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Booting and Shutting Down Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Systems

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Updated: October 2017

x86: Booting a System From the Network

You might need to boot a system from the network for recovery purposes or to install Oracle Solaris. Any system can boot from the network, if a boot server is available. Any x86 based system whose network adapter firmware supports the Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) specification can be used to boot Oracle Solaris. GRUB 2 is the PXE Network Bootstrap Program (NBP) that is then used to load the Oracle Solaris kernel and to proceed with the boot process.

To perform a network boot of an x86 based system to install Oracle Solaris or for recovery purposes, a DHCP server that is configured for PXE clients is required. A boot server that provides tftp service is also required.

The DHCP server supplies the information that the boot client needs to configure its network interface. If you are setting up an AI server, that sstem can also be the DHCP server. Or, you can set up a separate DHCP server. For more information about DHCP, see Working With DHCP in Oracle Solaris 11.3.