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Booting and Shutting Down Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Systems

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Updated: October 2017

x86: How to Boot a System From the Network

Before You Begin

  1. Assume the root role.

    See Using Your Assigned Administrative Rights in Securing Users and Processes in Oracle Solaris 11.3.

  2. Perform a reboot of the system through the BIOS.
    # reboot -p

    On systems that have the Fast Reboot feature enabled by default, the firmware is bypassed during a reboot unless the –p option is specified. Specifying this option enables a standard (slow reboot) of the, so you can access the system's firmware utility to specify a PXE boot and installation. For more information about Fast Reboot, see Accelerating the Reboot Process.

  3. Instruct the BIOS or UEFI firmware to boot from the network.
    • If your system uses a specific keystroke sequence to boot from the network, type that sequence as soon as the BIOS or UEFI firmware screen is displayed.

      For example, press F12 on a system with BIOS firmware to enter the setup utility.

    • If you need to manually modify the firmware settings to boot from the network, type the keystroke sequence to access the firmware setup utility. Then, modify the boot priority to boot from the network.
  4. When the GRUB menu is displayed, select the network installation image that you want to install, the press Return to boot and install that image.

    The system will proceed to boot and install the selected Oracle Solaris installation image from the network. The installation can take several minutes to complete. For information about performing AI installations, see Part 3, Installing Using an Install Server, in Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems.