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Part I Planning to Install Over the Network

1.  Where to Find Oracle Solaris Installation Planning Information

2.  Preconfiguring System Configuration Information (Tasks)

3.  Preconfiguring With a Naming Service or DHCP

Part II Installing Over a Local Area Network

4.  Installing From the Network (Overview)

5.  Installing From the Network With DVD Media (Tasks)

6.  Installing From the Network With CD Media (Tasks)

7.  Patching the Miniroot Image (Tasks)

8.  Installing Over the Network (Examples)

9.  Installing From the Network (Command Reference)

Part III Installing Over a Wide Area Network

10.  WAN Boot (Overview)

11.  Preparing to Install With WAN Boot (Planning)

12.  Installing With WAN Boot (Tasks)

13.  SPARC: Installing With WAN Boot (Tasks)

14.  SPARC: Installing With WAN Boot (Examples)

15.  WAN Boot (Reference)

Part IV Appendixes

A.  Troubleshooting (Tasks)

B.  Installing or Upgrading Remotely (Tasks)




This book describes how to install the Oracle Solaris operating system remotely over a local area network or a wide area network.

This book does not include instructions about how to set up system hardware or other peripherals.

Note - This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures. The supported systems appear in the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document, these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for system administrators who are responsible for installing the Oracle Solaris software. This book provides advanced Oracle Solaris installation information for enterprise system administrators who manage multiple Oracle Solaris machines in a networked environment.

For basic installation information, see Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Basic Installations.

Related Books

The following table lists related documentation for system administrators.

Table P-1 Are You a System Administrator Who is Installing Oracle Solaris?

Do you need system requirements or high-level planning information? Or want a high-level overview of Oracle Solaris ZFS installations, booting, Oracle Solaris Zones partitioning technology, or creating RAID-1 volumes?
Do you need to install a single system from DVD or CD media? The Oracle Solaris installation program steps you through an installation.
Do you need to upgrade or patch your system with almost no downtime? Save system downtime when upgrading by using Live Upgrade, a feature of Oracle Solaris.
Do you need to install a secure installation over the network or Internet? Use WAN boot to install a remote client. Or, do you need to install over the network from a network installation image? The Oracle Solaris installation program steps you through an installation.
Do you need to install or patch multiple systems quickly? Use Flash Archive, a feature of Oracle Solaris, to create an archive and install a copy of the OS on clone systems.
Do you need to back up your system?
Do you need troubleshooting information, a list of known problems, or a list of patches for this release?
Oracle Solaris Release Notes
Do you need to verify that your system works on Oracle Solaris?
SPARC: Solaris Sun Hardware Platform Guide
Do you need to check on which packages have been added, removed, or changed in this release?
Oracle Solaris Package List
Do you need to verify that your system and devices work with Solaris SPARC and x86 based systems and other third-party vendors.

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-2 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 UNIX system prompts and superuser prompts for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. In command examples, the shell prompt indicates whether the command should be executed by a regular user or a user with privileges.

Table P-3 Shell Prompts

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