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Installation of Solaris 11 on Intel

One of the most robust, stable and high performance operating system on the market today is Oracle Solaris, here I will detail the installation of Oracle Solaris 11 (11.3) on Intel using processors x86 (64 bits). This installation is for developing or testing purposes, do not consider this guide for production environment. If you want to test an application or you are just curious about how this operating system works, this guide is for you. For a complete reference on the installation of Oracle Solaris 11, please check the documentation.

This installation is done using a virtual machine. To perform the installation, we need to download the Oracle VM VirtualBox software and the Solaris installer from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud site. For this article, I configured a virtual machine with: 4 vCPU, 8 MBytes of memory and 20 GBytes of disk space.

Once your virtual machine starts up and you have started the boot with the iso file of the installer, let's begin:

Start of GNU GRUB

Select the first option in the list. Oracle Solaris 11.3


Mount disk image

The system mounts the disk image and checks the operation of the computer devices.


Keyboard for installation

A menu is shown to select the keyboard that we are going to use for the installation.


Language for installation

Select the language for the installation.


Device configuration

Then the devices are configured and the installer sets the hostname with "solaris".


Let's begin

As this installer is Live Image, we can start working on the operating system without installing it on the local hard drive of the virtual machine. On the desktop there is an icon that says: "Install Oracle Solaris", double-click on it.


Start the installation on the hard disk

The system shows a wizard-style window for a step-by-step installation. The first task show us a welcome screen and it recommends to read the notes of this version. Click on the Next button.


Disk detection

The next step is to detect the disks that we have in our computer, select the option "Local Disks". Click on the Next button.


Disk selection

Since I just have a local disk, it appears with a default partition. Click on the Next button.


Choose Time Zone

For the next task, a world map appears to set the time zone.



This screen indicates the user that will be created for the operating system. You have to type your name, username, password, re-type your password and a hostname. Click on the Next button.



On this screen you can type your "My Oracle Suppport" account and information on the configuration of the network interface. Click on the Next button.


Installation Summary

On this screen we see a summary of all the information we provide for the installation. Click on the Next button.



And here the system starts the installation process showing a horizontal bar, indicating the percentage of this task for being completed.


Finish (continued)

After several minutes, the progress bar indicates 100% completed installation.


Finish (continued)

The installation process completion screen is displayed.



A Splash-type screen appears, with an indicator that the operating system is rebooting.


Login Screen

A screen appears where we must enter the username and password that we indicated during the configuration for the installation.


and ready!!!

The desktop appears with the logged session to work. So, the installation process is very simple.