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Part 2. Oracle Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) installation with Text Install

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Firstly, we have to download Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) from Oracle Technology Network (all required software components are presented in part 0 of this series). There are several options available. From the most friendly Live Media, where we can boot Solaris to the graphical desktop environment (Gnome), try it out on our target machine and decide if we want to install the system with nice, modern graphical installer, through ready to be used virtual machines (no fun in our case), to the option we will use in our scenario, so called: Text Install. In my opinion the most classic way of Solaris installation and it will provide the best experience for us. Let’s download this version now.


We assume that the target virtual machine has been already created in VirtualBox with minimal parameters presented in part 1 article of this series. Then, we can start virtual machine and mount Solaris 11.1 (x86/64-bit) Text Install CD-ROM image as our virtual CD-ROM in VirtualBox. Soon, the installation process will start. We will now present screenshots taken from every screen of Solaris 11.1 text installer. All values were specific to my case and should be modified to fulfill individual requirements.

I can only point out once again, that – as I mentioned before in part 1 – the virtual disk drive for Solaris 11.1 installation with Oracle DB 11gR2 on top of it should be at least 30 GB. Please note, that at the current stage, the target virtual disk drive capacity was set by me to 20 GB (we will see this size on dedicated screenshot) – of course, it was even too much for Solaris 11.1, but during the installation of Oracle DB 11gR2 I had to use Clone VDI to extend its capacity up to 30 GB. So, if someone want to skip the virtual hard drive expansion task with Clone VDI tool, then it’s a very good idea to set the appropriate size during virtual machine creation (30 GB or more means no issues).


Booting Oracle Solaris 11.1
Keyboard and language settings
Welcome to Oracle Solaris
Discovery Selection
GPT Partitions
Network #1
Network #2
Network #3
Manually Configure: net0
DNS Name Service
DNS Server Addresses
DNS Search List
Alternate Name Service
Time Zone: Regions
Time Zone: Locations
Time Zone
Date and Time
Support - Registration
Support - Network Configuration
Installation Summary
Installing Oracle Solaris #1
Installing Oracle Solaris #2
Installing Oracle Solaris #3
Installation Complete
Installation Log

After installation is completed, we can reboot (F8 on Installation Complete screen) and we will see GNU GRUB... We can boot from our hard disk and login to Oracle Solaris 11.1 for the first time (remember to have installation CD-ROM unmounted).

GNU GRUB - Oracle Solaris 11.1 first boot
Booting Oracle Solaris 11.1
Oracle Solaris 11.1 - first login


That's all for now. We finished the very basic installation. Now we will install Gnome - yes, we need graphical desktop environment to install Oracle Database 11gR2 in a friendly manner, 100% locally.



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