Sunday Nov 19, 2006

Burning Solaris 10 ISO DVD using a Mac

Things are ramping up till the end of the year.   During the first week of December,  I am giving a Communications Express Boot Camp in Singapore.  This will be the first one in what I hope will be a series of small boot camps to be held around the globe.  Our big Communications Software Summit will be held at the Sun Santa Clara Campus in February 2007.

Part of the setup for teaching a class like this is the time it takes to setup the lab.  In previous classes, I've placed everything on a CD, and then I would hope that everything would go as planned on the install.  More times than not, it wouldn't work out as planned.  This got me thinking of doing this a better way.

On Friday morning, I thought it would be easier to to put my whole lab setup on a laptop.  I had no idea how difficult it would be so, I thought I would just do a test installation.  In my desk, I had a Sun issued Toshiba Tecra M2 which was left over from my pre-Mac days. This laptop had too many issues for me to get into.  The biggest of which was a 3 inch wide swath of dead pixels and a questionable hard drive.  It wasn't likely that Sun would give me a another laptop to do this, so I had to make it work on this one.

My first step was to download the Solaris 10 ISO image.  Many of you non-Sun Folks can do this for free.  You can try the commercial Solaris or the Open Solaris versions. 

A Mac is really handy in .  After I downloaded the ISO image, I placed it on my Mac Desktop.  Then I opened the Finder to start the DiskUtilities application.

Image showing location of the DiskUtilities in the MacOS Finder

Once I got DiskUtilities started, I simply go to the menu and select File -> Open Image. 

Selecting the Solaris 10 ISO image file.

I then just select the ISO Image.. this will mount the ISO image.

Solaris 10 ISO Image is now mounted and ready to Burn.

At this point, just click burn and place a DVD-R into the CD/DVD drive.

At this point, I just take the newly created Solaris 10 x86 DVD and place it into my Toshiba laptop and boot! 

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