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Solaris Express Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations
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Choosing a Naming Service

You can choose one of the following ways to preconfigure system configuration information. You can add the system configuration information to any of the following.

  • A sysidcfg file on a remote system or diskette


    Note - The name_service option in the sysidcfg file automatically sets the naming service during installation of the Solaris OS. This setting overrides SMF services previously setup for site.xml. Therefore, you might need to reset your name service after installation.


  • The naming service database available at your site

  • If your site uses DHCP, you can also preconfigure some system information in the site DHCP server. For more information about how to use a DHCP server to preconfigure system information, see Preconfiguring System Configuration Information With the DHCP Service (Tasks).

Use the following table to determine whether to use a sysidcfg file or a naming service database to preconfigure system configuration information.

Table 3-1 Methods to Preconfigure System Configuration Information

Preconfigurable System Information

Preconfigurable With the sysidcfg File?

Preconfigurable With the Naming Service?

Naming service

Yes

Yes

Domain name

Yes

No

Name server

Yes

No

Network interface

Yes

No

Host name

Yes

Because this information is system specific, edit the naming service rather than create a different sysidcfg file for each system.

Yes

Internet Protocol (IP) address

Yes

Because this information is system specific, edit the naming service rather than create a different sysidcfg file for each system.

Yes

Netmask

Yes

No

DHCP

Yes

No

IPv6

Yes

No

Default route

Yes

No

Root password

Yes

No

Security policy

Yes

No

Language (locale) in which to display the install program and desktop

Yes

Yes, if NIS or NIS+

No, if DNS or LDAP

Terminal type

Yes

No

Time zone

Yes

Yes

Date and time

Yes

Yes

Web proxy

No

You can configure this information with the Solaris installation program, but not through the sysidcfg file or the naming service.

No

x86: Monitor type

Yes

No

x86: Keyboard language, keyboard layout

Yes

No

x86: Graphics card, color depth, display resolution, screen size

Yes

No

x86: Pointing device, number of buttons, IRQ level

Yes

No

SPARC: Power Management (autoshutdown)

You cannot preconfigure Power Management through the sysidcfg file or the naming service. SPARC: Preconfiguring Power Management Information contains details.

No

No

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