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Installing Solaris 10 in Oracle VM virtualbox

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This article describes installation of Solaris 10 on Oracle VM virtual box


Introduction to Solaris:

Solaris is a Unix operating system originally developed by Sun Microsystems. It superseded their earlier SunOS in 1993. It is the computer operating system that Sun Microsystems provides for its family of scalable Processor Architecture-based processors as well as for Intel-based processors. As the Internet grew in the early 1990s, Sun’s SPARC/Solaris systems became the most widely installed servers for Web sites. Solaris systems come with a Java virtual machine and the Java Development Kit (JDK). Solaris, as it is named as of 2010, has been owned by Oracle Corporation since the Sun acquisition by Oracle in January 2010.


  • Its availability. Meaning it seldom crashes. Because it has evolved through a number of versions, it is stable.
  • Its scalability. If you move to a larger processor, your applications should not only run, but run faster.
  • It is built for network computing.
  • It includes security features. These include support for IPSec, Kerberos, AMI, and smart cards.

Software Details:

Software used: Oracle solaris 10 (x86)

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  • Add a new server in the virtual box and start the virtual machine. You will see GRUB boot menu as shown below. Select “Oracle Solaris” using arrow keys and press enter.


  • Select how would you like to perform the installation. Enter 1 and press enter to start “Oracle Solaris Interactive” setup process.


  • Based on your keyboard layout choose appropriate option in the “Configure Keyboard Layout” menu. Once you have completed your selection press <F2> on the keyboard to continue


  • In this menu select the language in which you want the installer to perform the installation by entering its respective number and press enter.


  •  In the following welcome screen, click next.


  •  In this screen, select networked if you want to configure IP addresses, subnet mask etc during the setup or select non networked if you wish to configure these network settings after the setup. Here in this case we are choosing non networked. Click next to continue.


  •  Enter a hostname of your choice and click next.


  •  Select the option shown in the picture and click next.


  • In this section select appropriate time zone and click next.


  • Select your continent and country based on your geographical location and click next.


  • Set the current date and time and click next.


  • Enter new password for root account in the entries and click next.


  • On the confirmation screen check the settings and click “Confirm” to continue.


  • Now the solaris installation welcome page will be displayed. Just click next.


  • Select your preferred options in the following screen and click next.


  •  Specify your installation media type and click next.


  • Accept the following license agreement. Make sure the box against “Accept” is checked and click next


  • Choose the type of installation you would like to perform and click next.


  • Select the software localization based on your geographical location and click next.


  • Select “System locale” specific to your location.


  • Select software group and packages based on your requirement and click next.


  • If you have chosen custom packages following screen will be displayed where you can customize packages you want to install and click next. If you have chosen default packages, skip this step.


  • Confirm the disks are selected to install the Operating system and click next.


  • Confirm the values (size of the hard drive) and click next.


  • Here you can edit the file system layout and create custom partitions as per your requirement. Once you have finished configuring, click next to continue.


  • In the below screen click “Install now” to begin the installation. The progress will be shown on the status bar as shown in the picture below.

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  • Wait for the installer to finish the process and following screen will be displayed at the end of installation. Click continue to reboot the operating system immediately or you can optionally wait for 90 seconds and the installer will automatically restart the machine.


  • Once the machine reboots, Solaris 10 will startup and the following login screen will be displayed where you need to login using the account “root” and the password you created during the installation.


  • This completes the installation and the Solaris 10 desktop looks like in the picture below.