Step by Step Installation of Solaris 10 on VMware Server
August 12, 2009
During the weekend I was looking into installing Solaris 10 on VMware,
I tried to document the step by step procedure while accomplishing this task.
So…Lets get started…
- Host OS: CentOS 5- 64 bit
- Guest OS: Solaris 10 - 11/06
- VMware Version: VMware Server 1.0.4 Build 56528
Once you have VMware server installed, invoke VMware server and do the following:
- Create New Virtual Machine by selecting File -> New -> Virtual Machine.
- Click “Next”, Virtual Machine Configuration -> Custom
- Guest Operating System “Solaris 10 64-bit”
- Name the Virtual Machine whatever you feel like, I named it “orasun01″ and click “Next”
- “Number of processors ” choose “One” and click “Next”
- Access Rights, Uncheck “Make this Virtual Machine Private” and click “Next”
- Allocate Memory to the VM, I have given 1024M. Click “Next”
- Network Connection , choose “Bridged Networking” and click “Next”.
- Create New Virtual Disk and click “Next”
- Virtual Disk Type, select “SCSI” and click “Next
- Specify Disk Capacity, Choose 10.0 GB and uncheck “Allocate Disk Space Now” and Click “Next”.
- Specify Disk File Name, name it differently if you wish or leave it as it is and click “Finish”.
So your VM should look like this:
Source Solaris 10 ISO during boot up
Source Solaris 10 ISO image to be read on boot up, this can be done by clicking:
Edit Virtual Machine -> select “CDROM” -> Click radio button “use ISO image” -> give the location of the Solaris 10 downloaded ISO image. Then click “OK”
From the above we have configured the VM to install Solaris 10. Lets start installing Solaris 10…
Installation of Solaris 10
- “Power On” the Virtual Machine and you should see the “Grub Menu” Select “Solaris” from the menu and press enter/return key.
- Choose “Solaris Interactive (default)” from the menu and press enter/return key.
- Select Language , I have chosen “English”
- Click “Next”
- Select the radio button “Networked” and click “Next”
- This section lets you enable DHCP, I have chosen not to select DHCP. I feel it is best to assign ip manually , gives you more control ..:)
- Enter the hostname and click “Next”
- Enter Ip address, ensure this ip is free and not used by any other system.
- Enter “NetMask”, I have selected it default value which was automatically picked up.
- Select “Yes” if you like to enable IPv6,
- Select “Default Route”, I have selected “none” as this can be defined at later point in time.
- Select “No” if you do not intend to use Kerberos Security.
- Select your desired “Name Service”, I have selected “None”
- Select “Time Zone”, I chose the radio button “Geographic Continent/Country/Region”
- Select your relevant country
- Confirm “Date and Time” and click “Next”
- Enter “root” password and click “Next”
- Select “Yes” if you wish to Enable Remote Services and click “Next”
- Confirm the “Summary” and proceed to next section by clicking “Confirm“
- Click “Next” to go to the next tasks of Installation
- In the “Installer Options” click the radio button “No” for Reboot automatically after installation and “No” for “Eject CD/DVD after Software Installation” and click “Next”
- A Notice will pop up to you should also eject the CD/DVD. Click “OK” to continue.
- Specify Media, click radio button “CD/DVD” and click “Next” to continue
- Accept the “License” and click “Next”
- Select “Type of Install”, choose “Custom Install” radio button and click “Next”. You can select “Default” if you like to.
- Select “Software Localization” specific to your country and click “Next”.
- Select “System Locale” specific to your country.
- Select “Extra Value Software Software” and click “Next”.
- Select “None” for “Web Start Ready product scan location“
- Click “Next”, I made no changes and accepted the defaults.
- Confirm the disks are selected and click “Next”.
- Select fdisk Partitions to be customized, check mark the displayed disk and click “Next”
- Confirm the values and click “Next”.
- Layout File Systems, Highlight “c1t0d0″ disk and click “Modify” to reflect the following values
- And Finally click “Install Now” which will begin the installation.The installation will take sometime to finish.
- Click “Reboot Now”
- Login using “SUN Console Login”
- You can use either “Java Desktop System” or “CDE”
- The installation is Complete, Solaris 10 Fresh Install is ready to be used.
Finally you might want to configure internet to your Solaris 10 VM, to do this do the following:
- If not already created, create file “/etc/defaultrouter” and enter your routers ip address
- If not already created, create file “/etc/resolv.conf” and enter the following:
search domainname nameserver default router address
- copy /etc/nsswitch.dns to /etc/nsswitch.conf
- Restart the network by issuing the following command:
#svcadm restart /network/dns/client
- Check the routing table and confirm the network is using the new sttings:
If not then add the default route by:
#route add default <gateway>
- Thats it you should be able to connect to the internet.
#ping google.com google.com is alive #