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Sun Cluster 3.0 Series: Guide to Installation—Part 1

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Part one of a two-part series, this article guides the reader through preparation and setup, prior to deployment of a Sun Cluster system. Sun's preferred methodology for installing Sun Cluster software, Sun's Enterprise Install Services (EIS) processes, are presented.
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The purpose of this module is to guide you through the tasks you must perform before you install the Sun™ Cluster (SC) 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 best practices, and performing design verifications, as well as administering a two-node cluster.

For information about managing a cluster, refer to the documents listed in the References section, 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," which you should perform only if you have local (physical) access to the SunPlex™ platform. An example is, resetting the terminal concentrator (TC) in order to activate specific settings.


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 hardware and cabling.

  • Configuring the Solaris™ Operating Environment (Solaris OE) and installing patches on each cluster node. This task is site specific.

  • Verifying the management server setup on the administrative workstation.

  • Verifying the terminal concentrator configuration.

  • Installing and configuring the Cluster Console utility.

  • Post-Installation and preparation for Sun Cluster software installation.

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, placing 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 manual steps are included as documentation of the procedures required to complete the configuration of each cluster component as referenced in Figure 1. Additionally, it is assumed that it is not necessary to provide the detailed procedures for installing the Solaris OE and Solaris OE patches on each SunPlex node. Instead, we define the parameters required for installation.


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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