I want to install Solaris 10 on a Sunblade 150 Machine. It comes on a CD-ROM. Can I install it using an external DVD-drive?
Probably not. As I recall, the last PROM code for the Sun Blade 100/150 didn't support booting from USB devices. You can buy a 50-pin SCSI DVD-ROM drive from Ebay for anywhere from $20 - $100. Example: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-DVD-116SM-Sun-370-4439-50-pin-SCSI-16x-DVD-ROM-Drive-523424739017-/161001660487?pt=US_CD_DVD_Blu_Ray_Drives&hash=item257c726047
The only other option would be to set up a jumpstart server, and
boot net - install.
You could try and see if it registers and if you can mount the drive like so? Surely there is a way using the
boot command. Alternatives include a network install or making the iso media file available in the OS where you could simply mount it then perform an update of the software directly from the machine using luupgrade like here for example. I read you can access the ok prompt on the boot screen by pressing
STOP+A on the original keyboard. I guess it all depends on your setup and assets available... like a jumpstart software server which can be installed with the install media on another machine if I understand correctly.
Maybe specificy the type of external DVD drive?
I don't believe Blade 150s boot from USB.
But, the good news is blade 150s take IDE drives, so you should be able to grab a surplus CD/DVD drive and put it in the 150.
Keep in mind that Sun workstations are "fussy" when it comes to working with third-party hardware. Check the Sun Systems Handbook and hardware compatibility list before trying a USB DVD-ROM drive. We had SB 150s when I worked for Sun. USB devices (mind you this was when S10u5 was out) meant extra hoops to jump through if you were lucky. Also be mindful of the update release of S10 you are installing and obviously check out the readme before installing. Mr. Kennedy's Jumpstart suggestion would be the best overall.
When I had an Ultra 5, I was able to use a commodity DVD-ROM drive for the system, and OpenBoot had no problem with it.
Same thing when I used a commodity IDE DVD-ROM drive for a Sun Blade 2500 Red.