Installing Solaris 10 on a VM Step by Step

 

My Definitive and Howtos Guide  for installing the Solaris 10 ISO

Before Starting

1- You need first to have a monitor and it’s console cable if you will install in hardware, otherwise VMWare will be more than enough

Start

1- Choose Solaris from shown list

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2- Choose 1 (interactive)

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3-Choose US-English

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4-press Enter to continue

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5-press 0 to choose English

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6-press F2_Continue

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7-press F2_Continue (bla-bla..)

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8-Choose Yes to indicate it’s a Networked system (You will need to provide IP/NM and GW)

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9-Choose to not use DHCP, it’s server MAN!

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10-Choose the Hostname for your machine (better to choose it to be like <hostname>.<Some Domain>. it’s a little bit professional to do so.

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11-Assign IP address for the machine

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12-Assign subnet

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13-Don’t enable IPv6 for now

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14-Choose Specify one to configure the Default Route

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15-Review the networking setting

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16-don’t use Kerberos for now  (it’s protocol used to handle authentication and tokens. I think it’s like RADIUS protocol)

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17-Choose DNS (or you can setup later)

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18-Choose your TZ

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19-Choose the root password or you can leave it blank (of course NOT RECOMMENDED)

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20-Choose Standard

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21-Accept the License (Read itWinking smile )

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22-Choose UFS File system (if you plan to work on Solaris Zones then choose ZFS instead)

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Why UFS:?

-30 years of development/production (that’s huge)

-low resource footprint

-works very naturally with the various GEOM tools

Why ZFS:?

-very dynamic configuration options (aka integrated volume/pool/file system management)

-supports (virtually) infinite snapshots

-data integrity

-Support Solaris Zone

I’d say (and risk angering the *nix demigods) that ZFS is good for file servers while UFS is good for desktop/workstation use.

23-Choose to install Entire Distribution

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-Assign all disk space to solaris

24-choose auto layout (Best option for beginners)

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25-Choose which partitions you want to have in your installation

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26-Customize the disk layout a little

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Note the hard drive name (c1t1d0sx) where x is the slice or the partition of the HDD which is equivalent to sdax in linux

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27-Ok

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28- Review the summary (profile)

 

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29-Wait

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30-Wait more

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30-Finished! ….OH

Tips

1-To allow the remote SSH session using the root user from another PC, you must comment the following line in /etc/default/login

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