Sun Java Enterprise System 2005Q4 Installation Guide for UNIX

How Silent Installation Works

To run a silent installation, you first run a false installation session to create a state file that the actual silent installation process will access. During this false, interactive session, your responses to the installer are captured as a set of name-value pairs in a state file. No software is installed. (Each name-value pair represents a single prompt or field in the installation process.) Using the state file as input, you can then run the installer on many hosts. This process allows you to propagate one configuration across multiple hosts in your enterprise.

The main events in a silent installation are as follows:

  1. Verify that your hosts meet the installation prerequisites as stated in Installation Prerequisites.

  2. Create a state file by running the installer.

  3. Make a copy of the state file and edit it for each host where you will do a silent installation.

  4. Run the silent installation on each host.