Solaris 11 Express Wiki

nitrobass24

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Benefits
  • Enhanced Availability—Greatly reduces planned downtime by eliminating traditional patching and significantly reduces maintenance-related reboots with up to a 50 percent reduction in system boot time
  • Complete, Built-in Virtualization—Delivers fully virtualized networking features that provide the highest levels of performance with the lowest overhead, adding even more flexibility to Oracle Solaris Zones
  • Unified Software Administration—Eases the acquisition, installation, and maintenance of Oracle Solaris and additional Oracle, third-party, and in-house applications through a network-based package system that uses dependency-aware tools to update the entire software stack while virtually eliminating opportunities for errors during updates
  • Additional Security—Provides advanced, transparent security to users, applications, and devices while simplifying security with fine-grained delegated management, implementing the latest security standards and continuing Oracle Solaris' leadership position as a highly secure operating system
  • Improved Data Management—Includes new advanced storage features such as built-in deduplication, encryption, and thin provisioning that enhance our industry-leading Oracle Solaris ZFS technology and deliver the best storage foundation for virtualized and cloud environments

Download Locations
Oracle Preffered
Torrent Download
Backup Location - Because the Oracle SSO site appears to be broken i have uploaded the Live CD ISO to my dropbox for the time being.

Installing VMware Tools

  1. On the host, select Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools.
  2. Open a Terminal.
    If necessary, mount the VMware Tools virtual CD-ROM image.
    Usually, the vold Solaris volume manager mounts the CD-ROM under /cdrom/vmwaretools. If the CD-ROM is not mounted, restart the volume manager.
    Code:
    /etc/init.d/volmgt stop
    /etc/init.d/volmgt start
  3. Change to a working directory (for example, /tmp) and extract VMware Tools.
    Code:
    cd /tmp
    gunzip -c /cdrom/vmwaretools/vmware-solaris-tools.tar.gz | tar xfv -
  4. Run the VMware Tools tar installer.
    Code:
    cd vmware-tools-distrib
    sudo ./vmware-install.pl
  5. Respond to the configuration prompts and press Enter to accept the default value.
  6. Log out of the root account.
    Code:
    exit
  7. (Optional) Start your graphical environment.
  8. In an X terminal, start the VMware User process
    Code:
    vmware-user

Installing NAPP-IT ZFS GUI

  1. Open a Terminal
  2. Install or update/downgrade of napp-it
    Code:
    sudo wget -O - www.napp-it.org/nappit | perl
  3. Manage your ZFS Storage via a browser at port 81: http://serverip:81
 
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Loto_Bak

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Good idea, let me know if you wanna move anything into your post.

LSI 9240 (and others) Driver Installation
Instructions include binding the driver properly and loading the driver before installation.

http://www.byte.nl/blog/2011/01/04/how-to-install-opensolaris-openindiana-on-an-m1015-lsi-9240-raid-controller/

Solaris 11 and ESXi compatibly
There are various reports of instability during booting when loaded under ESXi.
Most of these reports are from people using pci passthrough and disk controllers.
Reports of crashes with other configurations would be appreciated.
 
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gea

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- use live versions of Solaris Express 11 or OpenIndiana 151a
- install the original ESXi tools (type of machine=Solaris 10-64) as descibed above
(copy the unzipped ESXi installer to /tmp and run vmware-install.pl)

-> not working with Solaris 11 or text-only installations