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Solaris Express Installation Guide: Solaris Flash Archives (Creation and Installation)
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Installing the Master System

You install the master system with the software configuration that you want other systems to have. You can install clone systems with an initial installation that overwrites all files on the system or with an update that only includes the differences between two images. For an initial installation, use any of the Solaris installation methods to install the Solaris OS on the master system.

If you have previously installed an archive on a clone system, you can update that system with changes by using a differential archive. The changes are made to the original image such as installing patches, or adding and removing packages. The differential archive overwrites only the files specified in the archive. For the procedure that is for updating the original master image and creating a differential archive, see To Create a Solaris Flash Differential Archive With an Updated Master Image.

To Install the Master System for an Initial Installation

  1. Identify the system configuration that you want to install.
  2. With the use of the Solaris installation programs, install the Solaris OS on the master system. For a discussion of the different installation program , refer to Choosing a Solaris Installation Method in Solaris Express Installation Guide: Planning for Installation and Upgrade.
  3. Customize your Solaris installation in any of the following ways:
    • Delete software.

    • Add software.

    • Modify configuration files.

    • Add support for peripheral devices on the clone system.

    You can create custom scripts or use the flarcreate command to create the archive.

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