Oracle gives us the iso's for "Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Automated Installer" and the full "Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Repository Image" from the Solaris download page, so why do we need a network!
The problem is that the repository is 7GB so testing it is a little difficult and trying to put the above two ISO's onto one 8GB USB is even harder. At this stage I have been unable to put the 7GB repository ISO onto a USB stick. Also, unable to combine the 2 ISO into 1 ISO which works (I end up with repository errors on install)!
But, in theory it will work and to demonstrate the idea I will use VirtualBox and a network for the manifest file (ONLY for manifest file!). You can use my previous blog to replace the AI boot image with a modified one.
- Download the above iso for x86:
- it needs to be on the network (download manifest file)
- Storage we will add both ISO files as CD
- There is only one change required from the default manifest (download version default.xml):
- <publisher name="solaris"> <origin name="http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release"/> </publisher>
- Change to:
- <publisher name="solaris"> <origin name="file:///media/SOL11REPO_FULL/repo"/> </publisher>
- Pick default option Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 Automated Install custom:
- Enter the URL for the modified manifest file:
At this point it should go off and install the software.
The perfect solution which I am happy for someone to try is to place the both AI boot and repository onto one ISO and then use no network, but I have failed so far!