Chapter 3 Performing a Network Installation of Oracle VM Server

This chapter covers different automated installation techniques for installing Oracle VM Server.

It is important to understand that in the case of Oracle VM Server on x86 hardware, an installation is equivalent to a full operating system installation and that the ISO image file provided is a bootable image. On SPARC hardware, the hypervisor is built into the firmware and Oracle Solaris 11.3 includes its own logical domain manager. Installation of Oracle VM Server on SPARC hardware involves installing the Oracle VM Agent for SPARC that allows Oracle VM Manager to interface with the Logical Domains Manager. In this case, an installation of Oracle VM Server for SPARC involves installing additional packages and configuring the environment for Oracle VM.

For deployments of a large number of x86 Oracle VM Servers, network installation using PXE boot may be preferred to using a bootable physical media such as DVD-ROM. For deployments of a large number of SPARC Oracle VM Servers, network installation using Solaris Auto-Install (AI) may be preferred.

Installations of Oracle VM Server for x86 hardware can be largely automated by taking advantage of a kickstart configuration file that guides the Anaconda-based install wizard through each of the installation options available. Installations of Oracle VM Server for SPARC hardware can be largely automated by taking advantage of the AI manifest to automatically configure the system.

This chapter provides you with the information required for each of these installation techniques. Commands are provided for both x86 and SPARC environments where relevant.