Saturday, May 26, 2012

Can Solaris10 x86 based Jumpstart server support legacy SunOS SPARC installations?

We have our jumpstart server hosted on some pretty old SPARC based hardware and we have entirely run out of drive space. I am considering building a new Jumpstart server but was wondering if anyone could tell me whether or not a Solaris10 x86 based server can support SPARC installations for distros such as SunOS 5.5.1 and earlier. The reason I want to run on an x86 platform is that we have a TON of x86 based hardware laying around and I love the idea of being able to slap some massive SATA drives together for an enormous amount of scratch storage for future expansion so I don't have to worry about my space being limited by the current HDD tech. that we have running our server now. 
Any input would be greatly appreciated. 

Yes, you can mix versions. Like you do today, just make sure you specify 
which distribution a particular mac address gets, when you set up the 
connection. Oracle/Sun doesn't officially support installing anything after 
the EOL date, which means anything but Solaris 9 and 10 are not officially 
  you will configure the jumpstart server on x86 based server for sparc 
awesome.. thank you very much everyone. I will try to get started on building the new jumpstart server as soon as I have a bit of time at work. Once I do, I will let you know how well it goes in regard to pushing legacy distros down to ancient SPARC hosts.


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