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IUX - Starting Ignite-UX



This sections covers is based on Chapter 1 of the Ignite-UX Administration Guide.

Installing Ignite-UX

Ignite-UX is available in as a SD-UX (Software Distributor) depot format from OE and AR media and from the HP Software Depot Website (

All Ignite-UX bundle is safe to install on production enviroments since none of the filesets on the Ignite-UX bundles required a system reboot. In critical service system, standard backup and downtime procedures should be followed.

The following table provide information about the bundles available for download and install at the software depot. Image:Available ignite-ux bundles.png

Check Ignite-UX depot

After Ignite-UX download check the depot content and version to verify for download errors.

# swlist -s <host_name>:<depot_path>
  • Note: If the current working directory contains the depot, the following sintaxis can be use to automatically add the path: `pwd`:/<depot_path>


# swlist -s `pwd`/Ignite-UX-11-ALL_C.7.6.100.depot
# Initializing...
# Contacting target ""...
# Target:
# Bundle(s):
  IGNITE                C.7.6.100      HP-UX Installation Utilities (Ignite-UX)
  Ignite-UX-11-11       C.7.6.100      HP-UX Installation Utilities for Installing 11.11 Systems
  Ignite-UX-11-23       C.7.6.100      HP-UX Installation Utilities for Installing 11.23 Systems
  Ignite-UX-11-31       C.7.6.100      HP-UX Installation Utilities for 
  Installing 11.31 Systems

Install Ignite-UX bundles/filesets

Use the following "swinstall" sintaxis to proceed with the installation of Ignite-UX.

# swinstall -s <host_name>/<depot_path> \* @

  1. \* = Allow to install all the depots
  2. @ = Install in the current server


# swinstall -s `pwd`/Ignite-UX-11-ALL_C.7.6.100.depot \* @
=======  05/09/08 07:52:06 CDT  BEGIN swinstall SESSION
         (non-interactive) (
       * Session started for user "".
       * Beginning Selection
       * Target connection succeeded for "".
       * Source:
       * Targets:      
       * Software selections:
 * A "+" indicates an automatic selection due to dependency or
         the automatic selection of a patch or reference bundle.
       * Selection succeeded.
       * Beginning Analysis and Execution
       * Session selections have been saved in the file
       * The analysis phase succeeded for "".
       * The execution phase succeeded for "".
       * Analysis and Execution succeeded.
NOTE:    More information may be found in the agent logfile using the
         command "swjob -a log @".
=======  05/09/08 07:53:58 CDT  END swinstall SESSION (non-interactive)

Verify the installation

To check the installation use the following "swlist" sintaxtis to check the state of the Ignite-UX filesets.

# swlist -l fileset -a state IGNITE


swlist -l fileset -a state IGNITE
Contacting target "crrp4440"...
 Target:  crrp4440:/
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-COMMON-IA       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-COMMON-PA       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-KRN-11-11       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-KRN-11-23       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-KRN-11-31       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.BOOT-SERVICES        configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.CD-TOOLS             configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.CD-TOOLS-DOC         configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.CD-TOOLS-SRC         configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.DVD-TOOLS            configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.DVD-TOOLS-DOC        configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.DVD-TOOLS-SRC        configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.FILE-SRV-11-11       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.FILE-SRV-11-23       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.FILE-SRV-11-31       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.IGNITE               configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.IGNT-ENG-A-MAN       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.IGNT-JPN-E-MAN       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.IGNT-JPN-S-MAN       configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.IGNT-OBAM-RUN        configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.MGMT-TOOLS           configured
IGNITE.Ignite-UX.RECOVERY             configured

Configuration decision trees

  • What is the hardware platform of the Ignite-UX clients? ( PA-RISC | Itanium )
  • What is your server architecture?
  • What is the model of your server?
# model
# uname -a
HP-UX crc8000 B.11.11 U 9000/785 2175810528 unlimited-user license

HP 9000 (PA-RISC)

PA-Risc boot decision tree

Required information

  • Do you need to boot from the IGNITE server?
  • Do you have | know the mac address of your client?
  • Have you already configure other clients?
  • How many clients do you have?
  • Are all the clients on the same subnet?
  • Can you reserve a network partition of the subnet for network booting?

Register clients

  • Add the following line to "/etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab"
<IP Address>:<MAC Address>::reserve

Anonymous clients

  • Add one one or more lines to "/etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab" for anonymous clients
<IP address>:::

Integrity (Itanium)

PA-Risc boot decision tree

Required information

  • Do you need to boot from the IGNITE server?
  • Do you have | know the mac address of your client?
  • Have you already configure other clients?
  • How many clients do you have?
  • Are all the clients on the same subnet?
  • Can you reserve a network p of the portion of the subnet for Ignite-UX network booting?
  • Are using DHCP to assign IP addresses?

Using DHCP for Registered clients

  • Add an additional entry in the "/etc/bootptab" file.
  1. IADEF is the default configuration for Itanium-based clients on the subnet
  2. iuxclient1 is the specific entry for that particular client
  3. ht is hardware type (ether) (must precede the ha and hm tag)
  4. hn send nodename (boolean flag, no "=value" needed)
  5. bf bootfile (for tftp download)
  6. bs bootfile size in 512-octet blocks
  7. sm network subnet mask
  8. gw gateway IP address (must have sm tag defined also)
  9. ds domain name server IP address
  10. tc indicates the use of a template for common defaults
  11. ip the client’s IP address
  12. ha MAC address

Using DHCP for Anonymous clients

  • Make sure that only one DHCP server is configure to respond to the Itanium PXE request.
  • Add following entries to "/etc/dhcptab" file. (Only for HP-UX 11iv2 and 11iv3)

Replace bootptab with instl_bootd - No DHCP

1. Edit /etc/inetd.conf. Disable bootpd commenting out line:

# bootps dgram udp wait root /usr/lbin/bootpd bootpd

2. Enable the instl_bootd daemon by adding following line:

bootps dgram udp wait root /opt/ignite/lbin/instl_bootd instl_bootd

3. Restart the Internet daemon:

/usr/sbin/inetd -c


  • Ignite-UX Administration Guide - Chapter 2 - Getting the Ignite-UX Software
    • Decision Tree When Configuring a Server for Booting PA-RISC Systems 5992-3336, pp 38, fig 2.6
    • Decision Tree When Configuring a Server for Booting Itanium-Based Systems 5992-3336, pp 40, fig 2.7

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