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Guide to Installation-Part II: Sun Cluster 3.0 Software Management Services

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The second in a two-part series, this module details the tasks that must be performed to install the Solaris Operating Environment on each cluster node during a Sun Cluster 3.0 software installation.
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Module Introduction

The purpose of this module is to guide you through the tasks you must perform before you install the Sun™ Cluster 3.0 software. These tasks include setting up the administrative workstation and configuring the Sun Cluster 3.0 hardware components.

The exercises in this module explain how to install and configure a workstation to perform Sun Cluster 3.0 software administrative functions in a cluster environment. Additionally, we provide instructions for configuring the cluster, implementing key practices, and performing design verifications, as well as administering a two-node Sun Cluster 3.0 hardware cluster.

For information about managing a cluster, refer to the documents referenced in Appendix B, specifically:

  • System Administration Guide ("Preparing to Administer the Cluster," "Beginning to Administer the Cluster," "Administering the Cluster," and "Administering Sun Cluster With the Graphical User Interface")

  • SC3.0 U1 Cluster Concepts ("Cluster Administration and Application Development")

Many of the steps in this guide refer to "manual (local) procedures" that you should perform only if you have local (physical) access to the SunPlex™ platform. For example, resetting the terminal concentrator in order to activate specific settings.

Objectives

After completing this module, you will have successfully verified the installation and software configuration for each cluster component. These tasks must be performed before you can install the Sun Cluster 3.0 software on each cluster node. Additionally, you will have implemented the associated key practices during each task, including:

  • Configuring the Solaris™ Operating Environment (Solaris OE). This task is site-specific.

  • Verifying that the administrative workstation setup on the management server.

  • Verifying the terminal concentrator (TC) configuration.

  • Installing and configuring the Cluster Console utility in the management server environment.

  • Verifying each cluster node installs with the Solaris OE and patches.

  • Configuring additional cluster management services, such as JumpStart™ software for each cluster node, plus additional platform management services. This task is performed only during manual installations.

Many of the steps for configuring the cluster require you to have physical access to the equipment. We have made special note of specific configuration procedures that require local (physical) access to the SunPlex platform. For example, forcing the TC into Monitor mode requires local, manual procedures. For this reason, these hands-on exercises specify steps that are only performed as part of local (or manual) installation procedures. These manual steps are not performed if you are accessing the Sun Cluster 3.0 hardware (SunPlex platform) remotely. Instead, these steps are included as documentation of the procedures required to complete the configuration of each cluster component (as referenced in Figure 1-1 of "Guide to Installation—Hardware Setup"). Additionally, it is assumed that it is not necessary to provide the detailed procedures for installing the Solaris OE (plus Solaris OE patches) on each SunPlex node. Instead, we define the parameters required for installation.

NOTE

In this module, you must perform all of the associated instructions to verify that the correct configuration has been achieved as specified. It is very important that you do this prior to configuring the additional cluster components to ensure consistent, reliable cluster services and SunPlex platform operations.

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