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February 25, 2005

SunOS Bootblocks

This week we have a user question about installing SunOS 4.1.4 on a SparcStation 20 (the SS20 was discontinued in June 1997, SunOS 4.1.4 was replaced around 1991).

The question: How do I install a bootblock on a SunOS 4.1.x?

The answer: You need to look at the installboot command. The format will be something like: installboot -v /boot bootsd /dev/rsd0a

More information:

The installboot command is available under both SunOS and Solaris. One user has even reported being able to create a bootblock on a SunOS disk from a Solaris installation.

More information on Solaris/SunOS versions can be found in the Solaris 2 FAQ and the Sun Computer Administration FAQ describes which models of system can run which OS. Another similar matrix can be found at Freelab.net.

Posted by Ozguru at February 25, 2005 06:00 AM