Archive for 'Solaris Install'

Creating a bootable OpenSolaris USB thumb drive

This past week, I had the need to install opensolaris on a host using a USB thumb drive. To create a bootable USB drive, I first needed to snag the distribution constructor tools via mercurial (I ran these commands from an OpenSolaris host): $ pkg install SUNWmercurial $ hg clone ssh://anon@hg.opensolaris.org/hg/caiman/slim_source The caiman slim source […]

Building ISC DHCP 4.X on Solaris hosts

I attempted to upgrade my ISC DHCP installation to dhcp-4.1.1b1 this past weekend, and ran into the following configure error: $ ./configure –prefix=/bits/software/dhcp-4.1.1b1 checking for a BSD-compatible install… /bin/ginstall -c checking whether build environment is sane… yes checking for gawk… gawk checking whether make sets $(MAKE)… no checking for gcc… gcc checking for C compiler […]

A completely (local) diskless datacenter with iSCSI

Being able to boot a machine from SAN isn’t exactly a new concept.  Instead of having local hard drives in thousands of machines, each machine logs into the fabric and boots the O/S from a LUN exported via fiber on the SAN.  This requires a little bit of configuration on the Fiber HBA, but it […]