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Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations
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Part I Planning to Install Over the Network

1.  Where to Find 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)

What Is WAN Boot?

When to Use WAN Boot

How WAN Boot Works (Overview)

Sequence of Events in a WAN Boot Installation

Protecting Data During a WAN Boot Installation

Checking the Integrity of Data With a Hashing Key

Encrypting Data With Encryption Keys

Protecting Data by Using HTTPS

Security Configurations Supported by WAN Boot (Overview)

Secure WAN Boot Installation Configuration

Insecure WAN Boot Installation Configuration

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)



What Is WAN Boot?

The WAN boot installation method enables you to boot and install software over a wide area network (WAN) by using HTTP. By using WAN boot, you can install the Solaris OS on SPARC based systems over a large public network where the network infrastructure might be untrustworthy. You can use WAN boot with security features to protect data confidentiality and installation image integrity.

The WAN boot installation method enables you to transmit an encrypted Solaris Flash archive over a public network to a remote SPARC based client. The WAN boot programs then install the client system by performing a custom JumpStart installation. To protect the integrity of the installation, you can use private keys to authenticate and encrypt data. You can also transmit your installation data and files over a secure HTTP connection by configuring your systems to use digital certificates.

To perform a WAN boot installation, you install a SPARC based system by downloading the following information from a web server over a HTTP or secure HTTP connection.

You then install the archive on the client by using the custom JumpStart installation method.

You can protect the transfer of the previously listed information by using keys and digital certificates.

For a more detailed description of the sequence of events in a WAN boot installation, see How WAN Boot Works (Overview).