SUMMARY: T5240 - DHCP jumpstart fails - BOOTP/DHCP configuration failed!

From: Darren King <>
Date: Thu Sep 02 2010 - 20:54:29 EDT
Thanks for all that replied and helped troubleshoot this issue.

There were 2 problems.

1. The DHCP vendor for a T5240 had not been configured in jumpstart.conf
This was found by snooping the dhcp packets and seeing how the client was
reporting itself and checking what was supported in the dhtadm config
table/jumpstart.conf.  Not used dhcp for jumpstart before so was a good
learning curve.  We use it as this server is on a different subnet to the JS

2. Version of Solaris
Check the product notes!!!!
Solaris 10 8/7 was not supported on the T5240 - unless it is patched with a
number of mandatory patches.  We are using such an old version of Soalris
because we were trying to stick to the version the app has been tested on and
patching is not really done here :) so way behind.
The options were to patch the jumpstart distribution of Sol 10 8/7 or install
a later version of Solaris. 

Have put on Sol 10 10/09 and it works fine!

Again thanks for the help


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Darren King
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 8:35 PM
Subject: T5240 - DHCP jumpstart fails - BOOTP/DHCP configuration failed!

T5240 - DHCP jumpstart fails

I have a T5240 which i want to jumpstart via dhcp but this process keeps
failing.  I dont believe that we have booted this server type from this
jumpstart server before.

DHCP seems to be working correctly, hostname is correct and the bound IP all
correct. The jumpstart directories are all shared ok.

Looking at the dhcp lease table i can see an IP handed out to my host.
Looking in the dhcp table i can see that a macro exists for the host and
matches the MAC address for interface i am booting from.

dhtadm -P
test0202             Macro         

Any ideas of what could be the problem or ideas on troubleshooting?


{0} ok boot net:dhcp -v - install

T5240, No Keyboard
Copyright (c) 1998, 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
OpenBoot 4.30.8.a, 261920 MB memory available, Serial X.X.X.X. Ethernet
address X.X.X.X, Host ID: X.X.X.X.

Boot device: /pci@500/pci@0/pci@8/network@0:dhcp  File and args: -v -
/pci@500/pci@0/pci@8/network@0: 1000 Mbps full duplex link up Timed out
waiting for BOOTP/DHCP reply
/pci@500/pci@0/pci@8/network@0: 1000 Mbps full duplex link up Using
BOUND: IP address is: X.X.X.X
Found X.X.X.X @ X.X.X.X
BOUND: Hostname is testhost02
BOOTP/DHCP configuration failed!
panic - boot: Could not mount filesystem.
Program terminated
{0} ok
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