Installation of Solaris 11-Step by step Guide

Many of the Solaris beginners will be wondering that how to install Solaris 11.Here you go with step by step guide.There is no much difference compare to Solaris 10 Using DVD/CD installation method and you need to answer very less questions. Solaris 11 won’t ask you to select the filesystem types like UFS or ZFS since UFS root filesystem will be no longer supported on this version.Since Solaris 11  root filesystem is ZFS,it has great advantage in OS patching using Liveupgrade method.Another important feature over Solaris 10 is that you can have ISCSI disks as root disk.Solaris 11 has  many advantages over Solaris 10 and  will see those in upcoming days.Here i would like share the screen shots of Solaris 11 installation.

You can install Solaris 11 on vmware workstation 9.0 as guest operating system.
Installation kicks of Here.
1.Insert the DVD and power on the system.
2.Once the system is boot up ,just press enter to get the below menu.

Here i have selected keyboard layout as US-English (Standard installation)




3.Select preferred language here.I have selected “English”

4.Here you have option to add additional drivers and modify terminal type.

You can also use this menu for OS recovery using option “3  Shell”.Let me go with option 1 to install Solaris 11.






5.This is a welcome screen which you will get in Solaris 11.
Note:In any window,press F2 to continue and Press F3 to go back to the previous screen.
Any time you can quit the installation by selecting F9.


6.Here you have option to select root disks as ISCSI & Local disks.
I have choosen local disks.






7.If you have multiple local disks,Select the disk to install OS.Here my root disk is c8t10d0.


8.Select “Use the entire disk” option since we are going to use ZFS as root FS.


9. Enter the system’s hostname. My host name is “unixarena-SOL11”.










10.In the above menu,you can select “Manually” option to configure IP address manually.You can use TAB key to navigate in the screen.

11.Here is the window to choose Name service.

 12.You have options to select alternative DNS .






13.Now its time to select your timezone.


14.Timezone continues with location details. 

 15.Set Date & Time now.

16.Time to secure you system by setting complex root password. Here you have option to create a new user as well.
17.If you have oracle support Email_ID /password,Just you enter here to get regular updates from oracle.If you do not have one,do not enter anything just continue.
18.You will get summary screen now.
19.The actual Installation begins here.All the files will copied to the local disks in this step.
20.Once installation has been completed ,press F8 to reboot the system.

21.After system reboot, your system will boot in local hard disk and you will get below console screen.


That’s it .You have completed the Solaris 11 installation. I didn’t get graphical window unlike Solaris 10. There must be some option to  bring up the system into graphical.If we used DVD:sol-11_1-live-x86.iso ,may be we will get graphical screen directly.
You can also use the below method to configure the graphical login .But you need IPS to perform this .
root@UAAIS:~# pkg install slim_install
Linked image publisher check
root@UAAIS:~# svcadm enable gdm
root@UAAIS:~# svcs -a |grep gdm
online         11:39:00 svc:/application/graphical-login/gdm:default
Thank you for reading this article.Please leave a comment if you have any comment.  


  1. i didnt get graphical window after installation