Before installing

Installation checklists

This section provides several checklists that will help you collect the information you need to successfully install SCO OpenServer. If you complete these checklists, the installation will go more quickly and you will have a written log of your responses, in case you ever need to troubleshoot or reinstall your system.

The checklists available in this section include:

After installation, keep these checklists with your system log -- see ``Keeping a system log'' for more information.

General installation checklist

Complete this checklist for all installations.

1. Load more Host Bus Adapter (HBA) driver(s)?

[ ] Yes    [ ] No

If the HBA driver that you need is not included in the CD boot image, or if you have an HBA CD-ROM or floppy diskette with updated or vendor-supplied drivers, select Yes. (See ``Supported Host Bus Adapters (HBA)''.)

2. Installation media

[ ] CD-ROM

[ ] TCP/IP network server
Install Server IP Address: ________________________________

For CD installation, if you use your primary drive, autodetection will probably fill in the correct entry. See ``Adding SCSI host adapters and peripherals'' for SCSI configuration information.

For information on network installations, see ``Installing SCO OpenServer products over the network'' in the New Features and Notes online documentation topic.

3. Keyboard type


Enter the language that your keyboard is configured to use: British, French, German, Italian, Latin American, Spanish, or United States.

4. License SCO OpenServer

License number: __________________________________

License code: ____________________________________

License data: ____________________________________

Copy this information from your SCO OpenServer License, or enter an Evaluation License. (The License data field only appears during certain installations.)

If you are upgrading from a previous SCO OpenServer release, see ``Installing SCO OpenServer edition and upgrade licenses'' for help determining the order in which licenses must be entered.

5. System name


Must be unique, begin with a letter, and contain only lowercase letters and numbers. Cannot be longer than 8 characters.

6. Domain name


7. Security profile

[ ] High
[ ] Improved
[ ] Traditional
[ ] Low

Use High for systems with confidential information and many users, Improved for systems with users who share information, Traditional to maintain compatibility with existing UNIX systems, or Low for systems not widely or publically accessed. (See ``System security'' for more information.)

8. Time zone

Geographical name: __________________________________

Time zone: __________________________________

Date: __________________________________

Time: __________________________________

Daylight savings time observed? [ ] Yes    [ ] No

If your time zone is not available for selection during the installation, you will need to define a custom time zone afterwards. See ``Configuring time zones'' in ``Installation notes''.

Ideally, set your hardware's Real Time Clock (RTC) in the system BIOS. If needed, you can change the local date and time here. See ``Setting the date and time'' in ``Installation notes'' for details.

9. Language


Enter the language product that you want to use: ``Standard C (English)'', ``American English'', ``British English'', ``French French'', or ``German German''.

This setting determines how the system displays currency, punctuation, and other special characters. If you choose ``Standard C'', special characters are not displayable and sorting is performed in ASCII order.

Note that the French and German language supplements must be installed separately, after the SCO OpenServer installation is complete.

10. Hard disk/Filesystem setup

[ ] Use whole disk for UNIX
[ ] Customize partitions & filesystems
[ ] Re-load partition data
[ ] Select alternate root disk

Use whole disk for UNIX configures the entire disk with a single UNIX partition (destroying all existing data on the drive) and uses the default filesystem layout.

Customize partitions & filesystems lets you create and resize partitions and filesystems, and preserve existing partitions. If using this option, also fill out the Partitions and Filesystems checklists.

Re-load partition data restores the hard disk to its pre-installation configuration.

Select alternate root disk allows you to select the disk that you want to install with SCO OpenServer. The list of disks you see includes any detected removable media devices. Be sure that the disk you select is truly the disk you want to install.

11. Software components

[ ] Operating System Services
[ ] Connectivity Services
[ ] Graphics Services
[ ] Database Services
[ ] Value-added Services
[ ] Documentation

By default, all software components are selected to be installed. However, you can select to install whole and partial components in any combination. (See ``System requirements'' for disk space requirements.)

12. Network Card

[ ] Autodetect
[ ] Manually Select
[ ] Deferred

If your network adapter is a ``smart'' bus adapter (for example, a PCI adapter), SCO OpenServer can detect and autoconfigure the appropriate network driver.

If you need to manually select your network card, you will need to supply some combination of the following information:

1. Network Adapter
Vendor and Model Number
2. Interrupt Vector (IRQ) _______________________
3. I/O Address Range (if applicable) _______________________
4. ROM Address (if applicable) _______________________
5. DMA (if applicable) _______________________
6. Memory (RAM) Address Range (if applicable) _______________________
7. RAM Size (if applicable) _______________________
8. Cable Type (if applicable) _______________________
9.    _______________________
10.    _______________________
11.    _______________________
12.    _______________________

13. Network Address

Use DHCP? [ ] Yes    [ ] No

IP Address: __________________________________
(Four decimal numbers separated by periods -- for example, If you do not already have an IP address, defer network configuration.)

Net Mask: __________________________________
If you are not configuring a subnetwork, accept the default value.

Broadcast Address: __________________________________
This value is automatically computed by the installation based on the net mask.

Gateway Address: __________________________________
This parameter is optional. Enter the IP address of the gateway machine on your network to set the default route. (For more information, see ``Default routes''.)

Primary nameserver address: __________________________________

Alternate nameserver address: __________________________________

Alternate nameserver address: __________________________________
These nameserver parameters are optional. Enter the IP addresses of the primary and alternate name servers. (For more information, see ``Configuring the Domain Name Service (DNS)''.)

Note that if no gateway and nameserver values are entered, you will not be able to connect to another system using TCP/IP until you have a default route or a routing daemon configured.

Choose from the list displayed by the installation. The default is ETHERNET_II.

14. Video and Graphics

[ ] SCOlogin Off/Manual Configure
[ ] SCOlogin Off/Auto Configure
[ ] SCOlogin On/Manual Configure
[ ] SCOlogin On/Auto Configure

Auto Configure tells the system to autodetect the video adapter and start the X server upon reboot. If you select Manual Configure, you need to run the Video Configuration Manager before the X server can start. (See ``Configuring video adapters'' for more information.) You can also select whether or not SCOlogin is turned on.

15. Mouse

[ ] Autodetect
[ ] Manually Select
[ ] Deferred

If you defer mouse selection, you can install and configure a mouse after the installation by running mkdev mouse. (See ``Adding mice and bitpads'' for more information.) Note that you should not defer mouse selection if you turn SCOlogin on (see Step 14). The X server requires a configured mouse.

If you need to manually configure the mouse, supply the following information:

Mouse Type
[ ] Serial Mouse
[ ] USB Mouse
[ ] PS/2-compatible Mouse
[ ] No Mouse

Serial Port
[ ] COM 1    [ ] COM 2

For a serial mouse, specify the port to which the mouse is connected.

Number of Buttons
[ ] 2    [ ] 3

Test Mouse
[ ] Yes    [ ] No

16. Email System

[ ] MMDF
[ ] Sendmail

The two Mail Transfer Agents (MTAs) are MMDF (the default) and Sendmail. Choose Sendmail if you intend to use advanced Internet services features or if your systems currently use Sendmail. For a comparison of Sendmail and MMDF, see the Mail and Messaging category in the online documentation.

Partitions and filesystems checklists

When installing SCO OpenServer, you can define the partition(s) for the primary hard disk. You can also modify filesystem types and sizes for the active UNIX partition.

Read this section and complete the checklist below if you want to:

If you do not want to configure partitions and filesystems manually, the SCO OpenServer installation will set them up automatically. When prompted by the installation, choose to Use the whole disk for UNIX on the Disk Configuration window.

Partitions and filesystems checklists

You can define up to four partitions for each hard disk during the installation.

