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Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide by Dr. Paul Andrew Watters

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Chapter 3. Installing Solaris

This chapter covers the step-by-step installation and selection of basic network configuration parameters, for both Solaris Intel and Solaris SPARC. Solaris has three methods of installation: command-line (text-based), interactive (menu-based), and Web Start (Java-based); I’ll walk you through the latter. In addition, I’ll describe the pre-installation and planning tasks necessary to select the correct networking parameters. You’ll also learn about common errors made when installing Solaris, and strategies for troubleshooting Solaris installations.

Pre-Installation Checklist

Installing a Solaris system is not as easy as ringing up your local computer retailer and ordering a desktop PC running Windows Me (or similar). A Solaris system is not typically used as a desktop PC; instead, installing a Solaris system is more fairly compared to selecting a PC server running Windows 2000, which may be responsible for managing hundreds of users’ files or dozens of different services. In that case, a PC guru would no doubt spend a considerable amount of time investigating various motherboard architectures and CPU types, as well as key hardware peripherals, such as SCSI cards that may manage RAID controllers, and other complex devices.

Whether or not you are installing Solaris SPARC or Intel, selecting the appropriate hardware is an important issue that needs to be resolved before installation commences. In Chapter 8, we discuss methods for sizing storage requirements ...

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