Boot and Nuke for SPARC

Posted: November 29, 2011 in solaris, tech
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I’m preparing to excess old hardware at my day job– it’s a very satisfying turn of events. It means we’ve had a job well-done and replaced old hardware with newer, faster, shinier stuff and we can say buh-bye to the old slow crap!

Some people will just pull the hard drives and run them through the degausser which turns them into useless lumps of metal and poisonous stuff that we don’t want to go to the landfill. I prefer to run a program on the drives to completely remove their identity to DOD standards. Afterall, this is the government and the old hardware will go an auction where you can buy a pallet of hardware for $20. I’d like the buyer to receive the hardware with working drives, not poisonous metal, and save the degausser for hard drives that die (but still have data on the platters).

There’s a free product called Darik’s Boot and Nuke that works fantastic on Wintel type machines. I can send a Windows or junior admin over with a CD, DVD, or USB drive to boot and nuke specific machines. But nothing for Sun (aka Oracle) SPARC last time I looked. I admit, I last googled for a SPARC boot and nuke about six years ago– I haven’t looked this time because I have a script for that (I should trademark that phrase!).

I save this script to my jumpstart server and configure an install profile to run it as a pre-install script. This script uses the builtin Solaris “format” command’s ability to run a series of commands and the “purge” function to completely erase each hard disk to DOD specs.

The steps are —

add the MAC address of the SPARC system to your jumpstart server’s /etc/ethers file with the host name “wipeme”.

add an unused IP address to the jumpstart server’s /etc/hosts file with the host name “wipeme”

Create a directory tree on the jumpstart server that is /jumpstart/install/wipe. In the wipe directory you need to have a very generic “profile” file and a “sysidcfg” file as required by jumpstart or it won’t build the rule checksum.

network_interface=primary {netmask= protocol_ipv6=no default_route=}
install_type initial_install
system_type standalone
cluster SUNWCuser

Create the script in the wipe directory, or a subdirectory such as pre-install.

The script is very simple and that is just perfect! It finds all device types for hard disks and by simple elimination eliminates ROM drives. The only thing is I am not sure about for the next generation of SPARC systems with SAS drives and their wonky C-numbering. But, hey, I’ve got five years to cross that bridge.

echo "analyze
" >>/tmp/fcmd

CMD="format -f /tmp/fcmd"for i in ` ls /dev/rdsk |cut -f1 -d"s" |sort |uniq`
echo "Executing command: \"$CMD -d $i\" \n"
$CMD -d $i

Edit your your /jumpstart/rules file and add an entry like so: "hostname wipeme install/wipe/pre-script/  install/wipe/profile - "

Now run your "check" routine to build the rules.ok checksum and you are off to the races to "boot net - install" just like normal. The only difference is it will purge the drives and not install anything leaving a tabula rosa for the new owner.


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