Less Known Solaris features: Jumpstart Enterprise Toolkit - Part 7: Installing the JET Server
After gathering all parts for the installation, we can install the first part of our new JET server.
Preparation of the system
A jumpstart server doesn´t have to be a big server. But it´s good practice to take the following into consideration:
- You have to copy your installation media onto the server. A Solaris version needs up to 4 Gigabyte on disk. Additionally you need space for further products (like other appliactions) and patches. The actual recommended patch cluster for Solaris 10 x86 is over 300 MB large for example .Depending on the amount of Solaris versions you want to provide, it´s a good idea not to spend the rest of an existing partition to your Jumpstart server.
- It´s a wise choice to have a fast network. As the system isn´t harded and unconfigured at the first install, the paranoid prefer to use a free Gigabit-Ethernet port at my jumpstart server and use a seperated VLAN for initial configuration. Or you use your admin LAN for this purpose. Either ways, for an fast installation gigabit ethernet is nice
When you have found a good place for your JET server, we can start with the installation.
After copying the JET package somehere on our new Jumpstart server, we have to install the package:
All this modules implements in the JET framework:
- JetEXPLO: Installs and configures the Sun Explorer
- JetFLASH: Module to control Jumpstart Flash installes
- JetJASS: executes the Solaris Security Toolkit on the new host
- JetRBAC: configures the Role Based Access Control on the JET server to enable a role for all users allowed to trigger a Jumpstart Installation
- JetSAN: configures the SAN framework of Solaris
- JetSBD: configures the Secure-by-default setting
- JetSDS: configures the Solaris Volume Management
- etVTS: installs the Sun Validation Test Suite. It tests and validates Sun hardware by verifying the connectivity and functionality of hardware devices, controllers and peripherals.
- JetWANboot: configures the Jumpstart facilities for installation over the WAN
- JetZONES: configures Solaris Zones on the newly installed zones.
As the package is quite small with half a megabyte, i always install all packages on a jumpstartserver.
This is all we have to do for the installation. Easy, isn´t it ?