ECS Linux-Mandriva Installation Process

Below you will a very brief description of how to install the Linux-Mandriva 2007. You can borrow the six CDs or single DVD available in class. You can find more information at the Mandriva website: I will assume that you wish to dual boot Linux with some version of Windows. You can find much more extensive instructions for installing Linux at:
Professor Norman Matloff's Beginner's Guide to Installing Linux :
I recommend you read and print out both this and Prof. Matloff's pages before starting.


There are three steps to installing Linux:

1. 1. Gathering network information.

2. 2. Set-up partitions on the disk drive to have room for Linux.

3. 3. Installing Linux

1. Gathering network information
Before starting to install Linux you must gather information about your current network settings. You can find these in the Network section of the Windows Control Panel. If you do not have DHCP, then you need to note your IP address. You should also note the subnet mask (usually, gateway address, primary DNS, and secondary DNS if there is one. If you are using encrypted wireless, then jot down the keys and/or pass phrase. You should also determine your graphics adapter and monitor model and current resolution settings.

2. Setting up partitions
Linux must be installed on partitions separate from all other operating systems. In Windows, each partition is given a drive letter. In Linux, all of the partitions on the first drive start with hda, and are numbered hda1, hda2, and so forth. The partitions on the second hard drive all start with hdb. Please note that the first drive may not be your C: drive in Windows. If you have multiple drives, you should note, based on its size, which is your C: drive. You will need this later to install the boot loader.

There are many ways to create the necessary space for Linux, but I will cover only the simplest. You will need clear out enough space in an existing partition so that it can be shrunk enough to make room for both Linux partitions. This may mean deleting files and/or moving files from one drive to another. Disk Cleanup can help you to choose the files to remove. When done, note how much space you need for your files on the drive. Once you are done cleaning up the disk, you should run the defragmenter tool to consolidate the files. Please note that Mandriva 2007 can shrink any file system, including the NTFS file system!

If you happen to have left some empty space on a hard disk, that you are not going to use for LINUX, then partition and format it now, before installing Linux. You should not use Windows/DOS tools to partition the Linux disk after Linux is installed--it can really screw things up.

2. Installing Linux
On most computers, you can bypass using an Install Boot floppy, by choosing to boot directly from the CDROM. To do this, you need to change the first device searched for booting in the BIOS. To access the BIOS settings, reboot the computer and hold down the indicated key, usually DEL. When the BIOS settings show up, look for a page that lists the order of boot search. You should find that the floppy is the first listed, followed by the hard drive. Change the first entry from floppy to CDROM. Then hit Escape, and choose to save the changes. Now when you reboot, the computer will start looking first in the CDROM. Note that after you have installed Linux, you should go through the same process to change the first device back to the floppy.

To install Linux, your computer must either boot to a specially created floppy or directly to the CD labeled Mandriva 2007 CD 1 or the Mandriva 2007 DVD.

1. Place CD 1, or the DVD in your CD drive and restart your computer.

2. Select “Installation” from the first menu.

3. Select “English (American)” as your language choice. (default)

4. Accept the license agreement.

5. Choose to install.

6. Set the Security to “Standard” so you can access your Windows partitions without being root

7. Assuming you don’t have enough free space, select “Use existing partitions” for Paritioning

8. Select the partition you wish to resize.

9. Slide the bar to determine the size of the old Windows partition. You can refer to your notes to determine the minimum you need for your Windows files. Remember you need to free up at least 5000 megabytes for Linux, but you should leave at least 500 megabytes free on the Windows partition to allow for future use.

10. Mandriva may ask you to reboot the computer. If so, then go through step 2 to 7, and then continue from here.

11. Select Auto allocate.

12. If everything pictured in the Partitioning charts makes sense, then select OK to write the partition table.

13. Mandriva may ask you to reboot again! If so, then go through steps 2 to 7, and then continue from here.

14. Mandrake will guess where root (/) will be mounted. Make sure the selected partition is the one you wanted.

15. Allow the partition to be formatted. (default)

16. The list of installation media found is correct so just click Next.

17. The default package selections are fine. However, if you have space on your hard disk, then feel free to select additional packages. As you select groups, the total size of the selections is updated at the bottom of the selection window. If you select packages from the right (server) column, then be warned that server components make your computer much more susceptible to attacks from hackers. Do not install server components unless you know what you are doing!

18. Just click “Install” on the Software Management Screen. The program will take about an hour to install, and will ask you to insert the other five CDs. If you are using a DVD, just press it back in when another CD is requested.

19. Set the root password; don’t leave it blank.

20. Add yourself as a user. I suggest you use your CSIF user name as your login name to make ssh and sftp a little easier.

21. After adding yourself, just press Next at the next Add user screen.

22. if there is only you, and your computer is in a safe place, you can agree to automatically log on one user.

23. Place LILO in the First sector of drive (MBR). (default)

24. If you are offered any proprietary drivers, then say Yes. (default)

25. If it finds your printer, then allow it to set it up automatically. (default)

Mandriva now provides a list of configurations that you will need to modify. You will need to configure the time zone to Los Angeles, but the other time defaults (hardware clock is not set to GMT) are fine. Configure the graphical interface. Make sure you test the configuration of your graphics adapter and monitor. You can use the information you gathered from your Windows network to configure the Network. If you have wireless, then select “wireless” from the list of adapters. The domain you choose for your host name is probably irrelevant—so make one up! Start the connection now to ensure it works. If you have a printer available to the computer but it was not detected earlier by Mandriva, then press the configure button next to printers, then Add a Printer, and then Auto-Detect. If Mandriva does not detect your printer, then uncheck Auto-Detect, click Next, and manually select its port, make, and model. Mandriva should be able to detect your printer, but you should check its efforts by printing a test page when prompted. If you wish to make your Windows OS the default, you will need to configure the bootloader. Upon entering the bootloader configuration area, click Next until you see a list of entries in the boot menu. Double click the "windows" entry, and then place an X in the Default checkbox.

After OKing the summary, don’t download updates. Remove the CD or DVD, and click the Reboot button. (You may wish to change your BIOS boot-up sequence back at this time.) When the system reboots, select the “linux” entry to start Mandriva for the first time.

If you are confronted with a command prompt instead of a GUI when Mandriva starts up, then login or su as root, and type XFdrake to open the graphics configuration tool. Play with the settings, and test until you get a good screen.

You may now want update the computer by Start icon -> System->Configuration->Packaging->Install, Remove & Update Software. After entering the root password, go to Software Management->”Look at available updates….” Then select a source URL (I use, and wait for the list to download. You will see a Software Management window. You should download any Bugfix Updates, and Normal Updates.

Once you have installed all the updates, you should install the GUI debugger, ddd. Select “Select from where software packages are downloaded …”. Then select Add and then “Distribution sources.” Select a URL (I use After the list of packages is downloaded, select “Look at installable software…” from the four Software Management choices. Type “ddd” in the search box, and then press Search. The rest of the process is straightforward.

Congratulations! Your done installing Linux!

KUBUNTU 7.10 Installation


  • 1 Hardware notes

  • 2 Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy)

  • 3 LinuxMCE

  • After installation please visit this page and fill in any information you have about the installation process. This will aid the developers in fixing any faults.

    If you want to install LinuxMCE using the DVD, follow these steps.

    Hardware notes

    See this section for general hardware recommendations, and this advice for PC preparation.

    LinuxMCE differs from other Home Theater PC systems in that some functions are performed by a Core PC and some functions are performed by a Media Director PC. A hybrid Core/Media Director PC does both.

    For the central LinuxMCE Core server that will function on a home automation network, most recommended installations suggest 2 network interface cards (NICs). If you don't have a second NIC card already installed, it is easiest to do so before installing Kubuntu/LinuxMCE, since the second card will then be recognised and configured correctly during the initial installation. You won't have to fiddle with setting it up later. See this section for tips on setting up a nested LinuxMCE LAN within an existing home LAN.

    (If you will have only a single PC acting as a hybrid Core/Media Director, 2 cards aren't strictly necessary, but putting them in at this stage will allow you to expand your network down the line.)

    For a PC acting as a Media Director (either as a standalone or as a hybrid), an nVidia graphics card is strongly recommended so that you can display the User Interface in the highest resolution (UI2). If you don't have one installed, it is easiest to do so before starting software installation. It is probably best to stick with an nVidia card on the Core PC as well. Make sure the card is installed prior to software installation.

    Check out this video and example installation of a complete installation that took this guy a few days and will likely take you a few weeks.

    Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy)

    LinuxMCE 0704 (beta) was used only with Kubuntu Desktop version 7.04 (Feisty). The current version is LinuxMCE 0710 and is meant to be used only with Kubuntu Desktop version 7.10 (Gutsy). A version compatible with Kubuntu version 8.10 is planned for the future.

    Steps for installing Linux MCE on an Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) system :

    Existing Kubuntu 7.10 installation

    You can install LinuxMCE 0710 on a pre-existing installation of Kubuntu 7.10 using the 2 CD install method (but not the DVD method). To complete the installation you will need a Kubuntu Desktop 7.10 Live CD available, or at least a copy of the .iso file somewhere on your hard drive. (If you need to obtain one, see the next section for the download link. There are instructions if you want to burn a Live CD.)

    The install process will partially overwrite your previous Kubuntu installation using configuration files from the Live CD which are known to be uniquely compatible with LinuxMCE. If you have previously modified your Kubuntu system (subsequent to its original installation), you may lose some of your configuration files because LinuxMCE modifies them to suit its own needs. Therefore, do not install LinuxMCE on a mission-critical PC if you don't want to risk this. (You should dedicate one PC to be a LinuxMCE core server, anyway.)

    New installation

    If you don't already have an Kubuntu system installed, follow these generic steps to install Kubuntu Desktop 7.10 from the Live CD:

    1. Download the CD .iso image for Kubuntu desktop- either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version, depending on your processor. Use the 32-bit version if in doubt. Note that LinuxMCE comes in both a 32-bit and a 64-bit version as well, so you must match. (If the above links are down, try this alternate site for the appropriate Kubuntu Desktop Live CD.)
    2. If you don't know how to burn the .iso file to a bootable CD, then see these instructions.
    3. Boot the Kubuntu Desktop 7.10 LiveCD.
    4. Choose 'Start or install Kubuntu'.
    5. When Kubuntu's desktop appears, click on 'Install'.
    6. A short wizard will guide you. Select the language and press 'forward'.
    7. Choose your timezone and press 'forward'.
    8. Select the keyboard layout.
    9. Choose desktop name, a user name and a password. LinuxMCE uses linuxmce for the user and password, so it is often convenient to use linuxmce as the initial user and password at this step, as well.
    10. Select the partitioning options for your disk. If this is going to be a dedicated server, you can use the entire disk.
    11. Ready to install.
    12. Reboot the system and remove the Live CD.


    Download LinuxMCE

    From within the Kubuntu 7.10 desktop, open Konqueror or Firefox (the orange and blue icon at the top), and go to Select 'Download Instructions' to download the LinuxMCE CD images (.iso files) or the DVD .iso image onto your machine. You can also find the current version here.

    There is a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version of LinuxMCE. If you are using a 64-bit Kubuntu 7.10 installation, download the corresponding LinuxMCE version.

    You will be downloading two .iso files, each one corresponding to a CD image. The installer is able to use the .iso files directly from the hard drive, or you can burn them to a CD and then use them from the CD.

    (Obviously, if you are downloading the .iso files on another computer, you will have to burn them onto CD to use them.)

    To install using the .iso files on your hard drive directly, skip the next step.

    Burn download to CDs and install from CDs

    (If you plan to install directly from .iso files, skip this step and proceed to the next step.)

    If you don't know how to burn an .iso file to a CD then see these instructions.

    Burn the two CDs (assuming you are using this method).

