Solaris 8 4/01 What's New

Chapter 3 What's New for Installation

This chapter highlights new installation features in the Solaris 8 Update releases. For further information on these features, see the Solaris 8 Installation Supplement.

Note –

For the most current man pages, use the man command. The Solaris 8 Update release man pages include new feature information not found in the Solaris 8 Reference Manual Collection.

Table 3–1 Solaris 8 Features for Installation


First Released 


The Web Start Flash installation feature enables you to create a single reference installation of the Solaris operating environment on a machine and then replicate that installation on several machines. 


The system identification utilities automatically attempt to determine the default router during installation. 


During system identification, the system identification utilities can configure systems to be LDAP clients. Prior Solaris releases allowed the configuration of a machine only as a NIS, NIS+, or DNS client. 


The SolarisTM Web Start 3.0 installation method was updated to allow you to modify the selected Solaris Software Group by adding or removing software packages.



The Patch Analyzer is now available when you upgrade with the Solaris Web Start 3.0 installation method on the Solaris 8 Installation CD. The Patch Analyzer performs an analysis on your system to determine which (if any) patches will be removed or downgraded by upgrading from the Solaris 8 release to a Solaris 8 Update release.  


Administering and Uninstalling Software 

A new version of the Solaris Product Registry tool has been released. The Solaris Product Registry 3.0 includes these new features: 

  • Ability to uninstall individual system packages.

  • All of the Solaris system products that you installed in their localized version appear in the System Software Localizations folder.

  • Registry is compatible with more installation wizards.


Early Access 

This release includes an Early Access (EA) directory with EA software. For more information, see the README on the Solaris 8 Software 2 of 2 CD.