Preparing a Boot Environment for Installing Multiple Operating Systems
If you are installing Oracle Solaris as part of a multiple boot
environment, review the following specifications for various operating systems.
Table 2-1 Multiple Operating System Environments
sufficient disk space for installing the Oracle Solaris release. In this release, Oracle
Solaris for the x86 platform uses the new version of the GRand Unified
Bootloader (GRUB 2). Oracle Solaris recognizes Windows and ensures that Windows partitions remain
unchanged during an installation. When the installation completes, and the system reboots, the
GRUB 2 menu displays both the Windows and the Oracle Solaris boot entries.
more information about GRUB 2, see Introducing GRUB 2 in Booting and Shutting Down Oracle Solaris 11.1 Systems.
Solaris 10 OS
The Live Media installer
on the cannot be used to install multiple instances of the Oracle Solaris
operating system. The text installer, however, supports multiple instances of the Oracle Solaris
operating system on the same partition, as long as the instances are on
different slices. The Live Media and text installers can be used to replace
the Solaris 10 1/06 and later releases on an existing system that has
multiple instances of Oracle Solaris installed.
Note - If you need to preserve a specific
Solaris Volume Table of Contents (VTOC) slice in your current operating system, use
the text installer.
If you have another operating system on an extended
partition, the existing extended partition does not need to be changed during an
installation. You can create, resize, or delete an extended partition when you install
Oracle Solaris by using either the Live Media GUI installer, the text installer, or
the Automated Installer. You can also choose to install Oracle Solaris on a
logical partition within an extended partition.