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Special Forums Cybersecurity Sun SS10 networking Post 21077 by bionicfysh on Friday 10th of May 2002 05:25:38 AM
Old 05-10-2002
Data Sun SS10 networking

Hi Guys !

I am very new to this forum, but I have, for the past year been reading the coms inside. It looks very helpful for peeps like me who like to try many things, don't mind the hard work, but just don't know where to start.

I will start with an easy one (I think)
I am trying to set up an intra-net of 10 machines
2- SGI
2- SUN
2- Winx boxes (windows)

1- Linx box (linux)
1- BSD box

I know, it sounds weird, but I am learning to be a system/ network architect from my home, and that's the only way that I found.

anyways, this was the background info.

I am new to Sun boxes, and I now own one SparcClassic (diskless), and one SparcStation 10.
The probs, is that I want to set up the diskless one as ... (guess) a diskless client, and the SS10, as it's server.
But I don't know the first thing about Suns.
in the SS10, I have an external CDROM drive with solaris 8 CDs, but when I type [boot cdrom] it seems to reboot, and tell me that there is a media error.

I know that the drive is find, cuz it is an SGI one, and works fine. BTW it is detected when I do [probe scsi], in the SS10 PROM.

My questions:

1- where do I get info on SS10 hardware
2- SunOs/solaris install + admin for SS10
3- how do I enable the NIC
on this last one, I note that ONLY when I do [Ctrl+A], then [probe net] or [boot net] does the LED on my hub indicate that the NIC is alive.
then I type [go] to drop into the currently installed OS (N.B the two boxes are bootledged, since I bought them in a computer fair)
the NIC LED is still on, but when I try:

[ifconfig eth0, ec0, qe0, we0 .... + IPAddr] it returns "invalid interface, or interface not found..."

Sorry for the long message, but I thought that by explaining the environment, I would help you peeps out there (who have enough time to read this) to reproduce the scene, and hopefully give me guidelines.

N.B I have looked all over google for SS10 doc: found nothing relavant.

Hence, any help in this direction would be much appreciated.

regards from da Bionic one Smilie
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MKLNIM(1)						      General Commands Manual							 MKLNIM(1)

mklnim - make Linux Netinstall Image SYNOPSIS
mklnim outputfile [path-to-cdrom] DESCRIPTION
mklnim is a shell script that takes a SuSE, TurboLinux or a RedHat CDROM, or equivalent disk directory, and creates a network bootable image (NBI) that can be used with Etherboot ( or Netboot ( This NBI, when booted via the network, will make the target computer behave just as if a CDROM boot (TurboLinux), or a floppy boot (RedHat and SuSE) had been selected. A conventional install can be done from this point onwards. There are several occasions when this technique is useful: 1. It can be used to quickly boot a target computer when the floppy loading is very slow. 2. In the case of TurboLinux, it loads the CDROM initial ramdisk which does not require any further floppy loading. In the case of RedHat, it only loads the floppy initial ramdisk which does not contain the material in the supplementary floppy, and may require more floppy insertion. 3. It can start the install from a floppy of any size, not just 1.4 MB, or even from a floppyless machine, if one has a boot ROM (providing no further floppy access is required). 4. It could be used as part of an automatic installation process. Naturally, all this assumes that the infrastructure for diskless booting (bootp and tftp servers) has been set up. BUGS
If supplementary floppies are required, this script doesn't include that material in the network boot image. Please feel welcome to fix this problem. SEE ALSO
Etherboot tutorial at COPYRIGHT
mklnim is under the GNU Public License AUTHOR
Ken Yap ( DATE
Version 0.4 April 2000 25 April 2000 MKLNIM(1)

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