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Part I Oracle Solaris 11.1 Installation Options

1.  Overview of Installation Options

Comparing Installation Options

Simple, Preset Installations

Installations Requiring Server Setup

Additional 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

15.  Troubleshooting Automated Installations

Part IV Performing Related Tasks

A.  Working With Oracle Configuration Manager

B.  Using the Device Driver Utility


Comparing Installation Options

The following chart compares the capabilities of the various installation options.

Table 1-1 Installation Options

Installation Option
Minimal Preparations
Requires Server
Install to Single or Multiple Systems
Installs Packages from a Package Repository
No, installs from media
No, installs from media
Yes, retrieves install image from server
Server needed if you want to customize install media, but not needed for installation
Yes, server required
Single or multiple

In addition, you have the option of Creating a Custom Oracle Solaris 11.1 Installation Image, including custom Live Media images, text installer images, and automated installation images.

Simple, Preset Installations

The GUI installer on the Live Media and the text installer are simple, preset installer methods.

The Live Media contains a set of software that is appropriate for a desktop or laptop. The text installer installs a smaller set of software that is more appropriate for a general-purpose server system.

The text installer has the following advantages over the GUI installer:

For further information about performing a simple installation, see Part II, Installing Using Installation Media.

Installations Requiring Server Setup

You can perform a “hands-free” installation of the Oracle Solaris software on single or multiple client systems by using the Automated Installer (AI) feature.

Note - Each system requires network access because the installation process retrieves packages from a networked repository.

To use AI, you must first set up a server on your network. When a client system boots, the system gets installation specifications from the server, retrieves software packages from an Oracle Solaris package repository, and the software is installed on the client system.

AI can perform “hands-free” automatic network installations on both x86 and SPARC based client systems. The install clients can differ in architecture, disk and memory capacity, and other characteristics. The installations can differ in network configuration, packages installed, and other specifications.

For further information, see Part III, Installing Using an Install Server.

Once you have an AI server set up, you have two additional installation options beyond the “hands-free” network installations.