This How-to Guide instructs users unfamiliar with Solaris 10 Operating System installation on how to install the Solaris 10 OS on a Sun-supported x86 system (including the family of 32-bit x86 systems as well as 64-bit AMD64 and Intel 64 systems). It is assumed that you are installing Solaris 10 5/09; all features described in this guide may not be available in earlier updates. This step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots, takes users through the installation process in 22 simple steps. Novice users should be able to complete a Solaris 5/09 Operating System installation on a standalone x86 system using the instructions in this guide.
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While this guide is most appropriate for a stand-alone system that doesn't connect to a network or connects to a network with automatic configuration, it can be used to install a system with a fixed IP address if the network configuration information is available.
If problems arise during the installation process that are not discussed in this guide, refer to the Solaris 10 OS Installation Guide: Basic Installations for more information. This guide is part of the Solaris 10 Release and Installation Collection located on the Sun Web site at http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/prod/solaris.10.
The first step before the installation process is to verify that the system to be installed is on the hardware compatibility list located at:
Note: The term "x86" refers to the family of 32-bit x86-compatible architecture and 64-bit AMD64 and Intel 64.
Verify the computer system meets the following requirements.
NOTE: The requirements below are recommended minimums.
For more information on Solaris System requirements, visit http://www.sun.com/solaris/specs.jsp. For a catalog of the more than 5000 Solaris-ready applications and solutions, please visit http://sun.com/bigadmin/apps.
The Solaris 10 5/09 OS release is available via download from the Sun Web site.
See the Solaris 10 Self Help FAQs located at http://www.sun.com/solaris/self_help.jsp for additional guidance, instruction, and tips on downloading the Solaris 10 OS or burning installation CD and DVD media.
If you don't want to substitute your current operating system and instead you want to run Solaris as a guest OS or Virtual Machine, please download and install xVM VirtualBox for free from http://www.virtualbox.org.
The following procedure can be used to install Solaris 10 5/09 on a new or used system.
The next step in the installation process is to select the type of console for the hardware on which the Solaris OS is being installed. Use the arrow keys to select the version of the Solaris OS that matches the hardware configuration. For most x86 systems, use the default selection.
Press the ENTER key and boot the version of operating system selected. The highlighted entry boots in 60 seconds even if a key is not pressed.
Note: Prompts do not appear during the boot process. If a selection is not made, the screen times out and the system automatically boots the Solaris OS.
After the ENTER key is pressed or the counter times out, a series of dots will run on the screen and you will see the basic device configuration message along with a menu with six installation options.
Before this new counter times out, select option 3 to install Solaris 10 5/09 from the beginning using Solaris ZFS as the root file system. You can get more information on ZFS from http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/zfs.jsp.
Note: If you don't want to use ZFS as your root filesystem, you can use option 1. Please refer to the previous version of this "How To Guide."
Once option 3 is selected, you'll see the following screen with some information regarding your hardware. Keep in mind that the hardware information displayed (such as "nge0") may differ from the exact data displayed below and that each step can take up to a couple of minutes to complete:
After a few seconds, you are presented with the keyboard layout configuration in case you don't have a standard keyboard or if you have a localized keyboard. If you have a US keyboard, press the [F2] key; if not, select the right language using the arrow keys to move up or down, make your selection with the [space bar] and then press [F2] to continue.
Immediately, you'll see the following message. Press ENTER to continue.
A series of screens guides you through the Solaris OS configuration process.
Note: The graphical screens require a mouse to be rolled over the window in order to answer questions posed throughout the configuration process.
For more information regarding the Solaris 10 OS, visit http://www.sun.com/solaris.