SUMMARY: Boot Solaris(Sparc) from Solaris (Intel) boot server

From: Andrew ( <>
Date: Fri May 09 2003 - 05:12:55 EDT
Hi all

I have managed to achieve this with the help of Martin Schmitt
[].  These were steps I used to get my netraX1 to boot.

1. I installed the boot server using the scripts setup_server from the
solaris media kit to my Solaris Intel boot server.  Namely one and two.
2. Then I applied the necessary patch from for the NetraX1
( to the boot server.
3. From there is when I was getting the error 

Executing last command: boot net
Boot device: /pci@1f,0/ethernet@c  File and args:
SunOS Release 5.8 Version Generic_108528-06 64-bit
Copyright 1983-2000 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved. 
Cannot load drivers for /pci@1f,0/ethernet@c Can't load the root 
filesystem Type  'go' to resume

	so to correct this I created the script below and ran it on the boot

export BASEDIR=/install/07_01/Solaris_8/Tools/Boot   <<< EDIT THIS!!! 
export DRV=dmfe 
export DRVALIAS='"pci128h,9102" "pci1282,9102" "ethernet"' 
export DRVPERM='* 0600 root sys' 
export ADD_DRV="add_drv -b ${BASEDIR}" 
${ADD_DRV} -m "${DRVPERM}" -i "${DRVALIAS}" ${DRV} 
(Credits for this script go to Tomas Vanhala who analyzed the situation on and pointed out what's 
going on behind the scenes.) 

After doing all this my netrax1 was able to boot over the network form my
solaris9 intel pc.  This should work for solaris 7 and 8 but needs to be
tested. Whether or not the reinstallation works it unknown to me at this
time because I only needed it to boot to the command prompt (boot net -s) to
copy in some files. Thanks a lot for all the replies I hope this helps.  
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Received on Fri May 9 05:12:47 2003

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