1. Burn the ISO to CD. ( Don't forget to use the copy image CD feature of your software, what ever it is that you use, not only coping files)

2. Boot the CD in an i386 machine.

3. Connect the Cobalt to your switch obviously as to communicate between your boot server and the Cobalt to be setup.

4. Netboot the Cobalt (hold Left and Right buttons together when powering on - status will read "Net Booting")

5. Enjoy the display as each step done are describe on it...

6. When done, the server will reboot itself. Just wait....

7. When ready for you to access it, you will see the IP on the display to rlogin into. Usually it is 10.0.0.160, but may be different if you do more then one. Just look on the display and you will see where to go.

8. rlogin to it at the IP's above from your boot server, or any other computer on the 10.0.0.x subnet.

The following are what I do to finish the setup, but again, you do as you see fit. That works for me.

9. change the root password

10. create an account you will use to ssh to the box and make it a member of wheel so that you can su to root from it.

11. edit the /etc/passwd.conf to have more the 8 characters password! My choice here. The default only use 8. So I have:

default:
localcipher = md5
ypcipher = old

Note, the ypcipher is not use for me, but I configure it anyway.

12. edit /etc/inetd.conf and comment the line for telnet and rlogin PLEASE!!!

13. edit /etc/rc.conf and remove the dhcp, paneld and nfs and then add the inetd and sshd. So the file will look like:

# Add local overrides below
#
inetd=NO
sshd=YES

Again, here I don't use inetd, but you most likely may well need it. Setup as you see fit. As for paneld, it is good, but simply use to much resource for me to let it run. Without anything running, utime will show 1.10 and killing paneld, will bring it to .05 to .08. Again, do as you see fit, that's what I do.

14. echo 'your.domain' > /etc/defaultdomain

15. echo 'your.ip.address your.full.name hostname' > /etc/hosts

16. echo 'inet your.ip.address netmask your.netmask' > /etc/ifconfig.tlp0

Above, your network card may be different, but look your dmesg to be safe. Mine is tlp0 and tlp1.

17. echo 'your.gateway.ip' > /etc/mygate

18. echo 'your.full.qualify.internet.name' > /etc/myname

19. edit /etc/resolv.conf to install the right information in there. search your.domain.name nameserver your.name.server.ip etc if more then one name server...

Then reboot and enjoy.

Now you have a secure box that only is accessible via ssh. Go install what you like next and have fun!

PS: Don't forget to make sure your password is more then 8 characters after the reboot as the setup kick in after that.