Any system can boot from the network if a boot server is available. You might want to boot a stand-alone system from the network for recovery purposes if the system cannot boot from the local disk.
You can boot Solaris OS x86 based systems directly from a network without the Solaris boot diskette on x86 based systems that support the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) network booting protocol. The PXE network boot is available only for devices that implement the Intel Preboot Execution Environment specification. If the system is capable of a PXE network boot, you might want to boot the system directly from the network without using either the Device Configuration Assistant boot diskette or the Solaris Software 1 CD or DVD.
In this Oracle Solaris release, the software is delivered on DVD only.