Primary hard disk partitions

Partition Type % of disk Starting cylinder
1 _______________ _______________ _______________
2 _______________ _______________ _______________
3 _______________ _______________ _______________
4 _______________ _______________ _______________

Available partition types are:

UNIX System Use for SCO OpenServer, SCO UnixWare, or other UNIX systems.
Pre-5.0 DOS Use for DOS systems release 5.0 and earlier. This system must be loaded in partition 1 and start at block 0. You must install this system before installing UNIX. To boot a pre-5.0 DOS partition, it must be smaller than 32MB and must start at cylinder 0.
DOS Use for DOS systems after release 5.0. This system can be loaded onto any partition.
Other Use for other operating systems, such as Linux.
System This partition contains autodetected hardware information. If this partition is listed, do not remove or reconfigure it. This partition contains information specific to your hardware setup.

Remember these restrictions when filling out the partitions tables:

Filesystems checklist and notes

You can modify several default filesystems and divisions (``slices'') during the installation by selecting Customize partitions & filesystems.

Filesystem Description Default Type Size
/ Root filesystem vxfs __________ _____(MB)
/stand Boot filesystem EAFS EAFS _____(MB)
/dev/swap Swap slice slice slice _____(MB)
/dev/dump Dump slice off __________ _____(MB)
/u User filesystem off __________ _____(MB)
   Renameable FS/slice off __________ _____(MB)
   Renameable FS/slice off __________ _____(MB)
/usr/local Renameable FS/slice off __________ _____(MB)
      off __________ _____(MB)
      off __________ _____(MB)
      off __________ _____(MB)
/tmp Temporary filesystem off __________ _____(MB)
/var/tmp Temporary filesystem off __________ _____(MB)

This section describes each of the filesystems that you can configure.

/  --  the root filesystem
Contains the bulk of the system, including files, commands, log files, and other data.

This filesystem is required and can be of type vxfs or HTFS.

/stand -- the boot filesystem
Contains all stand-alone programs and text files necessary to boot SCO OpenServer.

The filesystem type must be EAFS, and the default size provided should be adequate for your system.

/dev/swap -- the swap slice
Used to swap processes into and out of memory.

The default size for the swap slice is adequate for most installations. The amount of swap space allocated during the installation is based on disk size, the total amount of memory in the system, and on the total amount of memory used by memfs filesystems.

/dev/dump -- the dump slice
Stores a memory image of the running system should the system crash.

This slice is not enabled by default, and in most cases is not necessary. If you create a dump slice, it should be as large as your system's RAM. The maximum supported dump slice is 16GB.

If no dump slice is created, a system crash results in dump data being placed in the swap slice. Upon reboot, the system will prompt you to save the dump somewhere else before it is overwritten in swap.

Swap space requirements are smaller if a dump slice is defined, but the disk space is used less efficiently.

/u -- user filesystem
Contains user accounts and data.

This filesystem can be configured as vxfs, HTFS, EAFS, AFS, or S51K.

If you do not enable this filesystem, it is created as a subdirectory of the root filesystem.

Administrator-defined -- additional filesystems and slices
These entries are administrator-configurable, and are not created if not enabled. Slices can also be allocated for databases, or for future filesystem creation. If you create a slice using these entries, a symbolic link is created using the name you specify that points to the character special device node for the slice. For example, if you create a slice named /database, a symbolic link named /database is created on the root filesystem that points to the character special device for the slice. This makes it easy to identify the correct device node for the slice after installation is complete.

/tmp -- temporary filesystem
Contains files that might be removed at any time.

This filesystem is not configured by default. Can be of type memfs, in which case all files and directories are automatically flushed during each reboot, or as type vxfs.

If you want to make use of SCO OpenServer emergency recovery utilities, you must define /tmp as a memfs filesystem.

/var/tmp -- installation temporary filesystem
Used when adding packages to your system. This filesystem must be configured as memfs. All files and directories are automatically flushed during each reboot. If you do not enable this filesystem, /var/tmp is created as a subdirectory of the root filesystem. If both the /tmp and /var/tmp filesystems are configured as memfs, they share the total amount of memory assigned to them. The size of /var/tmp will be indicated as ``Auto''.

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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 -- 05 June 2007