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Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Planning for Installation and Upgrade     Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Information Library
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Part I Overall Planning of an Oracle Solaris Installation or Upgrade

1.  Where to Find Oracle Solaris Installation Planning Information

2.  Oracle Solaris Installation and Upgrade Roadmap

3.  System Requirements, Guidelines, and Upgrade Information

4.  Gathering Information Before an Installation or Upgrade

Checklist for Installation

Checklist for Upgrading

Part II Understanding Installations Related to ZFS, Booting, Oracle Solaris Zones, and RAID-1 Volumes

5.  ZFS Root File System Installation Planning

6.  SPARC and x86 Based Booting (Overview and Planning)

7.  Upgrading When Oracle Solaris Zones Are Installed on a System

8.  Creating RAID-1 Volumes (Mirrors) During Installation (Overview)

9.  Creating RAID-1 Volumes (Mirrors) During Installation (Planning)



Checklist for Upgrading

Use the following checklist to gather the information that you need to upgrade the Oracle Solaris OS. You do not need to gather all of the information that is requested on the checklist. You only need to collect the information that applies to your system. If you are performing the upgrade over the network, the installation program provides the information for you, based on the current system configuration.

You cannot change basic system identification, such as host name or IP address. The installation program might prompt you for basic system identification, but you must enter the original values. If you use the Oracle Solaris installation program to upgrade, the upgrade fails if you attempt to change any of the values.

Table 4-2 Upgrade Checklist

Information for Upgrade
Description or Example
Answer – Defaults are noted with an asterisk (*)
Network connection
Is the system connected to a network?
Auto Registration
Do you want to provide your support credentials and proxy information for Auto Registration with Oracle?
My Oracle Support user name and password

Proxy server host name and port number

HTTP proxy user name and password

Can the system use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to configure its network interfaces?

DHCP provides the network parameters that are necessary for installation.

If you are not using DHCP, note the network address
IP Address
If you are not using DHCP, supply the IP address for the system.


To find this information on a running system, type the following command.

# ypmatch host-name hosts
If you are not using DHCP, is the system part of a subnet?

If yes, what is the netmask of the subnet?


To find this information on a running system, type the following command.

# more /etc/netmasks
Do you want to enable IPv6 on this machine?

IPv6 is a part of the TCP/IP Internet protocol that facilitates IP addressing by adding better security and increasing Internet addresses.

Host name
Host name that you choose for the system.

To find this information on a running system, type the following command.

# uname -n
Do you want to configure Kerberos security on this machine?

If yes, gather this information:

Default Realm:
Administration Server:
First KDC:
(Optional) Additional KDCs:
The Kerberos service is a client-server architecture that provides secure transactions over networks.
If the system uses a naming service, provide the described information
Naming service
Which naming service should this system use?

To find this information on a running system, type the following command.

# cat /etc/nsswitch.conf

A naming service stores information in a central place, which enables users, machines, and applications to communicate across the network. Examples of information that is stored are host names and addresses or user names and passwords.

Domain name
Provide the name of the domain in which the system resides.

During installation, you can choose the default NFSv4 domain name or specify a custom NFSv4 domain name.

NIS+ and NIS
Do you want to specify a name server or let the installation program find one?

If you want to specify a name server, provide the following information.

Specify one/Find one*
Server's host name:
  • For NIS clients, type the following command to display the server's host name.
    # ypwhich
  • For NIS+ clients, type the following command to display the server's host name.

    # nisping
Server's IP Address:
  • For NIS clients, type the following command to display the server's IP address.
    # ypmatch nameserver-name hosts
  • For NIS+ clients, type the following command to display the server's IP address.

    # nismatch nameserver-name 

Network Information Service (NIS) makes network administration more manageable by providing centralized control over a variety of network information, such as machine names and addresses.

