Installing Oracle® Solaris 11.2 Systems

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Updated: July 2014

How to Start a Text Installation Over the Network

If you have set up your system to perform automated installations over the network, you also have the option to boot a client over the network and then starting an interactive text installation. Although you can install only a single system at a time with this option, you have the opportunity to customize each installation by using the interactive selections to modify the installation specifications.

  1. Download an AI client image and create an install service based on that image.

    For instructions, see Creating an Install Service.

  2. Boot the client system over the network.
    • For SPARC clients, type the following command at the OBP prompt:
      # boot net:dhcp
    • For x86 clients, select 1 from the installation menu.
    Welcome to the Oracle Solaris 11.2 installation menu
    1 Install Oracle Solaris
    2 Install Additional Drivers
    3 Shell
    4 Terminal type (currently sun-color)
    5 Reboot
    Please enter a number [1]:
  3. Complete the text installation of the client system.

    For instructions, see How to Perform a Text Installation.

    Note -  The package set installed by the text installer is the solaris-large-server package set. When you use the text installer after booting over the network, a smaller package set, solaris-auto-install, is installed by default.

    This installed system will be very minimal. After booting into the installed system, you should probably install the solaris-large-server package set and, optionally, install a desktop as follows.

    Note that installing, updating, and uninstalling packages require increased privileges. See Installation Privileges in Adding and Updating Software in Oracle Solaris 11.2 for more information.

    # pkg install solaris-desktop
    # pkg install solaris-large-server