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I don't remember that much Solaris 9 specifics these days, but perhaps you have to create an initial boot environment in Solaris 9..
Does the phase two in this document help?
1 February 2012
Dear Mr. Magnus,
Thank you for your response to my new query on this matter. Mr. Ellison's instructions are clear, and virtually identical to those in an Oracle White Paper, ``How to Upgrade and Patch with Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade,'' dated May 2010. Unfortunately, both documents assume the live upgrade commands are working; in this case they are not. All the literature indicates that the Live Upgrade software requires patches described in InfoDoc 206844, both document and patches formerly available from the SunSolve website. Now both are apparently concealed behind the My Oracle Support page, inaccessible to me. Is there any way to get access to the InfoDoc and the patches? Or is there another way to get the Live Update commands to run?
Many thanks again for your assistance.
Ian H. Redmount
I am a happy owner of the old decent Ultra 10, the junior sibling of your Ultra 60. I faced the same problem with Solaris 11 11/11
And I have a couple of solutions for you.
Error: 'SUNW, UltraSPARC-IIi' is not supported by this release of Solaris.
1. Buy a DVD drive :). I confirm that at least Solaris 10 update 7 installs from DVD and then runs on Ultra 10 flawlessly (I didnt' try current update 10). The only trick is: discard regular Ultra's 40-wire IDE cable, replace it with modern 80-wire one.
2. Download Solaris 11 Express (2010/11). I confirm it installs and runs on Ultra 10 flawlessly. Yes, it is n/a on the Oracle web site, but still easily available in torrent networks. Search for "Solaris 11 Express 2010.11", and you will find many torrents. You need "sol-11-exp-201011-text-sparc.iso" (452M) CD image. I believe that downloading Solaris 11 Express is legal.
One more thing - sometimes installer forgets to write a boot block on boot disk, and you may need to run installboot manually after installation.