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Part I Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Options

1.  Overview of Installation Options

Part II Installing Using Installation Media

2.  Preparing for the Installation

3.  Using the LiveCD

Installing With the GUI installer

Default Settings With GUI Installer

How to Perform a GUI Installation

What to Do If Your System Boots in Console Mode

How to Install Oracle Solaris From the LiveCD If Your System Boots in Console Mode

Adding Software After LiveCD Installation

4.  Using the Text Installer

5.  Automated Installations That Boot From Media

6.  Unconfiguring or Reconfiguring an Oracle Solaris instance

Part III Installing Using an Install Server

7.  Automated Installation of Multiple Clients

8.  Setting Up an Install Server

9.  Customizing Installations

10.  Provisioning the Client System

11.  Configuring the Client System

12.  Installing and Configuring Zones

13.  Running a Custom Script During First Boot

14.  Setting Up Oracle Configuration Manager For Use By AI Client Systems

15.  Installing Client Systems

16.  Troubleshooting Automated Installations

Installing With the GUI installer

When installing Oracle Solaris 11 software, consider the following information:

Default Settings With GUI Installer

The default network and security settings used by the GUI installer on the LiveCD are as follows:

How to Perform a GUI Installation

  1. Complete any preliminary tasks.
    1. If you do not have the LiveCD, download the LiveCD ISO image.

      To download the Oracle Solaris LiveCD ISO image, go to

      Note - Alternately, if you want to burn the image to a USB flash drive, download a USB image.

      After you download the image, do one of the following:

      • Copy the image to removable media, such as a CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

        Note - For USB images, you need the usbcopy utility, in order to copy the image to a USB flash drive. You can add this utility to your system by installing the pkg:/install/distribution-constructor package.

      • Save the image to your system and then run it in a virtual machine.
    2. Check the requirements and limitations for running the installer on your system:
      1. Verify that your system meets all of the necessary system requirements.

        See System Requirements for LiveCD and Text Installations.

      2. Verify that you have all of the necessary device drivers.

        See Ensuring That You Have the Proper Device Drivers.

    3. Choose one of the following options for installing the Oracle Solaris 11 release:
  2. Insert the installation media and boot the system.

    On the LiveCD, when the GRUB menu is displayed, the default entry is automatically used unless you select another option.

    Note - If your system's graphics card is not supported by the LiveCD, or your system does not have a graphics card, the system boots in console mode when you insert the LiveCD. In this case, you cannot perform a GUI installation. See What to Do If Your System Boots in Console Mode.

    • If you are prompted to log in to the LiveCD, the user name and password are both jack.

    • The root password is solaris.

  3. Make keyboard and language selections or accept the default English options.

    Note - The language and keyboard selections set the defaults for the installer and for the installed system. You can modify the locale on the login panel for the installed system.

  4. Install any missing drivers that are required for installation.

    When you boot the LiveCD, if any drivers are missing, a prompt is displayed. Follow the instructions for accessing the Device Driver Utility to locate and install any drivers that are required for the installation.

  5. On the LiveCD desktop, double-click the Install Oracle Solaris icon to start the GUI installer.
  6. In the Welcome panel, select Next.

    Note - You can review the Release Notes for the current release on this panel.

  7. In the Disk panel, if there are multiple installation targets shown, select an installation target or accept the default. Then, specify whether to install the operating system on the whole disk or on a partition on the disk.

    Optionally, you can modify the partition layout. For instructions, see the Guidelines for Partitioning a System During an Interactive Installation.

    At any point during this phase of the installation, you can revert to the original settings.


    Caution - If the existing partition table cannot be read, the panel displays proposed partitioning. In this instance, all of the data on the disk is destroyed during the installation.

  8. Select the target time zone. Then adjust date and time to match your current local time.

    The installer uses the time zone from the system's internal settings as the initial default, if possible. When you select your location on the map, the installer uses that information to set the date, time and time zone.

  9. Complete the user settings.
    • Type a user name and password.

      To complete the user account setup, a login name and password are required. The login name must begin with a letter and can contain only letters and numbers.

      Note - The user account that you create will have administrative privileges.

      On an installed system, the initial root password defaults to the user account password that you enter here. The first time you use the root password, you will be prompted to change the password.

    • Type a computer name or accept the default. This field cannot be blank.

  10. Review the installation specifications.

    Review the specifications in the Installation Summary panel. If necessary, go back and make any required changes before starting the installation.

  11. Install the system using the specifications you have provided.

    The Oracle Solaris installation process begins.


    Caution - Do not interrupt an installation that is in progress. An incomplete installation can leave a disk in an indeterminate state.

  12. Review the installation logs.

    The Installation Results panel provides access to installation logs that you can review.

  13. (Optional) If you want to cancel anonymous registration of the installed system with Oracle Configuration Manager, perform the following steps to mount the newly-created boot environment and add an “opt-out” file to that boot environment before rebooting the system.


    Caution - By default, the system configuration of the installed system is sent to the Oracle Configuration Manager. This is an anonymous registration with no customer information provided.

    The anonymous registration will be automatic upon reboot after the initial installation, but you may cancel the registration per the following directions after the installation and prior to rebooting the installed system.

    If you do not opt-out at installation time you may still suspend the service at any later time.

    For further information, see Using Oracle Configuration Manager.

    1. Before rebooting the installed system, press Quit to exit the installer.
    2. Open a terminal window.
    3. Assume the root role.

      Note - Prior to rebooting the newly-installed system, the default root password is “solaris,” even if you changed the computer name in the User panel.

    4. Mount the newly-created boot environment as in the following example.
      # beadm mount solaris /a

      The boot environment name prior to rebooting is, by default, “solaris.”

    5. In an editor, create a new file in the mounted boot environment and name the file /a/etc/svc/profile/site/ocm.xml.

      For example, type the following:

      # vi /a/etc/svc/profile/site/ocm.xml
    6. Enter the following contents into the file, save the file, and exit the file.
      <?xml version='1.0'?>
      <!DOCTYPE service_bundle SYSTEM '/usr/share/lib/xml/dtd/service_bundle.dtd.1'>
      <service_bundle type='profile' name='ocm'
         <service name='system/ocm' type='service' version='1'>
            <instance name='default' enabled='false'/>

      This file disables the default SMF service and changes the property to “opt-out” from an anonymous registration.

    7. Unmount the boot environment, as shown in this sample command.
      # beadm unmount solaris
    8. Exit the terminal.

    Note - After the installation and reboot, you can choose to register your system by removing this file then enabling the service as follows:

    # svcadm enable system/ocm

    This command performs an anonymous registration.

    If you wish to associate the system's configuration data with your MOS account, or if your site requires use of a network proxy, you must use the configCCR command. See Using Oracle Configuration Manager.

  14. Reboot the system, or quit the installer and shut down the system.

    After a successful installation, reboot the system or exit the installer and shut down the system.

    Eject the LiveCD as the next system boot begins. Or, select the “Boot from Hard Disk” option in the GRUB menu.

    If the installation fails, you can view the installation log and exit the installer.