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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Distribution Constructor Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Introduction to the Distribution Constructor

What is the Distribution Constructor?

What Kind of Oracle Solaris Images Can I Build?

What are the Components in the Distribution Constructor?

Manifest Files

Finalizer Scripts

distro_const Utility

Checkpointing Options

2.  Design and Build Oracle Solaris Images

3.  x86: Design and Build a Virtual Machine

A.  Custom Finalizer Scripts, Examples

What is the Distribution Constructor?

The distribution constructor is a command-line tool for building preconfigured Oracle Solaris images and Virtual Machine images. The tool takes an XML manifest file as input, and builds an ISO image or Virtual Machine image that is based on the parameters specified in the manifest file. An ISO image is an archive file, also known as a disc image, of an optical disc in a format defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Optionally, a USB image can be created, based on a generated x86 ISO image. Depending on the image configuration, these ISO or USB images can be bootable. They can be installed on a system or run in a live media environment. An ISO image can be burned to a CD or DVD. A USB image can be copied to a flash drive.

Note - The Distribution Constructor creates a USB image that could work in various types of flash memory devices, if those devices have driver support provided by the Oracle Solaris release. The usbcopy utility is the only utility that can be used to copy the USB image into a USB flash drive. This usbcopy utility is available with the Oracle Solaris release.

What Kind of Oracle Solaris Images Can I Build?

You can use the distribution constructor to create the following types of Oracle Solaris images.