Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Basic Installations


This book describes how to use CD or DVD media to install the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) on a nonnetworked system.

This book does not include instructions about how to set up system hardware or other peripherals.

Note –

This Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC® and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC®, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems appear in the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List at This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators who are responsible for installing the Solaris OS. This book provides basic Solaris installation information for system administrators who perform infrequent Solaris installations or upgrades.

If you need advanced Solaris installation information, see Related Books to find the book that describes the information.

Related Books

Table P–1 lists related information that you need when you install the Solaris software.

Table P–1 Related Information



Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations

This book describes how to perform a remote Solaris installation over a local area network or a wide area network. 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning

This book describes how to use CD or DVD media to upgrade a system to the Solaris OS. This book also describes how to use the Solaris Live Upgrade feature to create and maintain boot environments, and how to upgrade systems to these boot environments. 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Custom JumpStart and Advanced Installations

This book describes how to create the files and directories necessary to perform an unattended custom JumpStart installation. This book also describes how to create RAID-1 volumes during a JumpStart installation. 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)

This book describes how to create a Solaris Flash archive and deploy the archive over the network to quickly install the Solaris OS. This book also describes how to maintain these archives, and how to quickly update clone systems by using differential Flash archives. 

System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

This book describes how to back up system files. 

Solaris 10 Release Notes

This book describes any bugs, known problems, software that is being discontinued, and patches that are related to the Solaris release. 

SPARC: Solaris 10 Sun Hardware Platform Guide on

This book contains information about supported hardware. 

Solaris 10 Package List

This book lists and describes the packages in the Solaris 10 OS. 

x86: Solaris Hardware Compatibility List

This list contains supported hardware information and device configuration details. 

Documentation, Support, and Training

The Sun web site provides information about the following additional resources:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–2 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX® system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–3 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser 


Platform Conventions

The following keyboard and mouse conventions are applicable to SPARC and x86 based systems: