The Oracle Solaris OS is installed by selecting a set of packages called a group from a package repository. Different groups supply packages for different uses, such as multipurpose servers, minimally installed or hardened systems, and desktop systems. Packages are signed and their secure transfer can be verified.
When you install the Oracle Solaris OS, choose the media that installs the appropriate group package, as follows:
Oracle Solaris Large Server – Both the default manifest in an Automated Installer (AI) installation and the text installer install the group/system/solaris-large-server group, which provides an Oracle Solaris large server environment.
Oracle Solaris Small Server – The Automated Installer (AI) installation and the text installer optionally install the group/system/solaris-small-server group, which provides a useful command-line environment to which you can add packages.
Oracle Solaris Minimal Server – The Automated Installer (AI) installation and the text installer optionally install the group/system/solaris-minimal-server group, which provides a minimal command-line environment to which you can add just the packages that you want. This group can provide the base for a hardened system.
Oracle Solaris Desktop – The AI can install the group/system/solaris-desktop group. Alternatively, after using the text installer, add the solaris-desktop package to provide an Oracle Solaris 11.4 desktop environment.
To automate installation with the Automated Installer (AI), see Automatically Installing Oracle Solaris 11.4 Systems. You can secure AI installations with certificates and keys for the install server, for specified client systems, for all clients of a specified install service, and for any other AI clients. See Overview of Securing Automated Installations in Automatically Installing Oracle Solaris 11.4 Systems.
To guide your media choice, see the following installation and package content guides: