Friday, March 09, 2012

Combine Solaris Automated Install and Repository on one image. Success

Following on my last entry about Solaris 11 Automated Install with no network (Standalone) I thought I would post this update saying that I have managed to get it working, well I have managed to create a new 6.7GB ISO which can boot a VirtualBox client and installs Solaris 11 with NO network I am not sure why it was failing last time, but since then I have reinstalled Solaris 11 and added another disk to my desktop.

Copy Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Automated Installer from ISO to disk:
# mount -F hsfs sol-11-1111-ai-x86.iso /mnt
# cd /mnt
# mkdir /var/tmp/AIboot
# find . -depth -print | cpio -pdm /var/tmp/AIboot
# cd /
# umount /mnt

Copy Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Repository Image from ISO to disk:
# mount -F hsfs sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso /mnt
# cd /mnt
# rsync -aP /mnt/repo/ /var/tmp/AIboot/repoSolaris11
# cd /
# umount /mnt

Check it and edit default manifest so that is uses local repository:
# du -hs /var/tmp/AIboot
7.0G /var/tmp/AIboot

# ls /var/tmp/AIboot
auto_install      devices           mnt               repoSolaris11     solaris.zlib
bin               export            platform          root              solarismisc.zlib
boot              home              proc              save              system
dev               jack              reconfigure       sbin              tmp

Edit /var/tmp/AIboot/auto_install/default.xml

             <publisher name="solaris">
                     <origin name=""/>

Change to:

             <publisher name="solaris">
                     <origin name="file:///.cdrom/repoSolaris11"/>

Create a new ISO:
# mkisofs -o /var/tmp/output.iso -b boot/grub/stage2_eltorito \
-c .catalog -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 \
-boot-info-table -N -R -U -allow-multidot -no-iso-translate \
-cache-inodes -iso-level 4 -d -D -V Solaris11 /var/tmp/AIboot

Warning: Creating ISO-9660:1999 (version 2) filesystem.
Warning: ISO-9660 filenames longer than 31 may cause buffer overflows in the OS.
Size of boot image is 4 sectors -> No emulation
Size of boot image is 4 sectors -> No emulation
0.99% done, estimate finish Fri Mar 9 13:23:05 2012
1.13% done, estimate finish Fri Mar 9 13:22:53 2012
99.83% done, estimate finish Fri Mar 9 13:37:07 2012
99.97% done, estimate finish Fri Mar 9 13:37:06 2012
Total translation table size: 2048
Total rockridge attributes bytes: 36023282
Total directory bytes: 68673536
Path table size(bytes): 136082
Max brk space used 10144000
3530910 extents written (6896 MB)

The above iso then was used to install Solaris 11 on VirtaulBox.


Andrew Watkins said...

Still can not get it onto a 8GB USB stick, so that will be the next step.

Joe Fu said...

Is usb bootable working now?

Andrew Watkins said...

Still can't get USB to work. I got a 16GB USB stick and ISO to USB fails and direct copy still fails.Sorry

Anonymous said...

Great post, thanks Andrew. I am trying now with USB, let's see how it goes :)