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Customizing Automated Installations With Manifests and Profiles

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Updated: November 2020

Creating and Customizing an AI Manifest

    The following are the general steps to customize an automated installation:

  1. Create the AI manifest with specific configuration definitions.

  2. Associate the manifest with an install service and specify criteria that determine which clients use that manifest.

    For more information about install services, see Working With Install Services in Automatically Installing Oracle Solaris 11.4 Systems

  3. Create customized configuration profiles as needed and define client criteria.

  4. To start the installation, boot the client from the network.

    See Starting Automatic Installation on Clients in Automatically Installing Oracle Solaris 11.4 Systems.

To create and edit manifests, three tools are available.

  • Interactive editor

  • AI manifest wizard

  • Direct editing of the XML file

Use either the interactive editor or the AI manifest wizard if you are not knowledgeable about XML. These tools guide you through each parameter to ensure that all the necessary parameters are configured.

For samples of customized manifests, see Examples of AI Manifests.

Note -  A related method to customize installations is the use of derived manifests as described in Using a Script to Customize an Installation.