Using the Solaris interactive text installer, you can install a UFS or a ZFS root file system. The default file system is still UFS for this Solaris release. You can access the interactive text installer option in the following ways:
On SPARC based system, use the following syntax from the Solaris installation DVD:
ok boot cdrom - text
On SPARC based system, use the following syntax when booting from the network:
ok boot net - text
On an x86 based system, select the text-mode install option when presented.
Custom JumpStartTM features enable you to set up a profile to create a ZFS storage pool and designate a bootable ZFS file system.
Using the Solaris Live Upgrade feature, you can migrate a UFS root file system to a ZFS root file system. The lucreate and luactivate commands have been enhanced to support ZFS pools and file systems.
You can set up a mirrored ZFS root pool by selecting two disks during installation. Or, you can attach additional disks after installation to create a mirrored ZFS root pool.
Swap and dump devices are automatically created on ZFS volumes in the ZFS root pool.
The following installation features are not provided in this release:
The GUI installation feature for installing a ZFS root file system is not currently available.
The SolarisTM Flash installation feature for installing a ZFS root file system is not currently available.
You cannot use the standard upgrade program to upgrade your UFS root file system to a ZFS root file system.