SIA versions 2.3 through 2.4 provides the following features and benefits:
Multiple media options. SIA is available on a variety of bootable media. You can boot SIA from either a local drive attached to the server (CD/DVD or USB flash drive), a remote redirected network drive (virtual CD-ROM or ISO image), or from an image available on your PXE network environment.
SIA update option that updates the SIA software from the Oracle download site to ensure your SIA session has the latest drivers and firmware.
Assisted RAID configuration for supported servers that include an LSI–based integrated disk controller. Supports RAID-1 integrated mirror or integrated mirror enhanced (striping). New with SIA 2.4: assisted RAID 1 configuration for LSI-based SAS-2 controllers (926x, 9280).
Assisted installation for supported Windows or Linux (Oracle, SLES and RHEL) operating systems. This includes the most recent Oracle-supported device drivers required for your system. Supports OS installation on hard disk, solid state disk, or compact flash.
Note - SIA does not provide the operating system software. You must have a licensed retail version of the operating system software available during the SIA installation.
Provides Oracle's Sun Service Tags installation packages. Following an assisted OS install, Service Tags installation package are copied to a folder on the server. A service tag enables automatic discovery of systems, software, and services (gear). A service tag uniquely identifies each tagged piece of gear, and allows information about the gear to be shared over a local network in a standard XML format.
System BIOS and device firmware upgrade capabilities. Upgrade options are server-specific.
Recovery from a non-functional (corrupt or inaccessible) service processor. This feature is server-specific.
An SIA session event log is created for troubleshooting issues. The log file located at /root for Linux, or C:\ for Windows on the newly installed server.
On a Windows client, SIA supports an autorun menu that allows you to perform additional tasks outside of the SIA environment. New with SIA 2.4.