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Transitioning From Oracle® Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11.3

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Updated: December 2018

Installation Tools and Methods

    The following installation methods are available:

  • x86: GUI installation with the Live Media – You can use the GUI installer to install Oracle Solaris 11 on x86 platforms only. The GUI installer is capable of functioning with a minimum of 1.5 GB of memory. The exact minimum requirement varies, depending on system specifications. See Installing Oracle Solaris by Using Installation Media for details.

  • Interactive text installation (from media or over a network) – You can use the text installer to install Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC and x86 based systems, from media or over a network.

  • Automated installation on single or multiple systems – The Automated Installer (AI) installs Oracle Solaris 11 on a single client system or multiple client systems from an installation server on a network. Similar to JumpStart, AI provides a hands-free installation. You can also perform automated installations that boot from media. See Installing Oracle Solaris by Using AI.

    AI also supports the installation of zones. See Oracle Solaris Zones Features.

  • Customized installation image creation with the Distribution Constructor – The Distribution Constructor tool creates preconfigured installation images. See Creating a Custom Oracle Solaris 11.3 Installation Image.

    The following installation tools and methods are no longer available:

  • Oracle Solaris Flash Archive Installation – You can use the Oracle Solaris Unified Archives feature to perform system cloning and recovery operations. Oracle Solaris Unified Archives are system archives that can contain one or more archived instances of the OS. Each instance is an independently referenced system. See System Recovery and Cloning With the Oracle Solaris Unified Archives Feature.

  • JumpStart feature of Oracle Solaris – AI replaces JumpStart in Oracle Solaris 11. See Installing Oracle Solaris by Using AI.

  • Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade feature – The suite of commands (lu) that are part of the Oracle Solaris Live Upgrade feature are not supported. The Oracle Solaris pkg commands provide similar capability. For additional information about using the beadm command to manage boot environments in Oracle Solaris 11, see Tools for Managing Boot Environments.

See Transitioning to an Oracle Solaris 11 Installation Method.