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1.  Planning for a Oracle Solaris Installation From CD or DVD Media (Tasks)

2.  Installing With the Oracle Solaris Installation Program For UFS File Systems (Tasks)

3.  Installing With the Oracle Solaris Interactive Text Installer for ZFS Root Pools (Planning and Tasks)



This book describes how to use CD or DVD media to install the Oracle Solaris operating system (OS) on a non-networked system.

This book does not include instructions about how to set up system hardware or other peripherals. This book provides instructions for installing both UFS file systems and ZFS root pools.

Note - This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures. The supported systems appear in the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document, these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators who are responsible for installing the Oracle Solaris OS. This book provides basic Oracle Solaris installation information for system administrators who perform infrequent Solaris installations or upgrades.

If you need advanced Oracle Solaris installation information, see Related Books to find the book that describes the information.

Related Books

Table P-1 lists documentation for system administrators.

Table P-1 Are You a System Administrator Who is Installing Oracle Solaris?

Do you need system requirements or high-level planning information? Or want a high-level overview of Oracle Solaris ZFS root pool installations, GRUB based booting, Oracle Solaris Zones partitioning technology, or creating RAID-1 volumes?
Do you need to upgrade or patch your system with almost no downtime? Save system downtime when upgrading by using Live Upgrade, a feature of Oracle Solaris.
Do you need to install a secure installation over the network or Internet? Use WAN boot to install a remote client. Or, do you need to install over the network from a network installation image? The Oracle Solaris installation program steps you through an installation.
Do you need to install Oracle Solaris on multiple machines? Use JumpStart to automate your installation.
Do you need to install or patch multiple systems quickly? Use Flash Archive, a feature of Oracle Solaris to create a flash archive and install a copy of the OS on clone systems.
Do you need to back up your system?
Do you need troubleshooting information, a list of known problems, or a list of patches for this release?
Oracle Solaris Release Notes
Do you need to verify that your system works on Oracle Solaris?
SPARC: Solaris Sun Hardware Platform Guide
Do you need to check on which packages have been added, removed, or changed in this release?
Oracle Solaris Package List
Do you need to verify that your system and devices work with Solaris SPARC and x86 based systems and other third-party vendors.

Access to Oracle Support

Oracle customers have access to electronic support through My Oracle Support. For information, visit or visit if you are hearing impaired.

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-2 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-3 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser

Platform Conventions

The following keyboard and mouse conventions are applicable to SPARC and x86 based systems: