Using Solaris and SPARC Networking and Virtualization

Using Solaris 11 Repository and Automated Installer to Build and Deploy Unified Archives


As typically is the case for me, this set of blogs is the result of several customers asking a similar question. This time it is how to automate the installation of Solaris. After I suggest Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c and how it automates this work, they explain to me their reason for doing it manually. Usually it is that they don't have a network connection to the outside world, or they want to do things by hand, not with OEM Ops Center. And the first request on this topic was specific to Unified Archives to replace their use of Solaris 10's Flash Archives.

So here is what I have put together. It is some rework I did in the summer of 2015 for a customer where I specifically focused on deploying Unified Archives, to replace their Solaris 10 Flash Archive setup. I am adding details on the initial installation of Solaris using the Automated Installer. Most if not all of this is in the documentation. This hopefully puts it all together in one place.

My Solaris Repository and Automated Installation server is an x86 system, and the system I am deploying to is SPARC. Some material available shows how this is done on x86, either bare metal or in VirtualBox. I am fortunate to be able to get access to a SPARC system to show that. Plus it shows the interoperability of the two.

Because of the different steps, I break this into several blog entries for both my ease of editing and your ease of reading. Hope that works out for you.

I hope if you are in the situation where you need to build local Solaris 11 Repository and Automated Installation services this makes your work easier.


Revision History

(Other than minor typographical changes)

2016.10.26: Posted

2016.04.15: Created

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