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Solaris 10 (x86-32) Installation

This article provides a pictorial guide for performing a default installation of Solaris 10 (x86-32). The installation is reasonably straight forward, but it is not as simple and takes significantly longer than most modern Linux installations.

At the time of writing, Oracle Database 10g Release 2 for Solaris (x86-32) is not available!

  1. Boot from the DVD. At the GRUB screen, press the "Enter" key, or wait for the timeout period.


  2. Wait while the Solaris installer boots. This can take quite a long time, so don't panic.


  3. Select the installation type. This installation is based on the default "Solaris Interactive" installation.

    Installation Type

  4. Accept the detected configuration by pressing the "Enter" key, or alter it as appropriate.


    Once the configuration is accepted, the rest of the installation is done from within an "X" session.

  5. Select the appropriate language for the installation.


  6. On the "Welcome" screen, click the "Next >" button.


  7. On the "Network Connectivity" screen, select the "Networked" option and click the "Next >" button.

    Network Connectivity

  8. Select the appropriate DHCP option and click the "Next >" button. In this case I chose not to use DHCP, so the following screens allow are used to set the relevant network information.


  9. Enter the appropriate "Host Name" for the network interface and click the "Next >" button.


  10. Enter the appropriate "IP Address" for the network interface and click the "Next >" button.

    IP Address

  11. Enter the appropriate "Netmask" for the network interface and click the "Next >" button.


  12. Decide whether "IPv6" should be enabled on the network interface and click the "Next >" button.


  13. Decide whether to set a "Default Router" for the network interface and click the "Next >" button. I chose to specify my router manually.

    Default Router

  14. If you chose to set a "Default Router", enter the router "IP Address" and click the "Next >" button.

    Default Router Again

  15. Decide whether to set a "Kerberos" for the network interface and click the "Next >" button.


  16. Specify a "Name Server" to be used with the installation if required.

    Name Service

  17. Specify how the "Timezone" should be configured on the server and click the "Next >" button. I used the "Continent And Country" option.


  18. Select the appropriate time zone and click the "Next >" button.

    Continent And Country

  19. Adjust the date-time settings if necessary and click the "Next >" button.


  20. Enter the root password for the server and click the "Next >" button.

    Root Password

  21. The "Confirm Information" screen allows you to review the information entered so far. If it is correct, click the "Confirm" button.


  22. Click the "Next >" button on the "Welcome" screen.


  23. On the "Installer Options" screen, click the "Next >" button.

    Installer Options

  24. Click the "OK" button on the "Notice" dialog.


  25. Select the type of installation media and click the "Next >" button. In this case I was installing from a DVD.

    Specify Media

  26. Wait while the installation initializes.


  27. Accept the license agreement and click the "Next >" button.


  28. Select the default installation and click the "Next >" button. Alternatively, customize your installation and disk partitions.

    Install Type

  29. At the "Ready to Install" dialog, and click the "Install Now" button.

    Ready To Install

  30. Wait while the installation completes. This took an absolute age, so I ended up leaving it overnight.


    Once the installation is complete the system reboots.

  31. Accept the default NFS configuration.


  32. Log in as the "root" user, using the password you specified during the installation.


  33. Select the desired desktop. I chose the "Java Desktop System" option as it uses a Gnome desktop, which is a little more pleasing to they eye than the Common Desktop Environment (CDE).

    Desktop Selection

  34. Close the welcome spash screen.

    Desktop Startup

  35. You have now completed the installation and have a functional Gnome desktop.


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Hope this helps. Regards Tim...

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