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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

System Requirements for Live Media and Text Installations

Preparing a Boot Environment for Installing Multiple Operating Systems

Partitioning Your System

Guidelines for Partitioning a System Prior To Installation

Guidelines for Partitioning a System During an Interactive Installation

x86: Setting Up Partitions During an Interactive Installation

Setting Up VTOC Slices During a Text Installation

Ensuring That You Have the Proper Device Drivers

How to Use the Oracle Device Detection Tool

Using Oracle Configuration Manager

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


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

Existing Operating System
Microsoft Windows
Set up 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.

For 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.

Extended partitions
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.