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OpenSolaris 2008.11 Automated Installer Guide
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System Requirements

The following table contains the requirements to set up an install server that can serve automated installer clients.

Table 1-1 System Requirements



OpenSolaris 2008.11 release

The OpenSolaris 2008.11 release must be installed on your system. For installation instructions, see Getting Started With OpenSolaris 2008.11.

Alternatively, install the OpenSolaris development build 98, or later, from

Note - To use the automated installer, you must have root access on your system.

SUNWinstalladm-tools package

The SUNWinstalladm-tools package, containing the automated installer application, must be installed on your system.

You can use the Package Manager tool to locate and to install the SUNWinstalladm-tools package. For an introduction to the Package Manager, see this screencast.

Alternately, use the following IPS command to install this package:

$ pfexec pkg install SUNWinstalladm-tools

Network access

Your installed system must have network access.

To retrieve packages for the ISO image, the automated installer accesses an IPS repository that is available on the network. You must have network access to the repository that you specify in the installer service's manifest file.

More specifically, an automated installer client installs packages from these IPS repositories. The client must get DNS information and router information from a DHCP server. The server requires DNS as the name server. DNS must be correctly configured. Also, the default router should be set on the server. These requirements enable the installadm tool to set up DHCP correctly.

  • Confirm that /etc/resolv.conf is populated with correct DNS information on the server.

  • Confirm that your name service is DNS by checking /etc/nsswitch.conf. DNS must be specified for hosts and IP nodes.

  • Confirm that the DNS client SMF service, /network/dns/client:default, is enabled.

  • Confirm that the default router is set in the install server.

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