Solaris Installation Instructions

Important:

In a Solaris zones environment, consider that non-global zones are entities separated from the global one. For example, if you set up two non-global zones, you will see three instances of the client computers in the BigFix console. Because the BigFix client is identified by the host name, ensure that you use descriptive unique host names when creating the zones.

Install the BigFix client first in the global zone. Depending on the Solaris OS version, the client could be automatically installed also in the managed non-global zones. Verify and install the client in the non-global zones, if required.

In any case, you must save the masthead actionsite.afxm file in the /etc/opt/BESClient/ directory of all Solaris zones with the BigFix client installed.

To install the client, perform the following steps:

  1. Download the corresponding BigFix client package file to the Solaris computer.
  2. Copy your actionsite masthead to the Solaris BigFix client computer (the masthead contains configuration, license, and security information). The action site masthead (actionsite.afxm) can be found in your BigFix Installation folders (by default they are placed under C:\Program Files (x86)\BigFix Enterprise\BES Installers\Client on Windows and /var/opt/BESInstallers/Client/ on Linux). If the masthead is not named actionsite.afxm, rename it to actionsite.afxm and place it on the computer at the following location: /etc/opt/BESClient/actionsite.afxm. The masthead file for any BigFix server can also be downloaded at http://servername:port/masthead/masthead.afxm (example: http://bes.BigFix.com:52311/masthead/masthead.afxm).
    Note: You might need to create the directory /etc/opt/BESClient/ if it does not already exist.
  3. Install the PKG by running the command:
    pkgadd -d <path to BigFix Client package file>
  4. The BigFix Client is started automatically by the Service Manager, on older versions run the command:
    /etc/init.d/besclient start
Note:

To install the BigFix client in the local zone, after you have copied the masthead into the /etc/opt/BESClient/ local zone folder, ensure that the svcs BESClient service is online in the local zone by completing the following steps:

  1. Check the status of the BESClient service:
    svcs -x BESClient
    If it is online, no additional action is needed.
  2. If the service is in maintenance, stop the BESClient:
    /etc/init.d/besclient stop
  3. Enable the BESClient svc service:
    svcadm clear BESClient
  4. Check if the service is online and that the client is started:
    scvs -x BESClient
    svcs -p BESClient
Warning: All Solaris agents must have package SUNWlibC installed.