Net Booting FreeBSD

Kaya Saman kayasaman at
Fri Nov 23 23:56:05 UTC 2012


I've been through the Handbook and Google however, it seems that there 
isn't anywhere that has a guide to net boot FreeBSD on Sun SPARC systems.

I have a Sun Fire V210 and would like to install FreeBSD 9 onto it.

I'm using Fedora 17 32-bit as a boot server, and so far I have:

setup raprd, bootparamd, tftpd, and nfsd  (simple Solaris/OpenBSD/Debian 
(have recently installed them using this technique) boot setup)

Where I am stuck is the tftp and nfs setup.

Having recently jumpstarted OpenBSD I did a similar thing, I'm going to 
bypass rarpd as I'm able to get an IP address so there's no issue there 
(logs confirm):

I put the "loader" file into the /tftpboot directory and symlinked the 
HEX of the IP address to it.

It seems however that this isn't the correct file and unfortunately I am 
stuck as to where to find it?

As for the rest.... I have mounted the freebsd-9.0-current-disk1.iso 
into a directory called /iso and exported this via NFS. The 
configuration for /etc/bootparams is basically to use the /iso/ dir as 
root for the install.

Could someone help me figuring out the file that should be placed in 



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