contrib/solaris/ - use within JumpStart as well?

Kenneth Lareau elessar at
Fri Nov 29 11:34:59 EST 2002

Actually, my JumpStart configuration already handles web flash
images, but given the work environment at my job (software com-
pany), they need a lot of flexibility to try different config-
urations, and having a flash image for every possible one would
simply be too much... the point of my whole setup is to allow a
developer at my site to interact with a basic script (soon to
be a web-based interface), select what they want, then go to
the console on the machine they're jumping, type 'boot net -
install', and walk away for a few hours... then to come back
a fully built system, ready for immediate use.  The time it
takes isn't really as important, and for the times it is, there
will be flash images available; however, I need to cover all
bases. :)

Thank you for the suggestion, however.

Ken Lareau
elessar at

On 27 Nov 2002 21:29:17 -0600 Scott Burch <scott.burch at> wrote:

> Kenneth,
> You might also consider using Jumpstart with Webstart Flash, in that
> case you will already have your package installed. Flashing new server
> installations is much faster than the traditional Jumpstart and
> sometimes you just don't have time to build unattended installations for
> complex packages when you have to deploy large amounts of machines
> quickly. Where I work I create a base image that contains Veritas
> Foundation Suite, DiskSuite, Openssh, and anything else that we need on
> most servers. Patches, any non-standard packages and package removals
> can be handled with finish (aka driver scripts). A Flash archive is
> basically a cpio archive and it can be used on any machine of the same
> architecture. All of our servers are ultra class machines; so if I
> create an image on an ultra10 it is usable on a 4810, E4500, 280R, etc.
> The difference in installation time is hours! A machine can be flashed
> easily in 30 minutes with the base image; if I did a standard Jump it
> would take several hours (assuming you install everything + OEM).
> -Scott
> On Wed, 2002-11-27 at 18:37, Kenneth Lareau wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I don't know how off the wall this question will be, but first let me
> > say that I've found your script very useful in creating
> > an OpenSSH package for use on my Solaris systems.  Currently I'm trying
> > to set up a fully automated JumpStart system at my workplace, and I'm
> > realizing that the 'postinstall' script (and possibly some of the other
> > install scripts) won't work cleanly from within a JumpStart install.
> > Do you know if anyone, perhaps yourself, have tried to make this work?
> > I've given it a few tries myself, but with not much success.
> > 
> > I'll be fully understanding if the response is, "I have no ****ing clue
> > how to do what you ask", but I thought I should at least try. :)  Thank
> > you in advance for any help you can give.s 
> > 
> > 
> > Kenneth Lareau
> > elessar at
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> >
> > 

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