mfcf.math OS setup and Install

Preliminary Notes:


Sun Ultra 5/10 UPA/PCI (UltraSPARC-IIi 440MHz), No Keyboard
OpenBoot 3.25, 1024 MB (50 ns) memory installed, Serial #13731680.
Ethernet address 8:0:20:d1:87:60, Host ID: 80d18760.

mfcf.math is a Sun Ultra10 (64-bit 66 MHz PCI) with:
1 GB Ram
9.1 GB, ST39120A cyl 17660 alt 2 hd 16 sec 63; 7200 rpm, 3.5-in. Enhanced IDE HDD (off of PCI bus) details are:

36 GB FUJITSU-MAF3364LP-0112 cyl 8915 alt 2 hd 19 sec 420 SCSI Drive connected to a 20/40 MB/sec fast/wide SCSI-2 68 pin Sun SunSwift PCI card. Details from "" are:
Features               MAF3364
Capacity (formatted)   36.4 GB
Disks/Heads            10/19
Disk media diameter    3.0 in.
Bytes/sector           512
Cylinders              10,200
Sectors/track          281 to 420 (14 zones)
Recording density      282,000
BPI                    275,000 BPI
Track density          13,500 TPI
Buffer size            2048 KB
Interface              Ultra2 SCSI (LVD)
Seek time
  Track to Track       Read:  0.7 ms (typ) / Write:  0.9 ms (typ)
  Average              Read:  5.7 ms (typ) / Write:  6.2 ms (typ)
  Full Track           Read: 12.0 ms (typ) / Write: 13.0 ms (typ)
Data transfer rate
To/from media          30.3 to 45.0 MB/s
Start time             30 s
Stop time              30 s
Rotational speed (RPM) 10,025
Average latency         2.99 ms
Power requirements Idle (ready) 14.5 W
                      5 years (from date of purchase) 
Limited warranty      includes No Excuses End User
                      Replacement Program

2 Fast ethernet ports

No console, tty1 (serial line console) is connected to anik1.mfcf port 5

Software Layout Decisions

Using my own rule of allocating 2 to 5 times the amount of machine RAM (inversly proportional to amount of RAM) for swap space,, I've decided to use twice the mount of memory plus 1 GB for /tmp tmpfs file system. (ie 2x2Gb+1Gb=3Gb)

Desired trates of this system is for high availability, therefore I thought I would try mirroring (raid 3) the OS file system

Operating System Install

Ultra 10 (440 MHz CPU) comes with Solaris 8 (2.8) installed. We are using Solaris 2.6 in our general environment. To install Solaris 2.6 on a Sparc CPU greater than 419 Mhz you need to use the special hardware cd that comes with the sparcstation (Operating Environment Installation CD 1999) along with the Solaris 2.6 5/98 Server CD (get from IST as we don't have our own copy).

During the installation I used these replies: