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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Automated Installer Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Automated Installer Overview

2.  Setting Up an AI Install Server

AI Server Setup Task Map

Install Server Requirements

AI Server Hardware Requirements

AI Server Software Requirements

Set Up the Install Image and Install Service

Identify Space for Your AI Image Files

Install the AI Installation Tools

Set Up an AI Boot Image

How to Set Up an AI Boot Image

Create an AI Install Service

Create an Install Service Without DHCP Setup

Create an Install Service Including Oracle Solaris DHCP Setup

Review the Default Installation Instructions

Manage an Install Server

Add or Delete an Install Service

Enable or Disable an Install Service

Associate Clients With Install Services

Add a Client To an Install Service

Delete a Client From an Install Service

Associate Client-Specific Installation Instructions With Install Services

Add an AI Manifest

Modify Criteria for an Installation Instructions Manifest

Delete an Installation Instructions Manifest

Show Information About Install Services

List All Install Services on the Install Server

Show Information for a Specified Install Service

List Clients Associated With Install Services

List Clients Associated With a Specific Install Service

Show Information About Customized Installations

List All Manifests

List Manifests Associated With a Specified Install Service

Administering the AI SMF Service

3.  Customizing Installations

4.  Specifying Installation Instructions

5.  Configuring the Client System

6.  Setting Up DHCP for AI

7.  Installing Client Systems

8.  Automated Installations That Boot From Media

A.  Troubleshooting Automated Installations

B.  Automated Installer Installation Administration Commands

C.  Migrating From JumpStart to Automated Installer

Install Server Requirements

Any system that meets these requirements can be used as an AI server, including laptops, desktops, virtual machines, and enterprise servers. The AI server can be either an x86 machine or a SPARC machine. An x86 install server can install both SPARC and x86 clients, and a SPARC install server can install both SPARC and x86 clients.

AI Server Hardware Requirements

If you need to install or update the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release on your AI install server, check the installation documentation for memory and disk space requirements.


The minimum requirement to operate as an AI install server is 1 GB of memory.

Disk space

After the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release is installed on your AI install server, you need approximately 0.75 GB additional disk space for each AI install service that you plan to create. You need a separate install service for each different client architecture and each different version of the operating system that you plan to install. See Set Up the Install Image and Install Service.

AI Server Software Requirements

Operating system

Install the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release on the AI server. To install the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release on the AI server, see Getting Started With Oracle Solaris 11 Express or Chapter 8, Automated Installations That Boot From Media.

Static IP address

Configure the AI server to use a static IP address. See How to Configure an IP Interface in System Administration Guide: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization.

Default router

Ensure that your AI server has a default route set by using the netstat(1M) command to show network status. If your AI server does not have a default route set, you can set a static default route by populating the /etc/defaultrouter(4) file with the IP address of a static default route for your server's network.


Set up DHCP. The AI server can also be the DHCP server. Alternatively, you can use a DHCP server that is already set up in this network. You need different DHCP configurations for each client architecture. Create an Install Service Including Oracle Solaris DHCP Setup and Chapter 6, Setting Up DHCP for AI provide information about setting up and configuring DHCP for AI.