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itsjustme 10-27-2003 03:31 PM

Upgrade Solaris 8 to 9, Sun Blade 100 Workstation
OK, I'm completely new to Solaris and I have a Sun Blade 100 Workstation with Solaris 8 on it. We want to update it to Solaris 9.

I was handed 3 ISO's, sol-9-u4-install-sparc.iso, sol-9-u4-sparc-v1.iso, and sol-9-u4-sparc-v2.iso, and burned them onto 3 CD's. Apparently these are free binary downloads from sun.

If this was linux I would just put the install cd into the drive and reboot and see what happens. But with Solaris, I don't know how to get this upgrade going? The install cd has no documentation, such as a readme on it. There doesn't appear to be a simple way to reboot. I guess I could try reboot at a command line and hope the thing booted from CD. I also don't know if this sparc machine has a bios setup screen similar to an award bios setup with del to set it to boot from CD.

The install CD has 6 folders listed, s0 - s5.
s0 has what looks like 3 executables in there, two are add_install_client and rm_install_client, and the other is modify_install_server. And there is boot folder with what looks like a listing from a / directory, /bin, dev, /usr, /var, etc.
Maybe I need to double click on something.

Anybody have some advice for me? Maybe a link to a howto type doc?


trickykid 10-27-2003 03:53 PM

Check this link out, lots of good information there about installing/upgrading to 9:

itsjustme 10-27-2003 04:03 PM

Thanks! Those DOCs will come in handy with this!

Also, I found another a solaris forum at sun and discovered that I could logout of CDE, get to a command line from the initial dialogue, type in 'init 0', gets to an 'ok' prompt, type in boot cdrom, and sure enough that install cd booted and I'm on my way.

trickykid 10-27-2003 04:17 PM

Yeah, another way is to just press Stop-A and that will bring you to a prompt to do this as well.. ;)

itsjustme 10-27-2003 05:46 PM

Does Solaris have virtual terminals like linux?

Are they accessed the same way, ctrl-alt-f2, etc.?

I'm kinda stuck in a spot in the upgrade where it wants me to 'specify backup media', and I didn't do a good job.., ok, I didn't do any job, of gathering disk info, etc.. before starting, and I need to find some space?

itsjustme 10-27-2003 08:08 PM

Well, I realized that there is a menu list at the top left of that Web Start (I think) part of the install, after the install cd, and started with the disk 1 'programs' disk. (That's a scary sentence, but I'm tired) Anyway, there is a selection for terminal in there. We were able to get in there and type reboot because we were stuck at the Specify Backup Media dialogue. We selected none, but once the process started chugging away on the CD, after about 10 or 15 minutes, we got an error about disk reallocation. We couldn't specify any device for the backup media. Time to look thru those docs and come up with a plan. ;)

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