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Part I Oracle Solaris 11.1 Installation Options

1.  Overview of Installation Options

Part II Installing Using Installation Media

2.  Preparing for the Installation

3.  Using Live Media

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.  Installing Client Systems

How a Client Is Installed

SPARC and x86 Client System Requirements

Setting Up an Install Client

Setting Up a SPARC Client

Setting Up an x86 Client

Deleting a Client From a Service

Installing Clients

Using Secure Shell to Remotely Monitor Installations

Monitoring x86 Client Installations

Monitoring SPARC Client Installations

Installing a SPARC Client

Installing an x86 Client

Client Installation Messages

Automated Installation Started Message

Automated Installation Succeeded Message

15.  Troubleshooting Automated Installations

Part IV Performing Related Tasks

A.  Working With Oracle Configuration Manager

B.  Using the Device Driver Utility


SPARC and x86 Client System Requirements

The client systems for automated installation must meet the following requirements. Any system that meets these requirements can be used as an automated install client, including laptops, desktops, virtual machines, and enterprise servers.

SPARC and x86 clients of AI installation over the network must meet the following requirements:


1 GB minimum

Disk space

13 GB minimum

Network access

Client systems must be able to access the following resources during the installation:

  • A DHCP server that provides network configuration information

  • The AI install server

  • An IPS repository that contains the packages to be installed on the client system

SPARC client systems must meet the following additional requirements for AI installation over the network:


The firmware on SPARC clients must be updated to include the current version of the Open Boot PROM (OBP) that contains the latest WAN boot support.

WAN boot

SPARC clients of AI installation over the network must support WAN boot.

To boot over the network, AI requires WAN boot support for SPARC clients. You can check whether your client Open Boot PROM (OBP) supports WAN boot by checking whether network-boot-arguments is a valid variable that can be set in the eeprom.

If the variable network-boot-arguments is displayed, or if the command returns the output network-boot-arguments: data not available, the OBP supports WAN boot and the client can be installed over the network.

# eeprom | grep network-boot-arguments
network-boot-arguments: data not available

If the command results in no output, then WAN Boot is not supported and the client cannot be installed over the network. See Chapter 5, Automated Installations That Boot From Media.

# eeprom | grep network-boot-arguments