Archive:Netbooting Sun Fire 280R

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This page contains a few links that were helpful when trying to boot Mantis Broken.

Particularly helpful: [1]

Squeeze kept hanging when booting, but managed to boot successfully using the wheezy netboot image.

Outline notes:

  • Need TFTP and RARP server to boot from.
  • Map the sunfire box's MAC address to an IP using /etc/ethers
  • The sunfire box will look for a file with it's IP as a hex value in TFTP root, so symlink it to a boot image.
  • Start up the sunfire box, and wait for ok: prompt. Type halt before disk boot begins.
  • Type boot net. The box will reset then attempt to contact the boot server. If all is fine, a bunch of hex will appear in the console, and update as it receives the image.