Each PDomain requires a bootable storage device running the Oracle Solaris OS. Since the server does not contain integrated storage devices like drives or disk arrays, you must configure a storage device for each server PDomain. If you ordered the server with at least one Oracle Flash Accelerator PCIe card per PDomain, the Oracle Solaris OS is preinstalled on the card. If your server PDomain uses an external storage device, you must download the Oracle Solaris installation image and install the OS on the external storage device.
The Oracle Solaris 11 OS installation image downloads are located at:
For instructions on installing the Oracle Solaris OS, refer to the Installing Oracle Solaris 11.3 Systems document, which is part of the Oracle Solaris documentation. Refer to the SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Product Notes for OS and firmware requirements and late-breaking information. Refer to the storage device documentation for further requirements and instructions.
Caution - Always download and use a supported version of the Oracle Solaris OS install image to perform fresh OS installations. You cannot install a previous version of the Oracle Solaris OS and then use the pkg update command to upgrade the OS to the latest version. The installation will fail if you attempt to install an earlier, unsupported version of the Oracle Solaris OS. Refer to the SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Product Notes for the minimum required Oracle Solaris OS version permitted for fresh installations.