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Cloning a solaris system

I have several Solaris 8,9 and 10 servers.
I need to refresh them and avoid doing any OS upgrades. I may have to apply patches when I am done due to the new hardware.

My current servers have internal disk and my new target servers (same processor types) will have only SAN storage. Once the migration is done I will be booting from SAN.

With AIX and HPUX they have utilities that allow me to create backup copies of the server as an installable image. I don't have a jumpstart server available.

I was told I could create a jumpstart CD for every server but I don't have RW CD on each source server.

Any suggestions on how I can create a cloan and transform from boot from internal to boot from SAN?

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I was thinking of doing a flash installation, but I don't know if I can change from DAS to SAN for boot

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install-solaris - install the Solaris operating system SYNOPSIS
install-solaris install-solaris invokes the Solaris Install program. Depending on graphical capability and available memory at the time of invocation, install-solaris invokes either a text-based installer or a graphical installer. The following minimum requirements for physical memory dictate which features are available during installation: For SPARC machines: 128 MB Minimum physical memory for all installation types 128 MB Minimum physical memory required for windowing system 384 MB Minimum physical memory required for graphical-based installation For x86 machines: 256 MB Minimum physical memory for all installation types 256 MB Minimum physical memory required for windowing system 512 MB Minimum physical memory required for graphical-based installation In some cases, even if the minimum physical memory is present, available virtual memory after system startup can limit the number of fea- tures available. install-solaris exists only on the Solaris installation media (CD or DVD) and should be invoked only from there. Refer to the for more details. install-solaris allows installation of the operating system onto any standalone system. install-solaris loads the software available on the installation media. Refer to the for disk space requirements. Refer to the for more information on the various menus and selections. See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWcdrom (Solaris instal- | | |lation media) | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Interface Stability |Evolving | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ pkginfo(1), install(1M), pkgadd(1M), attributes(5) It is advisable to exit install-solaris by means of the exit options in the install-solaris menus. 23 Sep 2005 install-solaris(1M)

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