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Others will hopefully be able to add more, but at least a few comments...
The 3/98 Release of Solaris 2.6 was required to have compatibility with the PCI bus architecture that appeared in the later designs of UltraSPARC-II series of desktops and small servers. ( Same as the requirement that if the OS of choice was 2.5.1, it had to be the November 1997 Release. )
I "think" that your 105181-03 patch level is too early to be the 3/98 release.
It may be necessary for you to haunt Ebay for some new installation media.
It is just possible to use pre-3/98 media to boot the Ultra 10, but you'd have to:
- Use the media to create a network install server
- Patch the install server with the PCI support patches
- Install Solaris on the Ultra 10 from netboot server
- Manually patch the server after installation and before the first reboot
Unfortunately, I don't recall off the top of my head which patches are necessary. When the Ultra 10 shipped, it came with a CD that had the patches necessary to do this. You probably can't shotgun it either. I had back luck trying to apply all the 2.6 patches to the netboot image and have it work.
On the whole, getting a later set of media is going to be easier, but it is somewhat possible even if you don't.
I "think" that your 105181-03 patch level is too early to be the 3/98 release.This is Solaris 2.6 HW 3/98 without any kernel patch applied and indeed lacks the support for the Ultra 10. The installation procedure is to boot from the "Operating Environment Installation CD February 2000 (704-7076-10)", this loads a Solaris 7 kernel and then requests the original Solaris 2.6 HW 3/98 installation media to continue the installation.
Regarding the plan to use the installation of the SS2 with an U10: Yesterday I tried to re-use a Solaris 10 installation (36GB disk) from a F280R on a V480 and failed badly. Even after cloning the device-tree from the CD boot to the disk, it didn't work properly. This was a test system and the time spent didn't matter.
I would suggest to install a later release and just restore the data/applications.
The procedure is only required for processor speeds of 419 MHz or faster. Solaris 2.6 HW 3/98 supports the Ultra 10 with upto 400 MHz CPU modules.
I once compiled a spreadsheet with the intial kernel patch levels of various Solaris releases. The information was obtained from the berkely site, InfoDoc 46808, a list someone compiled on a german website and by booting the install media. I lost interest in compiling this sheet. Last release added was Solaris 10 11/06.
Edited by: MAAL on 12.01.2010 07:41
Edited by: MAAL on 12.01.2010 08:10
Thanks to Michael, Darren and Rukbat for their answers.
Gave up on restoring from tape, in the face of zillions of block errors.
Part of the application-bits simply refused to install on 5.8. If the installer had been a script, we could have monkeyed around, but it was binary. :-(
One of us found a 5.6 CD in the shed at home, and we installed that okay onto an E250.
Then the only hard bit was reading the app install instructions, which were in some 15-year-old non-ascii, non-ebcdic proprietary 'text' format. Gave up and went cap in hand to the vendors.
Moral of the story? Print everything, keep everything. There is wisdom in clutter.