Go to main content

Oracle® X4 Series Servers Administration Guide

Exit Print View

Updated: April 2016

Install an Operating System (Oracle System Assistant)

image:Icon for Oracle System Assistant

Oracle System Assistant is the preferred method of installing an operating system and drivers, as it provides a complete suite of tools for preparing the system, installing the operating system, and updating the drivers.

Note -  Oracle System Assistant Operating System installation task is available only for supported versions of Solaris, Windows, and Linux operating systems, and Oracle VM software. For Windows, only the Full Installation options are supported. (The Server Core Installation options are not supported). For more information about installing a supported operating system, refer to the operating system-specific installation guide for your server.

Use this procedure to install a supported operating system on the server using Oracle System Assistant.


Caution  -  Before you install Oracle Solaris 11.3, you might have to update your firmware. See your platform product notes for details.

Note -  This section provides the basic steps required to install an operating system. However all operating systems have their own unique variations. See your operating system installation guide for details.

Before You Begin

Obtain the operating system media or image.

Complete the preparations in Preparing to Install an Operating System.

  1. Click the Install OS task button.

    The Install Operating System screen appears.

  2. From the Supported OS drop-down list, select the operating system to install.

    The list contains only the supported operating systems that can use the Install OS task.

  3. In the Select the desired BIOS mode for booting operating system portion of the screen, select UEFI or Legacy BIOS mode.

    The choice of BIOS modes is available only if the target operating system supports booting in UEFI mode.

    See Legacy BIOS Boot Mode and UEFI Boot Mode.

  4. In the Select your install media location portion of the screen, select the location of your operating system installation media.

    Options are Physical CD/DVD, Virtual ISO images, or Network Location. Network Location is available for installing Linux operating systems using Oracle System Assistant 1.2 or newer.

    If you launched Oracle System Assistant locally and you want to install an operating system from a network location, ensure that you have configured the network settings as described in Configure Network Interface Settings (Oracle System Assistant).

    Note -  If you select Network Location, use lowercase letters for the http or ftp portion of the URL. For more information see Oracle System Assistant Known Issues.

    Click the Refresh button to update the list of devices.

    Tip  -  If you are installing the operating system remotely using Oracle Remote System Console, choose Devices on the KVM menu and then click CD-ROM Image to get the remote CD-ROM to appear. Then on the Oracle System Assistant screen, click Refesh and select the CD/DVD location.
  5. In the Select the boot disk portion of the screen, select the boot device from the Boot disk drop-down list.

    This is the device on which you install the operating system.

    • If you select a Linux distribution, the Select the boot disk portion of the screen appears.

    • If you select a Windows distribution, the Select the boot disk portion of the screen does not appear.

    Oracle System Assistant prepares the selected disk with the preinstallation environment and the components required to install the operating system.


    Caution  -  Data loss: The operating system installation erases the contents of the disk.

  6. To confirm your selection of the boot device, click Yes.
  7. Click View Installation Options.

    The Operating System Installation Details dialog box displays the operating system and driver software components.

    Deselect any components you do not want to install. For most operating systems, all components listed are required.

  8. To exit the dialog box, click Close.

    The Install Operating System screen appears.

  9. Click the Install OS button.
  10. Respond to the prompts until the process finishes.

    After the installation is complete, the server boots.

See Also