net boot fails: summary

Date: Sat Feb 13 1999 - 14:20:24 CST

I still have not solved this, but I have run out of time
and have upgraded the client workstation disk by hand.

This was the original question:

>I am having a problem getting a standalone system to
>boot from the net. Solaris 2.5.1, sparc 20 booting from
>an ultra 5. I have set up an the ultra 5 as an
>install server; ran host manager, added the client
>as a standalone client.
>Boot the client with "boot net", get
>RPC: timed out
>No bootparam (whoami) server responding; still trying
>RPC: timed out

plus I included some details on what I had looked at to try to fix the
problem. Thank you to the people who replied:

Sanjaya Srivastava <Sanjaya.Srivastava@Eng.Sun.COM>
"Matthew Stier" <>
Arthur Darren Dunham <>
"Akash X Dhama" <>
Ronald Loftin <>
"P Wallis" <>
P Wallis suggested that the netmasks should be the same (
for both client and server, and since there is no way to change the clients
netmask, I should change the servers to match. I did this and rebooted,
but it did not help.
Ronald Loftin, Akash X Dhama, and Darren Dunham pointed out that
the process responding to
the BPARAM broadcast would be rpc.bootparamd, and I should make certain that
it was running, and was responding with the correct bootparams stuff.
I ran rpc.bootparamd by hand in debug mode, but it never indicated that
it recieved or responded to any broadcast message.
Sanjaya Srivastava said to make certain the server has a default route
defined. It does, and looks ok.
Matthew Stier says he typically sees this problem when two systems report
different hostnames/ip addreses for the same MAC address. I don't think
this is happening, but have not had time to check much.

Thanks for your time in replying.


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