At first, you need a running tftp server and a rarp daemon to boot the installer on the box.
# apt-get install rarpd atftpd # nano /etc/ethers
Put IP and MAC into
# cd /tftpboot # wget http://people.debian.org/~stappers/d-i/images/daily/sparc64/netboot/boot.img
That the correct bootimage for the box can be found by
tftpd, you need to make a symbolic link.
# ln -s boot.img 0A000002
The name is simply a conjunction of hexadecimal representation of IP address
assigned to the destination machine:
10.0.0.2 | | | | 0A | | | 00 | | 00 | 02 ==> 0A000002
You may also make restriction to which interface the rarpd should be bound in
If so you need to restart the
# /etc/init.d/rarpd restart
Connect the serial port A of the SunFire to another serial port on a second box. Start minicom there, configure your serialport , disable the flowcontrol and use 9600 8N1 settings.
Now you can poweron the SunFire and send them a break signal with .
You have entered the OpenPROM prompt with signaling "ok".
Start netboot with:
boot net debconf/priority=low
Now you should get this screen. Immediately after the box got his IP it will start the tftp transfer of the boot image and boot from:
Boot device: /pci@1f,0/network@c,1 File and args: debconf/priority=low Timeout waiting for ARP/RARP packet... Timeout waiting for ARP/RARP packet... 54e200
Now you can make all your install setting ... after severals questions and settings, you can choose, what you wonna install ... stable, testing or unstable.
I used 2.4 as kernel and the box is running very well til now. :)
Enjoy your life with running Debian sarge on SunFire 280R!