Installing Oracle® Solaris 11.2 Systems

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Updated: July 2014

Simple Installations

The GUI installer on Live Media and the text installer are simple installation methods.

  • You can use either method to install Oracle Solaris on the x86 platform. You can also use the text installer to install Oracle Solaris on the SPARC platform.

  • Both installers can function with a minimum of memory. See Oracle Solaris 11.2 Release Notes for memory requirements.

  • Both installers enable you to select, create, or modify disk partitions during an installation.

The Live Media contains a set of software that is appropriate for a desktop or laptop. The text installer installs a smaller set of software that is more appropriate for a general-purpose server system.

    The text installer has the following advantages over the GUI installer:

  • Enables you to install the operating system on either SPARC or x86 based systems.

  • Can be used on systems that do not have, or do not require, graphics cards.

  • Can require less memory than the GUI installer depending on your system's specifications.

  • Enables manual configuration of the network and naming services.

  • If the network is set up to perform automated installations, you can perform a text installation over the network by setting up an install service on the network and selecting a text installation when the client system boots.

    Note -  The text installer installs the solaris-large-server package set. However, if you use the text installer over the network, a different, smaller package set, solaris-auto-install, is installed. After booting into the installed system, you should install the solaris-large-server package set.
  • Besides the ability to modify partitions, the text installer enables you to create and modify VTOC slices within the Solaris partition.

For further information about performing a simple installation, see Part II, Installing Using Installation Media.