Sun Solaris 10 – Installation Guide to Sun Solaris 10


You will need to first go to Sun’s website and download the 5 Sun Solaris 10 x86 CDs or the Sun Solaris x86 DVD. For this tutorial we will be installing the x86 version of Sun Solaris 10. After you have downloaded these CDs or DVDs, burn a copy of them so that you can install them on your machine. Insert in the install disc and boot up your PC.

Feel free to select a different option that fits to your needs. For example, I will advise to select English as my default language, however you might want to have your system installed in a different language, please go ahead and select that option.

When your system first boots up you will be presently with a black boot up screen. Select the first option “Solaris” to boot the standard installer.

Then select option 1, to run the installer in “Solaris Interactive” mode.
Keyboard Layout: I select Japanese as I am using a Japanese keyboard and then press the F2 key to continue.

Graphical Interface: A graphical screen should load and you should follow the directions to indicate that the screen loaded successfully.
Select Language: 0. English

Network Connectivity: Networked


Enable IPv6: No

Enable Kerberos: No

Name Service: DNS

Domain Name: Enter anything you wish to use. I will just enter jbellendir.local for mine.

DNS Server Address: This depends on your network situation. If you have this server as a internal server and you wish for it to use your preexisting DNS servers, then input those servers IP addresses. If this is a standalone server or you are just testing this machine then just input a GLOBAL DNS Server. For example, use SBC’s DNS Servers: and

DNS Search List: You can just leave this field blank. If you have your server in a network where you have a windows server as a DNS server, you should have put that server’s IP address in the DNS Server page and you can put the windows domain name for the search domain.

NFSv4 Domain Name: Use the NFSv4 domain derived by the system.

Time Zone: Geographic Continent/Country/Region

Continent and Country: Select your area

Date and Time: Check date and time and click next.

Root Password: Input a strong password to be used as the root password. You can always change this later.

Enabling Remote Services: This is up to you. I just selected Yes.

It should do a check on your DNS servers and other things and then you should be prompted with a Solaris Installation window if all went well. Usually the only thing you might encounter is your DNS Server settings were setup incorrectly, if that’s the case go back and correct them. You can however just continue without your DNS servers working, but I wouldn’t recommend this.

Installer Options:
Reboot automatically after software installation?: No
Eject additional CDs/DVDs automatically after software installation? Yes
We want to watch the install process each step of the way. The reason is if you just restart without changing the install CD, Sun Solaris will just restart the install process.

Specify Media: CD/DVD
Select Type of Install: Default Install

Reboot: Once the installation is finished, click Reboot Now
Specify Media: After reboot, it should load the GUI and ask for you to specify the media again for Software 2 for x86 Platforms. Select CD/DVD and click next. Then insert CD 2 and click OK.
Ready to Install: Click on the Install Now Button.

Do the same for all 5 install CDs. Then your system will want to reboot. Allow it to reboot and then you should be presently with the Solaris Java GUI login screen. Go ahead and login with the username root and the password you setup during the installation.

After you insert your username and password it will ask which GUI to use. You can use either the Java Desktop System or the CDE (Sun Solaris’ older GUI.)

You have now successfully installed Sun Solaris 10 on your machine. Check out my other tutorials on Sun Solaris, which explain how to configure the system and make changes.


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