Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)


This book provides planning information and instructions for creating SolarisTM Flash archives and using Solaris Flash archives to install the Solaris Operating System (OS) on multiple systems.

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

Note –

This Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC® and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC®, SPARC64, AMD64, Pentium, and Xeon EM64T. The supported systems appear in the Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List at 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 Solaris 10 Hardware Compatibility List.

Who Should Use This Book

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

Related Books

Table P–1 lists related information that you might need when you install the Solaris software.

Table P–1 Related Information



Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Basic Installations

Describes a basic OS installation with a graphical user interface (GUI). 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations

Describes how to perform a remote Solaris installation over a local area network or a wide area network. 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Custom JumpStart and Advanced Installations

Describes how to create the files and directories necessary to perform an unattended custom JumpStartTM installation. This book also describes how to create RAID-1 volumes.

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning

Provides planning information when using CD or DVD media to upgrade a system to the Solaris operating system. This book also describes how to use Solaris Live Upgrade to create and upgrade new boot environments. 

Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)

Provides instructions for creating Solaris Flash archives and using Solaris Flash archives to install the Solaris OS on multiple systems. 

Chapter 24, Backing Up and Restoring File Systems (Overview), in System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

Describes how to back up system files and other system administration tasks. 

Solaris Release Notes

Describes any bugs, known problems, software that is being discontinued, and patches that are related to the Solaris release. 

SPARC: Solaris Sun Hardware Platform Guide

Contains information about supported hardware. 

x86: Solaris Hardware Compatibility List

Contains supported hardware information and device configuration. 

Documentation, Support, and Training

The Sun web site provides information about the following additional resources:

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 the default UNIX® system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–3 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser