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Installing HP/UX 11i v1 (part 1) 



I am proceeding with HP Visualize Workstations here and installing 11i v1. This guide applies to any HP9000 machine as the Service Processor and eventually the ISL commands are the same. The system commands also, obviously. 


For this tutorial you will need: 

- an HP 9000 machine, 

- an HP-UX 11i v1 (11.11) installation CD, 

- a serial terminal (DB9 connector). 


A standard procedure would be to restore factory defaults on the firmware and disable auto boot just to be sure you get to the prompt (eventhough on those HP 9000 boxes you've got 10 seconds to press any key), 

di (DIsplay)
co (COnfiguration)
de (DEfault)
reset (RESET)

then back to the firmware prompt, identify the default boot device (should be last hard drive in the SCSI chain), 

co (COnfiguration)
path pri (PAth PRI)

and verify that autoboot is disabled, 

au bo (AUto BOot)


Booting the CDROM 

Enter the firmware main menu, search for the CDROM, 

ma (MAin)
search ipl (SEArch IPL)

and boot it, 

boot <path number or device path> e.g. respectively, P0 or IDE here (both do work)
Interact with IPL (Y, N, Q)?> n


Booting from the network 


boot lan.<SERVER_ADDRESS> install


For more information on Ignite-UX see that other guide: 


Installing the system 

Well once the CDROM boots it is kind of straightfoward. Here's a basic set of choices in the configuration menus to get it done as quick as possible. You will be able to further configure the system once it is installed. 

  7) USB_PS2_DIN_French 

Install HP-UX
Media only installation + No user interface - use all the defaults and go

you should get some warnings (about not enought space for the dump in /var and existing file system and boot area on the disk), answer accordingly. I am ready to go here, 

         Do you wish to cancel the non-interactive installation in order to
         respond to the warnings above? ([y]/n): n

Note. Change your keyboard language accordingly. 

Note. HP-UX 11i TCOE-64bit, HP-UX 11i MTOE-64bit or HP-UX 11i Base OS-64bit  


The first CD takes about 20 minutes here to extract, with 2GB of RAM and a PA-8500 (400MHz) CPU. Then almost 30 minutes for the second CD. Then the system restarts and finishes up the installation process and this takes about 10 more minutes. When the system restarts again, enter the firmware, make sure autoboot is enabled for the next time and start the system already, 

path pri
auto boot on
Interact with IPL (Y, N, Q)?> n


System post-installation 

When the systems finally boots for itself, a few post-installation questions need to be answered, e.g., 

  7) USB_PS2_DIN_French 

Select your language: ENGLISH
Default System Language: English
Language Variant: SET_NULL_LOCALE
network? n
hostname and timezone? y

  hostname: (short name, not fqdn, please) 

  timezone e.g. 4) Europe and 3) Western European Time - Western European Summer Time 

root password: ...

Note. You can skip the network configuration and proceed by hand like I describe it in the next chapter. 


Stop and disable the CDE (it freaking beeps -- 4 times -- every minute because I have no screen nor keyboard connected!), 

/usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -d
/sbin/init.d/dtlogin.rc stop



Otherwise if you are experiencing problem with samd which respawns too fast, simply disable it in the init, 

cd /etc/
vi inittab

replace respawn by off, 

samd:23456:off:/usr/sam/lbin/samd  # system mgmt daemon


init q
#kill -HUP 1


Now check what version of HP/UX you actually got installed, 

swlist | grep HPUX

and if your filesystems are HFS or VxFS, 

cat /etc/fstab