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Using Live Upgrade 2.0 With JumpStart Technology and Web Start Flash

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  1. Using Live Upgrade 2.0 With JumpStart_ Technology and Web Start Flash
  2. Live Upgrade and Web Start Flash
  3. Begin and Finish Scripts
  4. Summary
  5. Acknowledgements
In this final installment of his three-part series on Solaris Live Upgrade 2.0 technology, John S. Howard provides recommendations and techniques for integrating LU with the JumpStart software framework and the Solaris Web Start Flash software.
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Using Live Upgrade 2.0 With JumpStart_ Technology and Web Start Flash

This article is the third of a three-part series; this installment explains methods for using Live Upgrade (LU) 2.0 software with JumpStart_ technology and Web Start Flash. Please see the first article in this series "Managing Solaris_ Opertaing Environment Upgrades With Live Upgrade 2.0" for an introduction to the concepts and recommendations for using LU 2.0.

This article details the following:

  • Using LU with JumpStart technology

  • Using LU with Web Start Flash

This article assumes that you have a basic understanding of the JumpStart technology framework and the services it provides. It is also assumed that you have read the first article of this LU 2.0 series or are familiar with the LU 2.0 framework and its various uses.

Live Upgrade and JumpStart Technology

Live Upgrade (LU) 2.0 software provides the ability to upgrade systems using the configuration and installation profiles used when you install the Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) with JumpStart technology. Additionally, LU 2.0 software enables you to install an LU alternate boot environment (ABE) from a Web Start Flash archive. This combination provides you with the advantages of using the JumpStart technology, such as helping ensure consistent Solaris OE installations, while getting the change-control and fall-back mechanism that LU provides.

Upgrading With LU 2.0 and JumpStart Technology

The following tasks outline the process you should follow when upgrading a system using LU with a JumpStart server.

  1. Create and populate a new boot environment (BE) by cloning the current OE.

  2. Use a JumpStart server to upgrade the new BE to the Solaris 8 OE 10/01.

  3. Activate the new BE.

In this example, the Solaris 2.6 OE boot disk is c8t1d0; c0t0d0 will be used as the boot device for the Solaris 8 OE 10/01 ABE. The c0t0d0 disk was partitioned prior to executing the following LU commands. However, if changes to the partitioning are needed, you can implement them using the format or fmthard commands, or through the Slice submenu in the lucreate command character-based user interface (CUI) when lucreate is executed without -m options.

In this example, rhone is upgraded using a Solaris 8 OE 10/01 media directory, mounted via NFS, from the JumpStart server travigne.

Step 1: Creating and Populating a New Boot Environment

The lucreate command is used to name the existing Solaris 2.6 OE, and is also used to clone the existing BE. The -c option of lucreate names the current BE and is only required when you create the first ABE.

rhone# lucreate -c "Solaris2.6" -m /:/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0:ufs \
> -m -:/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s1:swap \
> -n "Solaris8_10-2001"
Please wait while your system configuration is determined.
Determining what file systems should be in the new BE.

Searching /dev for possible BE filesystem devices
Please wait while the configuration files are updated.
Please wait. Configuration validation in progress...

Beginning process of creating Boot Environment <Solaris8_10-2001>.
No more user interaction is required until this process is complete.

Setting BE <Solaris8_10-2001> state to Not Complete.
Creating file systems on BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Creating <ufs> file system on </dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0>.
/dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s0:   12584484 sectors in 4356 cylinders of 27 
tracks, 107 sectors
    6144.8MB in 137 cyl groups (32 c/g, 45.14MB/g, 5632 i/g)
super-block backups (for fsck -F ufs -o b=#) at:
 32, 92592, 185152, 277712, 370272, 462832, 555392, 647952, 740512,
( newfs/mkfs output deleted for brevity )
10448560, 10541120, 10633680, 10726240, 10818800, 10911360, 
Mounting file systems for BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Calculating required sizes of file systems for BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Populating file systems on BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Copying file system contents to BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
INFORMATION: Setting asynchronous flag on ABE <Solaris8_10-2001> 
mount point </.alt.3275/> file system type <ufs>.
Copying of file system / directory </> is in progress...
 Copying of file system / directory </> completed successfully.
Creating compare database for file system </>.
Updating compare database on other BEs.
Updating compare database on BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Compare databases updated on all BEs.
Making Boot Environment <Solaris8_10-2001> bootable.
Making the ABE bootable.
Updating ABE's /etc/vfstab file.
The update of the vfstab file on the ABE succeeded.
Updating ABE's /etc/mnttab file.
The update of the mnttab file on the ABE succeeded.
Updating ABE's /etc/dumpadm.conf file.
The update of the dumpadm.conf file on the ABE succeeded.
Updating partition ID tag on boot environment <Solaris8_10-2001> 
device </dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s2> to be root slice.
Updating boot loader for <SUNW,Ultra-60> on boot environment 
<Solaris8_10-2001> device </dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0> to match OS release.
Making the ABE <Solaris8_10-2001> bootable succeeded.
Setting BE <Solaris8_10-2001> state to Complete.
Creation of Boot Environment <Solaris8_10-2001> successful.
Creation of Boot Environment <Solaris8_10-2001> successful.

