Oracle Solaris 11 can be installed in the following ways:
- Oracle Solaris 11 Live Media image: You use the Oracle Solaris 11 Live Media image to install on x86-based systems. This method is used for systems that have a graphics display. It contains software packages that are normally found in workstations and notebook environments.
- Oracle Solaris 11 Text installer: You use the Oracle Solaris 11 Text installation for x86- or SPARC-based systems. This method is used for systems that do not have a graphics display. It contains software packages that are normally found in server environments.
- Automated Installations through media: You can initiate an automated installation of the Oracle Solaris 11 OS on a SPARC or an x86 system by booting an AI Image on media, such as CD, DVD, or USB. This method initiates a hands-free installation of only that system and uses a manifest file to obtain the installation instructions.
- Automated Installations over the network: The Oracle Solaris 11 Automated installation provides a “hands-free” network installation for multiple client systems for x86- or SPARC-based systems. This method enables administrators to create and manage customized installation profiles for different systems.
All installation downloads are in an ISO image format that can be burned to a CD or a DVD or used directly within Oracle VM Server or other virtualization software.