The Solaris 7 software is distributed on compact disc (CD) only. This means you must have access to a CD-ROM drive before you can install the software. For systems without a local CD-ROM drive, you can set up a system that has a CD-ROM drive to act as an install server on the network. For more information about network installations, see Solaris Advanced Installation Guide.
Solaris 7 installation also provides a set of software groups, which are groups of packages and clusters for typical users (for example, there is an end-user software group). You can select a software group to get systems running without selecting individual packages and clusters. This can be useful when you are first installing the Solaris 7 software in a limited environment for testing. You can add or remove packages later as you gain more experience with the system.
The Solaris 7 environment includes architecture-specific kernels rather than the generic kernel configuration provided in earlier SunOS software releases. You will find the installed kernel in /kernel instead of /vmunix.
The Solaris 7 installation program guides you step-by-step through the installation process.
The Solaris 7 environment provides custom Solaris JumpStartTM technology to automate installations. This can save time when you need to install many systems. For more information, see Solaris Advanced Installation Guide.