it tells me "Bad magic number in disk label"

Now i'm downloading Solaris 9 from sun for the sparc, but i whould prefer to keep to the original sun os 5.6. Now what i need to know ;

1 is there a place were i can download the original cd iso's
2 will solaris 9 instalation cd boot and not give the "Bad magic number in disk label"
3 is it possible to install linux (redhat or suse) on this sparc
Old 01-06-2004, 11:58 AM   #2
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SunOS 5.6 = Solaris 2.6

There is nowhere to get 2.6 anymore. It hasn't been used on production systems for several years, but you are correct to want to keep it. I find that it's much faster on older hardware (I own a dual proc SS1000 - Ebay ~120). Speaking of EBay - there are usually boxed software sets for 2.6 there. However, 2.6 and Java /barely/ get along - so alas, I'm taking the plunge, and upgrading to Solaris 8 (free download from

Unknown as to the origin of your Bad Magic number - although - check your hardware support. Sol9 dropped my SS1000, so make sure your hardware is supported by the newer Solaris.

Linux will install on a large amount of Sun Hardware, but you may have to search around for decent tips and tricks. Check out the Solaris forum at, it's been around longer than the Solaris forum here, and has some back-threads about Linux on Sun Hardware.

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