Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Solaris 11 Automated Install with no network (Standalone)

After my last blog entry about Solaris 11 Automated Install without a network boot I was thinking that we have all the building blocks to do a true standaone install of Solaris 11 without any network connection at all.

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.
  1. Download the above iso for x86:
    • sol-11-1111-ai-x86.iso
    • sol-11-1111-repo-full.iso

  2. Create a new VirtualBox Solaris client
    • it needs to be on the network (download manifest file)
    • Storage we will add both ISO files as CD

  3. Create a manifest file for the installation and place it on a web server:
    • There is only one change required from the default manifest (download version default.xml):

                   <publisher name="solaris">
                           <origin name=""/>

      Change to:

                   <publisher name="solaris">
                           <origin name="file:///media/SOL11REPO_FULL/repo"/>

  4. Now boot you client:
    • 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!


Dave Miner said...

What was the process you used to try to combine the repo onto the stick with the boot image? I would expect that to be possible, though I haven't done it. Happy to help work it out, though.

Andrew Watkins said...

I got it working in the end. I am not sure what has changed, but I have managed to create an ISO and boot off it via VirtualBox. I will try USB stick next.

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