dms(8) System Manager's Manual dms(8)
dms - diskless management services utility
The utility performs diskless management services. You can use to install products into diskless management services areas on a server
machine and register diskless clients so that they can access those products on the server machine, rather than having each client install
the products to a disk on its local machine. The server machine can be either a VAX or a RISC machine and it can serve both VAX and RISC
Before you set up a diskless management services area on a server, the following software should be installed: Local Area Network (LAN);
Network File System (NFS); and Maintenance Operations Protocol (MOP).
The utility performs the following functions:
a - Add Client Processor
m - Modify Client Parameters
r - Remove Client Processor
l - List Registered Clients
s - Show Products in Diskless Environments
i - Install Software
c - Create Diskless Area on Disk
k - Kernel Rebuild or Copy
To set up a diskless management services area on a server, select functions in the following order:
1. Create Diskless Area on Disk (c)
This sets up the disk partitions needed for the two diskless management services file systems, and (The question mark (?) represents
a unique number assigned by The file system contains a common root area that is copied to each client when it is registered, and a
area that is shared by all the clients. The file system contains a copy of the common root area for each registered diskless
2. Install Software (i)
This installs the products from the distribution media to the file system. If the product will be accessed by VAX clients, the
images from the media are put under a directory under the file system. If the product will be accessed by RISC clients, the images
from the media will be put under a directory under the file system. The question mark (?) represents a unique number assigned by
To register a diskless client, select the Add Client Processor option (a). This copies the common root area in the file system, for exam-
ple, to the diskless client's directory in the file system, for example, The server's file is updated to allow the client to access its
individual root and the shared area.
Each diskless client's area also contains a client parameter file,
You must use interactively to set up a diskless environment or to modify client parameters.
There are several functions you can use either interactively or from the command line:
- Add Client Processor
- Show Products in Diskless Environments
- Remove Client Processor
- Kernel Rebuild
When the first diskless client is registered for a diskless management services area, a database file, is created on the server machine.
You can use this file and the command line to manage groups of diskless clients.
exports(5nfs), addnode(8), setld(8)
Guide to Diskless Management Services
Guide to Server Setup