Solaris 11 Express VirtualBox VM

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the release of the Solaris 10 09/10 VirtualBox VM. Yesterday, a VirtualBox image for Solaris 11 Express was released. Here are the quick steps to get it up and running:
  1. Download the Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 VM for Oracle VM VirtualBox.

  2. Extract the archive:
    bleonard@solaris:~/Download$ unzip OracleSolaris11Express2010_11_VM.zip 
    Archive:  OracleSolaris11Express2010_11_VM.zip
      inflating: OracleSolaris11Express2010_11.mf  
      inflating: OracleSolaris11Express2010_11.ovf  
      inflating: OracleSolaris11Express2010_11-disk1.vmdk  
      inflating: README.txt     
  3. Start VirtualBox and select File > Import Appliance. Then select the OracleSolaris11Express2010_11.ovf file that was just extracted.

  4. On the Appliance Import Wizard, feel free to bump the RAM from the default of 1024 MB if you have it to spare. I'm setting mine to 1536 MB:



  5. Click Finish and wait a few minutes while the VM is imported:



  6. Start the OracleSolaris11Express2010_11 Virtual Machine. Unlike the Solaris 10 VM, the Solaris 11 Express VM comes pre-configured, so you're immediately able to start using the system. When prompted, enter the username oracle and the password oracle:






    Note, the VirtualBox Guest Additions are pre-installed:
    oracle@solaris:~$ pkginfo -l SUNWvboxguest
       PKGINST:  SUNWvboxguest
          NAME:  Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions
      CATEGORY:  application
          ARCH:  i386
       VERSION:  4.0.0,REV=r69151.2010.12.22.15.21
       BASEDIR:  /
        VENDOR:  Oracle Corporation
          DESC:  Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions for Solaris guests
        PSTAMP:  vboxguest20101222152102_r69151
      INSTDATE:  Jan 10 2011 11:50
       HOTLINE:  Please contact your local service provider
         EMAIL:  info@virtualbox.org
        STATUS:  completely installed
         FILES:       50 installed pathnames
                       3 linked files
                       4 directories
                      19 executables
                   22011 blocks used (approx)
    Also, the hard disk isn't quite as generous as the 64 GB disk that ships with the Solaris 10 VM. Here we only have 20 GB:
    oracle@solaris:~$ zpool list rpool
    NAME    SIZE  ALLOC   FREE    CAP  DEDUP  HEALTH  ALTROOT
    rpool  19.9G  4.24G  15.6G    21%  1.00x  ONLINE  -
    Finally, it would probably help to know the root password. It's ovsroot.
    oracle@solaris:~$ su 
    Password: ovsroot
    oracle@solaris:~#
    Actually, the user oracle is in the /etc/sudoers file, so you don't really need the root password:
    oracle@solaris:~$ sudo su
    
    We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System
    Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:
    
        #1) Respect the privacy of others.
        #2) Think before you type.
        #3) With great power comes great responsibility.
    
    Password: oracle
    root@solaris:/home/oracle# 

Comments:

Do you know if the required Solaris packages for Oracle 11g are included with the Solaris VM?

Regards,
Ben Prusinski

Posted by Ben Prusinski on February 04, 2011 at 04:30 PM GMT #

Ben, the Oracle 11g binaries are not included in this VM, but we are working on a VM that contains them. Stay tuned.

Posted by W Brian Leonard on February 05, 2011 at 10:49 AM GMT #

Hi, How do you get the network setup in Virtual Box with Sol-11? VMware, auto. set the NAT'ing I guess. Thanks.

Posted by Nitin on February 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM GMT #

Nitin,

The networking is automatic. What do you see when you select System > Preferences > Network?

The default networking is NAT. In the lower right corner of the VirtualBox window, there's a Network Adapters icon. You can select this to verify how your adapter is attached.

/Brian

Posted by W Brian Leonard on February 22, 2011 at 06:34 AM GMT #

Hey,

nice little tutorial ; )
Can you tell me how I change the keyboard Layout into german?