Provide IP addresses for the DNS server. You must provide at least one IP address and can provide up to three addresses.
Server's IP Address:
To display the server's IP address, type the following command.
# getent hosts dns
You can provide a list of domains to search when a DNS query is made.
List of domains to be searched:
The domain name system (DNS) is the naming service that the Internet provides for TCP/IP networks. DNS provides host names to the IP address service. DNS simplifies communication by using machine names instead of numerical IP addresses. DNS also serves as a database for mail administration.
Provide the following information about your LDAP profile.
Profile Name:
Profile Server:
If you specify a proxy credential level in your LDAP profile, gather this information.
Proxy-bind distinguished name:
Proxy-bind password:
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) defines a relatively simple protocol for updating and searching directories that are running over TCP/IP.
Default route
Do you want to specify a default route IP address or let the Oracle Solaris installation program find one?

The default route provides a bridge that forwards traffic between two physical networks. An IP address is a unique number that identifies each host on a network.

You have the following choices:

  • You can specify the IP address. An /etc/defaultrouter file is created with the specified IP address. When the system is rebooted, the specified IP address becomes the default route.

  • You can let the Oracle Solaris installation program detect an IP address. However, the system must be on a subnet that has a router that advertises itself by using the ICMP router discovery protocol. If you are using the command-line interface, the software detects an IP address when the system is booted.

  • You can choose None if you do not have a router or do not want the software to detect an IP address at this time. The software automatically tries to detect an IP address on reboot.

Detect one*/Specify one/None
Time zone
How do you want to specify your default time zone?
Geographic region*

Offset from GMT

Time zone file

Root password
Provide the root password for the system.
Default or custom installation
Do you want to perform a default installation, or customize the installation?
  • Select Default Installation to format the entire hard disk and install a preselected set of software.

  • Select Custom Installation to modify the hard disk layout and select the software that you want to install.

Note - The text installer does not prompt you to select a Default or Custom Installation. To perform a default installation, accept the default values that are provided in the text installer. To perform a custom installation, edit the values in the text installer screens.

Default installation*/Custom installation
This feature is new in the following releases:
  • For SPARC: Solaris 10 10/06

  • For x86: Solaris 10 8/07

If the keyboard is self-identifying, the keyboard language and layout automatically configures during installation. If the keyboard is not self-identifying, the sysidkdb tool provides a list of supported keyboard layouts during installation so that you can select a layout for keyboard configuration.

SPARC: Previously the installation program assumed a self-identifying value of 1 for USB keyboards during the installation. Therefore, all of the keyboards that were not self-identifying always configured for a U.S. English keyboard layout during installation.

For further information, see Preconfiguring With the sysidcfg File in Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.

For which geographic regions do you want to install support?

Note - The locale can be preconfigured by NIS or NIS+. For more information, see sysidcfg File Keywords in Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations.

SPARC: Power Management (only available on SPARC systems that support Power Management)
Do you want to use Power Management?

Note - If your system has Energy Star version 3 or later, you are not prompted for this information.

Automatic reboot or CD/DVD ejection
Reboot automatically after software installation?

Eject CD/DVD automatically after software installation?



Disk space reallocation
Do you want the installation program to automatically re-layout the systems on your disks?

If yes, which file system should be used for auto-layout?

Example: /, /opt, /var

If no, you must provide information for the system configuration.

If you are installing through a tip line, follow these instructions
Ensure that your window display is at least 80 columns wide and 24 rows long. For more information, see the tip(1) man page.

To determine the current dimensions of your tip window, use the stty command. For more information, see the stty(1) man page.

Check your Ethernet connection
If the system is part of a network, verify that an Ethernet connector or similar network adapter is connected to your system.
Live Upgrade use
Check the system for the existence of Prestoserve software
If you begin the upgrade process by shutting down the system with the init 0 command and you're using Prestoserve software, you might lose data. Refer to the Prestoserve documentation for shutdown instructions.
Check for patches needed
The most recent patch list is provided at
Review the planning chapter and other relevant documentation