Alternative for solaris jumpstart

I need to make and deploy solaris installs at different version levels. I really do not want to waste time with building the solaris jumpstart solution. Anyone have an alternate solution? Right now we are using "dd".

Thanks!
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GCarletonAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
Have not setup one recently, but once you setup the image/template of the system and then use a script that adds the client, /etc/ethers and copies/creates the "path" nfs where this system will retrieves the data it was fairly srtaight forward.

Do you use a script
i.e. setupjumpstart.pl "ethers" OS
and the script makes all the adjustments to the various files and creates the NFS volume/entry that the system will load?

Or do you manually have to run the addclient modify /etc/ethers create copies based on the system name? etc.
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Joseph GanSystem AdminCommented:
Can use "flarcreate" to create a flash image from a master system, look at man page.
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GCarletonAuthor Commented:
Thanks but I am looking for something that is not manual. More of a  deployment system..just not jumpstart which is a total pain
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arnoldCommented:
Are you deploying to sparc based systems or to a mix?

What platforms are available to you?

http://www.oracle.com/us/products/enterprise-manager/opscenter/index.html
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GCarletonAuthor Commented:
I am deploying Spark and Intel based systems
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arnoldCommented:
Presumably you already have a jumpstart setup, but your issue deals with having to run the ethers definition/setup the tftp share/volume to be used for the specific system?
you would prefer to have the process self detect boot the system and then present the options on which to install?

The link I provided seems to reference an Oracle enterprise tool (not sure whether it is free or pay).
opsware might be another consideration, but it is not clear to me whether it can deploy Solaris.
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GCarletonAuthor Commented:
Thanks I was looking for a 3rd party solution. Jumpstart is a genuine PAIN in the rear to manage. I would rather dd the disks. Since we deploy at most 1 or 2 of these at a time.
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GCarletonAuthor Commented:
It is scripted but the serve5r is old and I do not want to waste my money on the insanely expensive "licensing" that Oracle has dumped on Solaris to get the patches. The maintenance contract is 2x the value of the server. If we didnt have to qualify our software against Solaris we wouldn't have any of them running at all. As far as I am concerned Oracle has killed Solaris.
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arnoldCommented:
I'd think no matter the alternative, it will cost you.
Not sure whether opsware can be used to deploy solaris or any other comercially available system management product.
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