Dec 20, 2012

Automated Installation Server (AIServer) for Solaris 11

http://techsupportpk.blogspot.com/2012/12/automated-installation-server-for.html


Pre-requisites:

Download Solaris 11 Text Base Installation Image for x86 or SPARC, whatever platform you prefer.


Download Solaris repository image

The repository image is provided in two parts that must be concatenated together.

Concatenate files in Windows
copy /b sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso-a+sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso-b sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso

Concatenate files in Unix/Linux/Mac OS X
cat sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso-a sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso-b > sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso

I assume that you have completed pre-requisites section. I am not including download or operating system installation procedure here. In our lab environment I will use VMware virtual machine for AI Server.

AI Server Info:

Hostname:        aiserver
IP Address:      172.22.16.1
Netmask:          255.255.255.0
Gateway:          none: (define if you have)


AI Server Configuration Steps:

1.       Create Solaris repository

root@aiserver:~#  lofiadm -a /download/sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso /dev/lofi/1
root@aiserver:~#  mount -F hsfs -o ro /dev/lofi/1 /media

root@aiserver:~# zfs create rpool/export/s11repo
root@aiserver:~# scp -r /media/SOL11REPO_FULL/* /export/s11repo

root@aiserver:~# pkg unset-publisher solaris
root@aiserver:~# pkg set-publisher -g file:///export/s11repo solaris

root@aiserver:~# svccfg -s application/pkg/server setprop pkg/inst_root=/export/s11repo/repo
root@aiserver:~# svccfg -s application/pkg/server setprop pkg/readonly=true

root@aiserver:~# svcadm refresh application/pkg/server
root@aiserver:~# svcadm enable application/pkg/server
root@aiserver:~# pkg set-publisher -O http://172.22.16.1 solaris

2.       Create Service for Solaris 11 x86 and Solaris 11 SPARC

root@aiserver:~# installadm create-service -n s11x86 -i 172.22.16.10 -c 100

Warning: Service svc:/network/dns/multicast:default is not online.
   Installation services will not be advertised via multicast DNS.

Creating service from: pkg:/install-image/solaris-auto-install
OK to use default image path: /export/auto_install/s11x86? [y/N]: y

Download: install-image/solaris-auto-install ...  Done
Install Phase ...  Done
Package State Update Phase ...  Done
Image State Update Phase ...  Done
Reading Existing Index ...  Done
Indexing Packages ...  Done

Creating service: s11x86

Image path: /export/auto_install/s11x86


Starting DHCP server...

Unable to determine DNS domain for DHCP configuration.
Unable to determine DNS servers for DHCP configuration.

Name services are not configured for local DHCP server. Manual
configuration will be required, please see dhcpd(8) for further
information.

Adding IP range to local DHCP configuration


Unable to determine a route for network 172.22.16.0. Setting the route
temporarily to 0.0.0.0; this should be changed to an appropriate value
in the DHCP configuration file. Please see dhcpd(8) for further
information.

Refreshing install services
Warning: mDNS registry of service s11x86 could not be verified.

Creating default-i386 alias.

Setting the default PXE bootfile in the local DHCP configuration to
'default-i386/boot/grub/pxegrub'

Refreshing install services
Warning: mDNS registry of service default-i386 could not be verified.

root@aiserver:~# installadm create-service -a sparc -n s11sparc

Warning: Service svc:/network/dns/multicast:default is not online.
   Installation services will not be advertised via multicast DNS.

Creating service from: pkg:/install-image/solaris-auto-install
OK to use default image path: /export/auto_install/s11sparc? [y/N]: y
Download: install-image/solaris-auto-install ...  Done
Install Phase ...  Done
Package State Update Phase ...  Done
Image State Update Phase ...  Done
Reading Existing Index ...  Done
Indexing Packages ...  Done

Creating service: s11sparc

Image path: /export/auto_install/s11sparc

Service discovery fallback mechanism set up
Creating SPARC configuration file
Refreshing install services
Warning: mDNS registry of service s11sparc could not be verified.

Creating default-sparc alias.

Setting the default SPARC bootfile in the local DHCP configuration to
'http://172.22.16.1:5555/cgi-bin/wanboot-cgi'

Service discovery fallback mechanism set up
Creating SPARC configuration file
Refreshing install services
Warning: mDNS registry of service default-sparc could not be verified.

 3.       Verify service and manifest

root@aiserver:~# installadm list

Service Name Alias Of Status  Arch   Image Path
------------ -------- ------  ----   ----------
default-i386 s11x86   on      x86    /export/auto_install/s11x86
s11x86       -        on      x86    /export/auto_install/s11x86

root@aiserver:~# installadm list -m

Service Name  Manifest      Status
------------  --------      ------
default-i386  orig_default  Default
s11x86        orig_default  Default

4.       Create manifest directory and files

root@aiserver:~# zfs create rpool/export/config
root@aiserver:~# installadm export -n s11x86 -m orig_default > /export/config/orig_default.xml
root@aiserver:~# vi /export/config/orig_default.xml

find <origin name="http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release"/> and replace <origin_name="http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release"/> to <origin_name="http://172.22.16.1/solaris"/>

root@aiserver:~# installadm update-manifest -n default-i386 -m orig_default -f /export/config/orig_default.xml

root@aiserver:~# installadm export -n s11sparc -m orig_default > /export/config/orig_defaultsparc.xml
root@aiserver:~# vi /export/config/orig_defaultsparc.xml
root@aiserver:~# installadm update-manifest -n default-sparc -m orig_default -f /export/config/orig_defaultsparc.xml

find <origin name="http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release"/> and replace <origin_name="http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release"/> to <origin_name="http://172.22.16.1/solaris"/>


 5.       Create client profile

root@aiserver:~# sysconfig create-profile -o /export/config/profile.xml

root@aiserver:~# installadm validate -n default-i386 -P /export/config/profile.xml
Validating static profile profile.xml...
 Passed

root@aiserver:~# installadm create-profile -n default-i386 -f /export/config/profile.xml -p default-profile
Profile default-profile added to database.

root@aiserver:~# installadm create-profile -n default-sparc -f /export/config/profile.xml -p default-profile
Profile default-profile added to database.


That’s it.

Now boot your client machine from network (PXE) to install through AI Server
 
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