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Installation Guide for Oracle Solaris Operating System

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Document Information

Using This Documentation

1.  Getting Started

Supported Oracle Solaris Operating Systems

Oracle Solaris Documentation Collection

Installation Considerations

Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 Installation Programs

Installation Task Overview

2.  Installing Oracle Solaris

Installing Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using Local or Remote Media

Before You Begin

Install Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using Local or Remote Media

Installing Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using a PXE Network Environment

Before You Begin

Install Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using Network PXE Boot

Post Installation Tasks

3.  Getting Server Firmware and Software

Firmware and Software Updates

Firmware and Software Access Options

Available Software Release Packages

Accessing Firmware and Software

Download Firmware and Software Using My Oracle Support

Requesting Physical Media

Installing Updates

Installing Firmware

Installing Hardware Drivers and OS Tools

A.  Supported Installation Methods

Console Outputs

Installation Boot Media

Installation Targets

B.  BIOS Defaults for New Installations

Verification of BIOS Factory Defaults

Before You Begin

View or Edit BIOS Settings for New Installations

C.  Supported Operating Systems

Supported Operating Systems


Installing Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using a PXE Network Environment

The following procedure describes how to boot the Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 Operating System installation from a PXE network environment. It assumes that you are booting the installation media from one of the following sources:

Before You Begin

The following requirements must be met prior to starting the Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 PXE installation:

After completing the following procedure, you should review and perform the required post installation tasks described later in this chapter. For more details, see Post Installation Tasks.

Install Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 OS Using Network PXE Boot

  1. Ensure that the PXE network environment is properly set up and the Oracle Solaris installation media is available for PXE boot.

    For details, see Before You Begin.

  2. Reset the power on the server.

    Note - The following steps use Oracle ILOM 3.1 command syntax. If you are using Oracle ILOM 3.0, refer to the Oracle ILOM 3.0 Documentation Collection at

    For example:

    • From the Oracle ILOM web interface, select Host Management > Power Control in the navigation tree. Then, select Reset from the Select Action list box and click Save.
    • From the local server, press the Power button (approximately 1 second) on the front panel of the server to turn the server off, then press the Power button again to power on the server.
    • From the Oracle ILOM CLI on the server SP, type: reset /System

    The BIOS screen appears.

    image:Graphic showing BIOS Boot Screen.

    Note - The next events occur very quickly; therefore, focused attention is needed for the following steps. Please watch carefully for these messages as they appear on the screen for a brief time.

  3. In the BIOS screen, press F8 to specify a temporary boot device.

    The Please Select Boot Device menu appears.

  4. In the Boot Device menu, select the appropriate PXE boot port, and then press Enter.

    The PXE boot port is the physical network port configured to communicate with your network install server.

    The GRUB menu appears. The sample screen that follows reflects the Oracle Solaris 11 PXE GRUB menu during an Automated Installer installation. The GRUB menu on your system will be different if you are installing Oracle Solaris 10.

    GNU GRUB version .97 (639K lower / 2078660K upper memory)
    Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Text Installer and command line
    Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Automated Install
  5. In the GRUB menu, use the up and down arrow keys to select an automated installation.

    Note - The default GRUB menu entry, Text Installer and command line, boots the image without starting a hands free installation. Refer to the Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 documentation for further information about this option.

    For example:

    • For Oracle Solaris 11, select Oracle Solaris 11 Automated Install and press Enter.
    • For Oracle Solaris 10, select Solaris_10 os and press Enter.

      The system loads the Solaris disk image into memory. This process can take several minutes. When it completes, the Install Type menu appears.

      From the Install Type menu, use the up and down arrow keys to select the type of interface that you want to use to perform the installation, and press Enter.

      Note - In the GRUB menu, if you want to redirect the install output to a serial console, press ā€œeā€ to edit the GRUB menu. To support a serial console, append ,console = ttya to the boot flags on the kernel line.

  6. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the Oracle Solaris installation and, if necessary, refer to the Oracle Solaris documentation for additional details.

    After the installation completes, the system will automatically reboot (if you previously selected this option during the configuration procedure) and will display the Oracle Solaris login prompt.

    Note - If you did not configure the system to automatically reboot when the installation completes, you must manually reboot the system.

  7. Proceed to the section Post Installation Tasks to perform the post Solaris installation tasks.