SUMMARY: How do I install SunOS to a secondary disk on a non-dedicated system?

From: Marc Gibian (
Date: Tue Aug 29 1995 - 07:38:44 CDT

The bottom line is that there is no way around manually running
suninstall on a system booted off the mini-root of the distribution
CD. Once that is done, then stick that clean install on tape and use
that tape as the base for all futher install generation work. The only
reason to cut a new tape is to re-do the OS base on which the rest of
the install sits.

Additionally, it appears this same technique must be used for many
layered products which tend to want to do things relative to root (/)
and don't allow full redirection of their installation process.

So, it looks like I have to do the following before I can put things
on an existing "production" system for finishing touches and release
media generation:

1. SunOS 4.1.3 install from cd installed/booted mini-root.
2. SunOS 4.1.3 BSM installation.
3. SunOS 4.1.3/BSM custom kernel generation with build_kernel.
4. SunOS 4.1.3 patch installation.
5. SunOS 4.1.3/BSM/patch kernel generation.
6. Layered product installs for those products that are not "well behaved."
7. Generate tape of filesystems for use on "production" system for
   completion of reference filesystem generation and final product
   media generation.

Lots of manual steps here that I am not real pleased with... but I
don't really see any alternatives.

My thanks to the following for their replies: (Niall O Broin x 3619) (Tim Evans) (Kevin Sheehan {Consulting Poster Child}) (Al Venz)

Marc S. Gibian
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