Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations

Task Map: Installing or Upgrading the Solaris Software

The following task map is an overview of the steps necessary to install or upgrade the Solaris OS when using any installation program. Use this task map to identify all of the decisions that you need to make to complete the most efficient installation for your environment.

Table 2–1 Task Map: Installing or Upgrading the Solaris Software



For Instructions 

Choose initial installation or upgrade. 

Decide if you want to perform an initial installation or an upgrade.  

Initial Installation, or Upgrade?.

Choose an installation program. 

The Solaris OS provides several programs for installation or upgrade. Choose the installation method that is most appropriate for your environment. 

Choosing a Solaris Installation Method.

(Solaris interactive installation program) Choose a default or custom installation. 

Decide which type installation is suitable for your environment: 

  • If you are using a graphical user interface (GUI) you can choose a default or a custom installation:

    • A default installation formats the hard disk and installs a preselected set of software.

    • A custom installation enables you to modify the hard disk layout and select the software that you want to install.

  • If you use a text installer (non-graphical interface), you can select the default values or edit the values to select the software you want to install.

For information on the Solaris installation program's choices, see Chapter 5, Gathering Information Before Installation or Upgrade (Planning)

Review system requirements. Also, plan and allocate disk space and swap space. 

Determine if your system meets the minimum requirements to install or upgrade. Allocate disk space on your system for the components of the Solaris OS that you want to install. Determine the appropriate swap-space layout for your system. 

Chapter 3, Solaris Installation and Upgrade (Planning).

Choose to install a system from local media or from the network. 

Decide on the most appropriate installation media for your environment. 

Installing From the Network or From DVD or CDs?.

Gather information about your system. 

  • For the Solaris installation program, complete the worksheet to collect all of the information that you need to install or upgrade.

  • For the custom JumpStart installation method, decide which profile keywords to use in your profile. Then review the keyword descriptions to find the information about your system that you need.

(Optional) Set system parameters. 

You can preconfigure system information to avoid being prompted for the information during the installation or upgrade. 

Chapter 6, Preconfiguring System Configuration Information (Tasks).

(Optional) Prepare to install the Solaris software from the network. 

If you chose to install the Solaris software from the network, complete the following tasks. 

  • (x86 based systems) Verify that your system supports PXE

  • Create an installation server

  • Create a boot server (if necessary)

  • Configure a DHCP server (if necessary)

  • Set up systems to be installed from the network

To install over a local area network, see Chapter 9, Preparing to Install From the Network With CD Media (Tasks).

To install over a wide area network, see Chapter 13, Preparing to Install With WAN Boot (Tasks).

(Upgrade only) Perform tasks prior to upgrade. 

Back up your system and determine if you can upgrade with disk space reallocation. 


Perform an installation or upgrade. 

Use the Solaris installation method that you chose to install or upgrade the Solaris software. 

The chapter or chapters that provide detailed instructions for the installation programs. 

Troubleshoot installation problems 

Review the troubleshooting information when you encounter problems with your installation. 

Appendix A, Troubleshooting (Tasks).