Using UAR for OS Provisioning

You can use UAR when provisioning your operating system. UAR speeds up OS provisioning.

Unified Archive (UAR) is a feature introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.2. It enables you to clone existing systems or install new systems using a UAR image. Starting with Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 3 (, you can use UAR images to create new Oracle Solaris 11 operating systems, control domains, logical domains, and global zones. Provisioning of kernel zones and non-global zones is not supported. You can import UAR images using the local library's Import Image action. To provision a system using a UAR image, the boot archive of the corresponding Oracle Solaris 11 version must be available on the MSR. Once a UAR image has been imported, you can select it as a source using the existing OS provisioning wizard.

If you import a UAR image to a NAS library, OSP jobs using the image might fail if the NFS settings are not correct. Create the file as root user in the mounted library on EC and verify that the file is owned by root user.

Renaming an ISO, FLAR, or UAR image causes plans using the image to fail. If necessary, delete the images and re-import them with a new name.

Perform the following steps to create an OSP profile using UAR to provision your operating system:

  1. In the Navigation pane, select Plan Management, then expand Plans and Profiles.

  2. Select OS Provisioning Profile and click Create Profile in the Actions pane. The Create Profile — OS Provisioning wizard opens.

  3. Enter a name and description for the profile.

  4. In the Subtype field, select the type of system you want to provision. For example, Solaris x86, Solaris SPARC, and so on.

  5. Click Next.

  6. In the OS Image field, select the UAR that corresponds to the system you want to provision.

  7. In the OS Image Version field, select the OS image version.

  8. Click Next.

  9. Retain the default values for the OS setup parameters or edit the language, time zone, and NFS4 Domain values for your environment. Enter the root password and confirm the password. Click Next to specify the user account for Oracle Solaris 11 OS.

  10. Root login is not enabled in Oracle Solaris 11 OS. Create a user account to SSH to the OS after provisioning. Provide a user name and password for the account.

  11. Click Next to specify whether you want to use iSCSI disks for provisioning Oracle VM Server for SPARC.

  12. Do not select the option to use iSCSI disk as this scenario does not involve the use of iSCSI disk for provisioning Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Click Next to specify the file system layout.

  13. Retain the default values for the root (/) and swap file systems. You have the options to change the swap size and add more ZFS file systems.

  14. Click Next to specify the name service.

  15. If you have a naming service in place, select the appropriate one and provide the setup details.

  16. Click Next to view the summary of the parameters selected for the profile.

  17. Review the parameters selected for the profile and click Finish to create the OS provisioning profile.