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Transitioning From Oracle® Solaris 10 JumpStart to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Automated Installer

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Updated: April 2020

Similarities and Differences Between JumpStart and AI

Both JumpStart and AI provide hands-free installation of multiple systems on a network. Clients are network booted, and once the client is booted, the installer takes over.

JumpStart installs the Oracle Solaris 10 OS and earlier versions of the Oracle Solaris OS. AI installs the Oracle Solaris 11 OS and update releases.

    JumpStart and AI share the following characteristics:

  • Provide hands-free network installation of multiple clients by storing system configurations on an install server

  • Provide for different kinds of installations on different clients in one automated installation

  • Install both x86 and SPARC clients

Table 1  Comparing JumpStart and AI Tasks
Set up an install server.
Use the setup_install_server command.
Use the installadm create-service command.
Add clients to the installation.
Use the add_install_client command.
Use the installadm create-client command.
Create derived profiles
Use a begin script.
Use the derived manifests mechanism.
Specify installation instructions.
Use profile files.
Use AI manifest files.
Provision the client.
Use DVDs.
Use a package repository on the Internet or on a local network.
Specify client customizations.
Use rules files to associate clients with profile files.
Use the create-manifest, create-profile, or set-criteria subcommands of the installadm command to associate clients with AI manifests and system configuration profiles.
Specify client configuration.
Use finish scripts and sysidcfg files.
Use SMF (Oracle Solaris Service Management Facility) system configuration profiles. Use scripts executed by an SMF service that runs once at first boot.