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Installing Oracle® Solaris 11.3 Systems

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Updated: May 2019

Installing an x86 AI Client

    Initiate the x86installation by using one of the following methods to boot from the network:

  • Press the appropriate function key. For example, some systems use F12 to boot from the network

  • Change the boot order in the BIOS.

When the AI client boots, select the network device to boot from.

    The following events occur during AI boot of an x86 client:

  1. The AI client boots and gets an IP address, and the boot file is downloaded from the location provided by the DHCP server.

  2. The boot file is loaded and reads a GRUB menu file.

  3. The user selects the second option, “Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install,” from the GRUB menu.

  4. The boot file gets the boot archive file, and the Oracle Solaris OS is booted using TFTP.

  5. The net image archives, solaris.zlib and solarismisc.zlib, are downloaded using HTTP as provided by the GRUB menu.

  6. The AI manifest and system configuration profiles are downloaded from an AI install service specified from an mDNS lookup or from the GRUB menu entry that was booted.

  7. The AI install program is invoked with the AI manifest to perform the installation.

When the system has successfully PXE booted, the following message is briefly displayed before the GRUB menu is displayed:

Intel(R) Boot Agent PXE Base Code (PXE-2.1 build 0.86)
Copyright(C) 1997-2007, Intel Corporation

CLIENT MAC ADDR 00 14 4F 29 04 12 GUID FF2000008 FFFF FFFF FFFF 7BDA264F1400

The GRUB menu appears with two menu entries. Select the second entry to start an automated installation:

Oracle Solaris 11.3 Text Installer and command line
Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Install

The default menu entry, “Text Installer and command line,” boots the image without starting a hands-free automated installation. Select the second entry in the GRUB menu, “Automated Install,” to initiate an automated installation. If you select the first menu entry, then when the AI client is booted, a menu displays as shown in Starting an Automated Installation from the Command Line. Use this menu to examine or install the system.