Regards Daniel

Posted by Daniel on April 27, 2011 at 04:34 AM GMT #

Hi Daniel,

Have you looked at System > Preferences > IIIM Input Methods?

/Brian

Posted by W Brian Leonard on April 28, 2011 at 09:13 AM GMT #

Hi Brian
I have solve the problem allready ; )
I wrote the command setxkbmap -layout de into the .bashrc

It is may be not the best solution but it works
; )

Posted by Daniel on April 29, 2011 at 02:39 AM GMT #

Really like these pre-configured VM's, time and effort well spent.

Posted by guest on June 09, 2011 at 10:01 AM GMT #

I loaded the VB image on my network drive and have my Mac attach the network drive but when I added the VM to VB, it goes through the loading sequence and 1/5 of the loading *red line* appears and it restarts. I did now want to import the VM but run it off the network so I could access by other Machines running VB. Thanks in advance

Posted by guest on August 26, 2011 at 11:14 PM GMT #

Can any one tell me whats Administrator's default user name and password for Solaris11_express

Posted by guest on August 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM GMT #

It's included at the bottom of the entry. The root password is 'ovsroot'.

Posted by W Brian Leonard on August 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM GMT #

hi do you know how to open this .ovf files in VMware Workstation.

Posted by guest on September 08, 2011 at 01:00 AM GMT #

"I loaded the VB image on my network drive and have my Mac attach the network drive but when I added the VM to VB, it goes through the loading sequence and 1/5 of the loading *red line* appears and it restarts. I did now want to import the VM but run it off the network so I could access by other Machines running VB. Thanks in advance

Posted by guest on August 27, 2011 at 04:14 AM GMT #"

Anyone know the answer to this? I have the exact same problem.
Thanks

Posted by guest on October 13, 2011 at 07:07 PM GMT #

If your goal is access the VM from other machines on your network, you just need to set the network type from "NAT" to "Bridged". Otherwise, how is your network drive attached? I'm pretty confident and NFS mount would work.

Posted by W Brian Leonard on October 14, 2011 at 07:53 AM GMT #

Brian, The Download link takes us to the 11/11 page where there is no longer a VM image to download.

Posted by guest on November 11, 2011 at 09:46 AM GMT #

i want to download the full solaris 11 version for x86 getting confused which file to download
kindly help

Posted by Abhi on November 26, 2011 at 01:31 AM GMT #

Abhi, let's start with your use case. Do you want to run Solaris on the bare metal or virtualized? In a server environment or on your desktop/laptop?

Posted by W Brian Leonard on November 26, 2011 at 05:03 PM GMT #

I want to run it virtualized but with full features..

Posted by Abhi on November 27, 2011 at 01:42 AM GMT #

I want to run it on a laptop.. virtualised ideally for a server for practice

Posted by Abhi on November 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM GMT #

Then you want to grab the "Oracle Solaris 11 VM for Oracle VM VirtualBox", which you can get from here:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/virtual-machines-1355605.html

Of course, you'll also need VirtualBox, which you can get from http://www.virtualbox.org.

Posted by W Brian Leonard on November 27, 2011 at 03:17 PM GMT #

Hi,
I found this blog after seeing the VMs on Oracle ;)
1) If the link above is correct, it is not referenced properly from the global VMs list:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/index.html
click on "Solaris 11 Admin VM", you come on a Java/Linux VM -> fix the link!

2) As the first comment, I'd like to have a VMs including both Solaris AND Oracle 11g r2. Are you still "working on"?
I see the Oracle 11g Express is only available on Windows and Linux platform, but not Solaris (only from the Standard and up). Is is somehow related?

In my department, we are developing quite a huge simulation tool with Microsoft technologies (.NET 4 with Entity Framework) and currently working with SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 R2.
The productive system should be an Oracle 11g Database on Solaris. I am quite exited to see how easy or difficult the move would be.

Shortly speaking, only for development / test purpose, it would save me quite a lot of time to have a ready-to-use VM with Solaris and Oracle Database system!
The standard DB management tools (SQL Developer and/or Enterprise Manager) would be a nive to have addition ;)

Posted by Eric on February 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM GMT #

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