Software Installation Administrator's Guide

Document Number: 007-1364-050

Front Matter

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Table of Contents

About This Guide
When to Use This Guide
What This Guide Contains
Audience for This Guide
Notation Conventions
Related Documentation

1. Introduction
Software Product Releases
Anatomy of a Software Product
Patch Releases
Sources of Installable Software
Software Installation Methods
Introduction to Inst

2. Preparing for Installation
Selecting a Distribution Source
Setting Up an Installation Server
Backing Up the Target Systems
Planning the Order of Installation
Collecting the Information That You Need
Preparing the Remote CD-ROM Drive
Determining the Installation Method

3. Starting a Miniroot Installation
Understanding Miniroot Installations
Before You Begin a Miniroot Installation
Preliminary PROM Monitor Procedures
Loading From a Local CD
Loading From a Remote Distribution Source
Finishing the Miniroot Load

4. Starting a Live Installation
Before You Begin a Live Installation
Invoking Inst for Live Installations

5. Using Inst
Getting Help During Installations
The Software Installation Procedure
Stopping the Remote CD Manager
Managing Configuration Files
If Inst Is Interrupted

6. Inst for Experts
Quick Start Installation Instructions
Alternative Ways to Specify a Distribution
Installing Software Noninteractively
Using Command Shortcuts
Using step to Make Selections
Using the View Commands Menu
Using the Administrative Commands Menu
Using the Interrupt Menu
Giving Commands on Other Menus

7. Maintenance Tips
Installing a Software Update
Installing Software Options
Installing Patch Releases
Installing Software for Hardware Upgrades
Installing Reference Pages
Reinstalling an Older Software Release
Avoiding Compatibility Problems
Removing All Software

8. Tailoring Inst Operation
Checking the Current Settings
Controlling Menu Displays
Controlling Disk Space Checks and Reports
Controlling the Display of Filenames
Displaying the Current Distribution Source
Turning Off Initial Selection of Subsystems
Checking and Setting the System Date
Changing the Network Timeout Value
A Closer Look at Preferences

9. Inst Command Reference
Main Menu Commands
View Menu Commands
Administrative Menu Commands
Interrupt Menu Commands

A. Installation Troubleshooting
Types of Errors
Getting More Feedback from Inst
Resolving Errors
Resolving Conflicts
Resolving Network Problems
Resolving Problems With CDs
Checking Distribution Directories and CDs
Using fx to Restore the Swap Partition
Calling Your Support Organization