Solaris 10 10/08 On the Sun Sparc Enterprise 3000

I’ve got a thing for sun gear in particular SPARC. Its just so well made and when i say well made I mean you could drop my E3000 off a cliff and it would still work. It would Most likely break what ever it hit at the bottom.

When Sun first made Solaris 10 Open Source they where giving away free Media kits for quite some time. I managed to get one “Solaris 11/06” Way back before ZFS was even in the Solaris install :)

This article is a primer to the next one hence the reason for a re-install on the E3000. I’ve just finished the download of Solaris 10 10/08  this now includes ZFS  boot support.

For thous not familiar with the E3000 :-
E3000 System Handbook
I’ve got mime populated with the following :-
1x —  501-4883 I/O board with SOC, I’ve also got an HVD SCSI and a FACL card on board all SBUS
3x — 501-4882 CPU/Memory boards each with 2x 336mhz Ultra Sparc2 64bit and 2Gb of ram ( 6 total CPU 6gb Total ram)
1x — Pioneer DVD-ROM drive
1x — Archive Python DDS2 drive.
5x — 18gb U2 10k SCSI disks , local

Not the fastest machine by todays standards but it goes very well for its age, I’ve also got a FACL disk array with it, more on that later..

Solaris 10 Is pretty easy to install. I am doing my install via serial console. Theres not much you can really do during the install. I’ve picked my ZFS pool and included two local 18gb disks, set up net work and its off installing. I’ve opted for the full install + OEM support.

One thing to keep in mind the E3000 will not boot 64bit Solaris 10 without a PROM update!

In order to do this I was required to install Solaris 9 first, update the PROM then install solaris 10.This was because my prom version was far to old to even boot Soalris 10..  lucky me having Solaris media all the way back to Solaris 2.6 :)

Patch ID 103346-30 will get you 64bit Solaris 10. Make sure you copy the new prom version to each CPU board!

Lets log in and check on zfs!

# zpool status
pool: boot_vol
state: ONLINE
scrub: none requested
config:

NAME          STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
boot_vol      ONLINE       0     0     0
mirror      ONLINE       0     0     0
c0t0d0s0  ONLINE       0     0     0
c0t3d0s0  ONLINE       0     0     0

errors: No known data errors

Nice Mirrored Root disks now.

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