Thanks go to Matthew Stier and Thomas Jackson.
Turns out that it is certainly possible to boot the flash-update kernel over
the network. After carefully watching a local update, I got it to work.
The flash-update kernel reads some information from /platform, which means that
you must have a network boot image (like the one in Solaris_x.x/Tools/Boot for
the install server) in order for flash-update to do its magic.
I was trying to boot the flash-update *as* the kernel over the network --
meaning that the file that was TFTP'ed to the client at boot time was the
flash-update file. This failed miserably because it couldn't read the files in
The proper way to do it is to set up a network boot image (Tools/Boot), add the
client (run add_install_client), and put the flash-update file in the root dir
of the boot image. (make sure the flash-update is chmod 0755!)
Then you go to the client and do 'boot net /flash-update-file-name'.
The network boot kernel will mount the boot image via NFS, allowing the
flash-update kernel to read /platform and continue on its merry way.
On Mon, Oct 02, 2000 at 09:35:29PM -0400, Tim Strobell - Asst Systems Admi wrote:
|>Howdy fellow managers,
|>I need to roll out flash updates for ~100 Ultra 5s of varying age.
|>Although each will need to be cracked open so the prom jumper is
|>write-enabled, is there any way to boot the flash-update 'kernel' over the
|>I've tried booting the flash update as if it were say, the network boot
|>kernel, but the boot fails with 'fast data access mmu miss'.
|>Anyone have any ideas or have done this before?
|>Thanks, and will summarize.
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