The -m options of the lucreate command are used to specify the location of the / file system and swap partition to be used by the new Solaris8_10-2001 ABE. Since the /export partition was not specified, the same /export file system (and underlying disk partition) used for the Solaris2.6 BE are used with the Solaris8_10-2001 ABE.

Step 2: Upgrading the Alternate Boot Environment

After creating and populating the ABE by cloning the existing Solaris2.6 OE BE, the ABE is upgraded from the JumpStart server travigne. The ABE is upgraded with the luupgrade -u command, with the -s option specifying that the Solaris 8 OE installation media should be NFS mounted from the JumpStart server, and the -j option specifying that the JumpStart profile, S8-server-upgrade.profile, should be used from the JumpStart server.


Use only the space character to separate the profile keyword and its value, do not use a tab character.

rhone# cat /net/travigne/jumpstart/Profiles/S8-server-upgrade.profile
install_type upgrade
backup_media none
rhone# luupgrade -u -n "Solaris8_10-2001" \
> -s /net/travigne/jumpstart/OS/Solaris_8_2001-10 \
> -j /net/travigne/jumpstart/Profiles/S8-server-upgrade.profile
Validating the contents of the media </net/travigne/jumpstart/OS/
The media is a standard Solaris media.
The media contains an operating system upgrade image.
The media contains <Solaris> version <8>.
The media contains patches for the product.
Locating upgrade profile template to use.
Locating the operating system upgrade program.
Checking for existence of previously scheduled Live Upgrade requests.
Creating upgrade profile for BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Updating ABE's /etc/vfstab file.
The update of the vfstab file on the ABE succeeded.
Determining packages to install or upgrade for BE <Solaris8_10-
Performing the operating system upgrade of the BE <Solaris8_10-
CAUTION: Interrupting this process may leave the boot environment 
unstable or unbootable.
The operating system upgrade completed.
Adding operating system patches to the BE <Solaris8_10-2001>.
The operating system patch installation completed.
INFORMATION: </var/sadm/system/logs/upgrade_log> contains a log of 
the upgrade operation.
INFORMATION: </var/sadm/system/data/upgrade_cleanup> contains a 
log of 
cleanup operations required.
INFORMATION: Please review the above listed files on BE 
<Solaris8_10-2001> to determine if any additional cleanup work is 
required, or installers on additional volumes of the media being 
upgraded to need to be run, before activating the BE.
The Live Upgrade of the BE <Solaris8_10-2001> is completed.

Step 3: Activating the New Solaris Operating Environment

After the luupgrade command completes, the new Solaris8_10-2001 ABE can be selected when necessary or convenient.

rhone# lustatus
BE_name          Complete Active ActiveOnReboot CopyStatus
Solaris2.6         yes     yes     yes            -
Solaris8_10-2001   yes     no      no             -
rhone# luactivate "Solaris8_10-2001"


The target boot environment has been activated. It will be used 
when you reboot. NOTE: You must use either init or shutdown when 
you reboot. If you do not use one of these commands, the system 
will not boot using the target BE.


In case of a failure while booting to the target BE, the following 
process needs to be followed to fallback to the currently working 
boot environment:

1. Enter the PROM monitor (ok prompt).

2. Change the boot device back to the original boot environment by 

   setenv boot-device rootdisk

3. Boot to the original boot environment by typing:



Activation of boot environment <Solaris8_10-2001> successful.

The ABE is activated by rebooting at a convenient time as shown in the following example.

rhone# init 0
INIT: New run level: 0
The system is coming down. Please wait.
System services are now being stopped.
Print services stopped.
Stopping the syslog service.
Nov 28 16:51:22 rhone syslogd: going down on signal 15
Live Upgrade: Deactivating current boot environment <Solaris2.6>.
Live Upgrade: Executing Stop procedures for boot environment 
Live Upgrade: Current boot environment is <Solaris2.6>.
Live Upgrade: New boot environment will be <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Live Upgrade: Activating boot environment <Solaris8_10-2001>.
Live Upgrade: Updating partition ID tag on boot environment 
<Solaris8_10-2001> device </dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s2> to be root slice.
fmthard: New volume table of contents now in place.
Live Upgrade: Updating boot loader for <SUNW,Ultra-60> on boot 
environment <Solaris8_10-2001> device </dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s0> to 
match OS release.
Live Upgrade: The boot device for boot environment <Solaris8_10-
2001> will be </dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0>.
Live Upgrade: Changing primary boot device to boot environment 
Live Upgrade: The current boot environment <Solaris2.6> boots from 
device <rootdisk disk1:a>.
Live Upgrade: The new boot environment <Solaris8_10-2001> boots 
from device <disk:a rootdisk>.
Live Upgrade: Activation of boot environment <Solaris8_10-2001> 
The system is down.
syncing file systems... done
Program terminated
{2} ok boot
Resetting ... 

screen not found.
Can't open input device.
Keyboard not present. Using ttya for input and output.

Sun Ultra 60 UPA/PCI (2 X UltraSPARC-II 450MHz), No Keyboard
OpenBoot 3.27, 2048 MB memory installed, Serial #13109146.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:c8:7:9a, Host ID: 80c8079a.
[remainder of command output removed for sake of brevity ]

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