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Installing Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Systems

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Updated: April 2019
 
 

Booting an x86 System From AI Media

On an x86 system, choose an automated installation option from the GRUB menu. The GRUB menu selection or boot command that you use specifies whether the installation will use the default manifest on the media or a custom manifest that you have stored on an HTTP server.

Your GRUB menu selections should look similar to the following example:

GNU GRUB version 1.99.5.11.0.175.2.0.0.20.0

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom ttya
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom ttyb
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install ttya
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install ttyb
Boot from Hard Disk

Use the arrow keys to select which entry is highlighted.
Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the
commands before booting, or 'c' for a command-line.

Using the Default AI Manifest to Boot a x86 System From AI Media

To use the default AI manifest that is in the AI boot image, use the arrow keys to choose one of the following options:

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install ttya
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install ttyb

The ttya option sends the screen output during the installation to serial console ttya (COM1). The ttyb option sends the screen output during the installation to serial console ttyb (COM2).

The automated installation proceeds, using the specifications in the default manifest.

Using a Custom AI Manifest to Boot a x86 System From AI Media

To use a custom AI manifest, choose one of the following options:

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom ttya
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install custom ttyb

When you select one of these custom options, the following prompt displays:

Enter the AI manifest location [URL, /filepath, 'default']:

Type the URL to your custom manifest. For example, type http://example.com/custom.xml.

The automated installation proceeds, using the specifications in the custom manifest.

Booting an x86 Image Without Installing

You might want to boot from media but not install, for example, to troubleshoot or to examine a system.

For the GRUB2 entry that you use, if install=true is specified in the line that starts with $multiboot, the installation automatically begins. If you want to boot the x86 system without immediately starting an automated installation, if install=true is specified in the kernel line for the GRUB2 entry that you plan to use, edit the line to remove install=true. When you choose that option, the system boots and a login screen displays but the installation does not begin.