There are a couple of possibilities here. First, newer Netra X1's do have a
CD-ROM whereas old ones do not. Personally, I prefer they don't but t'is
the way it is.
I have tried, and it worked to take a garden variety IDE CD-ROM and plug it
in to the alternate IDE. Set the jumpers to be a master. It worked as we
were able to install Solaris 8 with it.
Another alternative is to setup a boot/install server. I have used
Solaris/Intel to install a Solaris/Sparc and visa-versa. This has the
advantages of speed and scalability. If for example you want to install a
new system with customized images it could be done in under 20 minutes per
node with flash images. HD over 100BT is much faster than CD_ROMs plus you
don't have to worry about being prompted for CD changes. Under explored
nice touch in many environments. Read the man pages or the answerbook 2 on
"setup_install_server" and "add_install_client".
If using Solaris 8, be sure to add the Netra drivers to the install tree to
support the dmfe ethernet as I don't believe this ethernet chipset is in the
default install tree for Solaris 8. If you install with stock Solaris 8
CD-ROMs you will need to add the drivers after install for LOM and the dmfe
drivers. On newer CD sets this is on the extra driver CD.
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