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Part I Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Options

1.  Overview of Installation Options

Part II Installing Using Installation Media

2.  Preparing for the Installation

3.  Using the LiveCD

4.  Using the Text Installer

5.  Automated Installations That Boot From Media

6.  Unconfiguring or Reconfiguring an Oracle Solaris instance

Part III Installing Using an Install Server

7.  Automated Installation of Multiple Clients

8.  Setting Up an Install Server

9.  Customizing Installations

10.  Provisioning the Client System

11.  Configuring the Client System

12.  Installing and Configuring Zones

13.  Running a Custom Script During First Boot

14.  Setting Up Oracle Configuration Manager For Use By AI Client Systems

15.  Installing Client Systems

16.  Troubleshooting Automated Installations


Installing Oracle Solaris 11 Systems provides instructions for installing and configuring the Oracle Solaris operating system (OS) using any of the following methods:

All cases require access to a package repository on the network to complete the installation.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is for system administrators who want to install the Oracle Solaris 11 OS.

How This Book Is Organized

This book contains the following parts and chapters:

Part I, Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Options describes alternative installation methods to help you select the method that best fits your needs.

Part II, Installing Using Installation Media:

Part III, Installing Using an Install Server describes automated installations and related processes and tools.

Related Information

Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Man Pages provides copies of the aimanifest(1M), distro_const(1M), installadm(1M), js2ai(1M), ai_manifest(4), and dc_manifest(4) man pages.

Creating a Custom Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Image explains how to use the Oracle Solaris Distribution Constructor tool to customize your installation image.

Creating and Administering Oracle Solaris 11 Boot Environments describes how to manage multiple boot environments on your Oracle Solaris system, including non-global zones.

Chapter 6, Managing Services (Overview), in Oracle Solaris Administration: Common Tasks describes the Oracle Solaris Service Management Facility (SMF) feature. You can use SMF profiles to configure your system.

Adding and Updating Oracle Solaris 11 Software Packages describes the Oracle Solaris Image Packaging System (IPS) feature, and how to find and install IPS packages. The pkg(5) man page describes the Image Packaging System in more detail. The pkg(1) man page provides more detail about how to find, install, update, and verify IPS packages.

Copying and Creating Oracle Solaris 11 Package Repositories describes how to create a local copy of an Oracle IPS package repository, or how to create your own custom repository.

See the Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration documentation for more information about how to administer Oracle Solaris 11 systems.

See the DHCP section of the web site for downloads and documentation for the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) DHCP server.

Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 JumpStart to Oracle Solaris 11 Automated Installer provides information to help you migrate from JumpStart to AI, both of which are automated installation features of Oracle Solaris.

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-1 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-2 Shell Prompts

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