SUMMARY: How to set up a boot server in Solaris 2.8 ?

From: Tony Magtalas <>
Date: Wed Sep 28 2005 - 15:03:14 EDT
Many thanks to the following individuals:
Anatoliy Lisovskiy
Laurence Moughan
Tormey Dave
Matthew Stier
Tim Evans
Kalyan Manchikanti
Rodrigo Javier Hernandez Egnen

The answer is:

Go to the Tools directory of Solaris 8 CD1 and run:

./setup_install_server -b /export/install

It takes about 45 min, and requires ~250 MB of
diskspace. The script will assume there is nothing
underneath /export/install directory (which is the
holding place for the Solaris 8 boot software)

Sun has also a document ID 70955 at
which provides a very comprehensive explanation of the
Jumpstart process. Other people refer to the man page
of the "setup_install_server" command. Make sure you
use the flag "-b" (make a boot server), and specify
a directory where you want the script to copy all the
necessary software from Solaris 8 CD#1

You need to have a Sun Spectrum service contract in
order to access this document.

Some people were confused between the "boot server"
and "jumpstart server". I only need to set up a boot

The following is my original inquiry and some
replies for your perusal

My Original query:

Hi there,
I would like to set up a system to be a boot server.
It is currently running Solaris 2.8.
I have the original CD's.


Subject: RE: How to set up a boot server in Solaris
2.8 Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 10:06:53 -0700
From: "Anatoliy Lisovskiy" <>

Anatoliy Lisovskiy
Senior Unix Administration, Engineering Systems
Genesys Telecom Labs, an Alcatel company

From: "Laurence

Document Audience:	SPECTRUM
Document ID:	70955
Title:	JumpStart[TM] software: Overview, Configuration
and Deployment
Update Date:	Thu Apr 14 00:00:00 MDT 2005
Products:	 Solaris,  Software
Technical Areas:	 JumpStart,  Install,  Administration

From: "Tormey, Dave" <>

setup_install_server -b 

Man setup_install_server

From: "Matthew Stier" <>

Add the '-b' flag when running 'setup_install_server'.

[It is documented in the script.]


man setup_install_server

Kalyan Manchikanti
Senior Unix Administrator
Open Systems Services - US
312-461-3046 (Desk)
From: 	"Tim Evans" <>

Boot server for what?  Doing Jumpstart installs?  
If so, look at the scripts in the Tools directory of
CD #1.

Tim Evans,, Inc.	|    5 Chestnut Court		|    Owings Mills, MD 21117		|    443-394-3864	|    

From: "Rodrigo Javier Hernandez Egnen"
Hi TOny:
	If you want to configure only a boot Server, you can
do follow these 

1) Insert CD1 of Solaris 8 into your "boot server"
2) Copy CD to local disk (i.e. to /export/install)
      # cd /cdrom/cdrom0/s0/Solaris_8/Tools
      # ./setup_install_server /export/install
3) Insert CD2 of Solaris 8
4) Copy CD2 to same directory in your local disk
   # cd /cdrom/cdrom0/Solaris_8/Tools
   # ./add_to_install_server /export/install
5) Add MAC Address of your Client to /etc/ethers file
on your "Boot 
      # echo "0:3:ba:1c:10:cd Client_Name" >>
6) Add IP Address of your Client to /etc/hosts file on
your "Boot 
      # echo "     Client_Name" >>
7) Exec add_install_client to configure on your server
the client 
       # cd /export/install/Solaris_8/Tools
       # ./add_install_client Client_Name sun4u
8) Boot your client over the network
	boot net

That's it. Good Luck and Cheers.

Rodrigo Hernandez Egnen
System Engineer
Movistar Chile 

From: "Anatoliy Lisovskiy" <>

go to Solaris_8/Tools directory on CD and run
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