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Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Installation Guide: Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)     Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 Information Library
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1.  Flash Archive Overview

2.  Flash Archive Planning

Planning Your Flash Archive Installation

Designing an Initial Installation of the Master System

How to Install a Sun4U Flash Archive on a Sun 4V Machine

Customizing the Oracle Solaris Installation on the Master System

Creating Archives for SPARC and x86 Systems

SPARC: Supporting Peripheral Devices Not Found on the Master System

Planning the Creation of a Flash Archive

Planning to Create the Flash Archive for an Initial Installation

Creating Flash Archive With RAID-1 Volumes

Creating an Archive That Contains Large Files

Planning to Create the Flash Archive Differential Archive for an Update

Customizing an Archive's Files and Directories

Customizing an Archive With Scripts

Guidelines for Creating a Custom Script

Flash Archive Sections

When to Create the Archive for an Initial Installation

Where to Store the Flash Archive

Compressing the Archive

Planning the Installation of a Flash Archive

3.  Creating Flash Archives (Tasks)

4.  Installing and Administering Flash Archives (Tasks)

5.  Creating and Using a Disaster Recovery Image

6.  Flash Archive (Reference)



Planning Your Flash Archive Installation

Before you create and install a flash archive, you must make some decisions about how you want to install the Oracle Solaris OS on your systems. The first time that you install a system, you install with a full archive that is an initial installation. After a system has been installed with an archive, the system can be updated with a differential archive. The differential archive installs only the differences between two archives.

Note - Starting with the Solaris 10 10/09 release, you can set up a JumpStart profile to identify a flash archive of a ZFS root pool.

Review the following limitations before creating and installing a flash archive.

Table 2-1 Limitations When Creating and Installing a Flash Archive

When installing the Oracle Solaris OS with a flash archive, the archive and the installation media must contain identical operating system versions.
For example, if the archive is an Oracle Solaris 10 OS and you are using DVD media, then you must use Oracle Solaris 10 DVD media to install the archive. If the operating systems versions do not match, the installation on the target system fails.
A flash archive cannot be properly created when a non-global zone is installed.
The Flash Archive feature is not compatible with the Oracle Solaris Zones partitioning technology. If you create a flash archive, the resulting archive is not installed properly when the archive is deployed under these conditions:
  • The archive is created in a non-global zone

  • The archive is created in a global zone that has non-global zones installed

Starting with the Solaris 10 10/08 release, if you are installing a flash archive from a release before the Solaris 10 10/08 release, the archive fails to install.
If you need to install a flash archive from a previous release, boot from the previous release and install the archive.