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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Distribution Constructor Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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Document Information

1.  Introduction to the Distribution Constructor

2.  Design and Build Oracle Solaris Images

3.  x86: Design and Build a Virtual Machine

What is a Virtual Machine?

What is the Final Product?

System Requirements for Building Virtual Machines

How to Build a Virtual Machine

Get an AI Boot Image

Providing a Boot Image

Optional: Customize Build Specifications

Build the Virtual Machine

Troubleshooting During the Build

Further Information

A.  Custom Finalizer Scripts, Examples

What is a Virtual Machine?

A Virtual Machine is a tightly-isolated software container that can run its own operating system and applications as if it were a physical computer. A Virtual Machine (VM) behaves exactly like a physical computer. A VM contains it own virtual hardware, such as a software-based CPU, RAM, hard disk, and network interface card (NIC). The VM that you create with the distribution constructor will include an Oracle Solaris operating system preinstalled in the Virtual Machine.

VirtualBox is an x86 virtualization application which facilitates the creation of Virtual Machines.

What is the Final Product?

When the distribution constructor builds a Virtual Machine, the Virtual Machine is exported in three formats by default, and stores as a set of files in the <build_area>/media directory on the host system.

Note - A host system is the system on which you run the distribution constructor and build a Virtual Machine.

A client system is the system on which you deploy a Virtual Machine.

The files are stored in the following sub-directories and formats.

The files in each folder are Virtual Machine images. You can burn the files to a DVD.

Note - Another end product is an XML file that records, just for reference, the settings that the distribution constructor used to configure the Virtual Machine.