Creating a bootable Solaris DVD with Solaris Nevada 59 on my old Dell GX110

Creating a bootable Solaris DVD is pretty easy with Solaris Nevada 59 on my old Dell GX110 with a 733 MHz PIII CPU, 512 MB RAM, and a NEC ND-7550A DVD RW drive, using the following command:

$ cdrecord driver=mmc_dvdplusrw -dao -v speed=2 \
dev=/dev/rdsk/c1t0d0s2 solarisdvd.iso

That’s all. Without the -dao and the driver options, I got error messages like Drive does not support TAO recording, or Data will not fit on any disk.

3 Responses to “Creating a bootable Solaris DVD with Solaris Nevada 59 on my old Dell GX110”

  1. W. Wayne Liauh Says:

    Did you have to make modifications to /etc/vfstab?

  2. Jim Laurent Says:

    Bernd,
    I’m not quite clear on this. Are you making an ISO image from your customized installation and then using another step to actually burn the ISO to a DVD platter?
    Please clarify what are you starting with and producing.
    Does this also work for Sparc?

  3. Bernd Finger Says:

    Hi all,
    Thanks for your questions, and sorry for not being more detailed right at the beginning.
    My blog entry did only focus on the command line options for creating a bootable DVD with Solaris and that specific (or maybe a similar) DVD drive, as the cdrecord command I used to use (=without those two options “driver=mmc_dvdplusrw” and “-dao”) did not work the way I expected.
    So what I did was:

    download the (zipped) Solaris DVD image to my (already existent) Solaris system
    unzip the DVD image, using “gzip -dc solarisdvd.iso.gz > solarisdvd.iso”
    insert a blank DVD+RW disk into the DVD burner
    use the above command to create the DVD
    reboot the system and installed Solaris from that DVD

    So no customized ISO image, and no modification to /etc/vfstab.

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