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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

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)

Booting for Oracle Solaris (Overview)

Booting ZFS Boot Environments (Overview)

x86: GRUB Based Booting (Overview)

x86: GRUB Based Booting (Planning)

x86: Performing a GRUB Based Installation From the Network

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)



Booting for Oracle Solaris (Overview)

Starting with the Solaris 10 10/08 release, the Oracle Solaris SPARC bootstrap process has been redesigned to increase commonality with the Oracle Solaris x86 boot architecture. The improved Oracle Solaris boot architecture brings direct boot, ramdisk-based booting, and the ramdisk miniroot to the SPARC platform. These enabling technologies support the following functions:

Additional improvements include significantly faster boot times, increased flexibility, and reduced maintenance requirements.

As part of this architecture redesign, the Oracle Solaris boot archives and the bootadm command, previously only available on the Oracle Solaris x86 platform, are now an integral part of the Oracle Solaris SPARC boot architecture.

Although the implementation of the Oracle Solaris SPARC boot has changed, no administrative procedures for booting a SPARC-based system have been affected. Oracle Solaris installations now include the ability to install from a ZFS file system, but otherwise have not changed for the new boot architecture.