    You can then simply place CD 1 in the CD-ROM and the installer will autostart. You will then be prompted to put CD 2 in the drive, followed by the Kubuntu Desktop Live CD (see later sections).

    The rest will take a lot of time but will essentially install automatically. Skip the next two steps and continue with the installation prompts.

    Installing mce-installer from command prompt

    (Skip the next two steps if you are installing from actual CDs.)

    You can install the mce-installer from a command prompt without the need to burn the ISOs as follows:

    cd /directory/where/the/downloaded/iso/files/are/
    mkdir -pv mnt
    sudo mount LinuxMCE_0704_CD1.iso mnt/ -o loop
    sudo dpkg -i mnt/mce-installer_2.0.1-1_i386.deb
    sudo umount mnt
    rmdir -v mnt

    If you are using the 64-bit version, use mce-installer_2.0.1-1_amd64.deb instead of mce-installer_2.0.1-1_i386.deb.

    Installing mce-installer from the KDE Menu

    Once you have downloaded the packages and installed the mce-installer onto your disk, run the mce-installer:

    • From Konqueror (or the Dolphin file manager), find and right-click on the mce-installer icon. Choose Kubuntu Package Menu --> Install Package.

    (This step is done automatically if you are installing from a CD.)

    Install LinuxMCE

    The mce-installer places an "Install LinuxMCE" icon on your desktop. Click it to start the installation process. A window will appear saying that you will be notified when updates are available.

    Choosing type of Core

    Choose if you want a dedicated core or a hybrid. (In brief, a hybrid runs as both the Core and as a Media Director. As such, it needs more computing power. Click here to find out more differences between a core and a hybrid). Then click on the "Forward" button.

    If you aren't going to set up an "internal" home automation LAN at this time, but only will use a single PC for all LinuxMCE functions, then make that single PC installation a hybrid.

    However, if you will create an entire home automation network, it is better to use one PC as the dedicated core server (not a hybrid). It will run faster. You can leave it "headless" (no monitor, keyboard, mouse), and leave it always on. In such a situation, "dedicated Core" would be suitable. Nevertheless, it is possible after installation to choose whether to autostart the Core services by themselves, the Media Director services by themselves, or both together. Thus a "hybrid" installation can later used as a "dedicated Core," as a Media Director, or as both (a hybrid). There is little disadavantage, therefore, in choosing "hybrid" at this step. That is what many first time users choose.

    Choosing Video Card

    This step is displayed only when an nNvidia graphics card is detected by LinuxMCE. You will be asked if you want to use the proprietary nVidia driver (the only one that works well with LinuxMCE and nVidia cards), instead of the generic driver (which doesn't work as well). Generally you should use the proprietary driver. This step is here for legal reasons.

    Network Configuration

    The next screen will ask you whether you want to keep your current network configuration or whether you want to set your network options manually. The "current network configuration" is usually what the Kubuntu Live CD originally detected and setup automatically. Most commonly this configuration instructs the PC to ask for a dynamic IP from your home LAN router's DHCP service. This option is asking whether your LinuxMCE should continue to ask for a dynamic IP from your external LAN's router (using DHCP), or whether you wish to set a static IP address for your LinuxMCE PC. This setting applies only to the (first) NIC card that is connected to the "external" home LAN. Usually keeping the "current network configuration" is sufficient. Then press "Forward".

    If you chose manual installation, you must now choose whether your PC will use a static IP within the external home LAN, or whether it will accept a dynamic IP assigned by the LAN router's DHCP. If you do not have a home LAN and router, but connect directly through a cable modem, you most likely use a (static) IP (that your cable company assigns you). Generally you have to know your IP address, the cable company's gateway IP, and the cable company's DNS server information (which your cable provider must provide to you). In contrast, most DSL providers use DHCP-assigned dynamic IPs, so if you connect directly through a DSL modem, you most likely use DHCP. You don't have to worry about the gateway and DNS server; DHCP usually discovers those for you automatically. (Obviously, if you bought a static IP service from a DSL or T1 provider, you would have to choose static and fill in the information, just as for a cable modem.)

    If you don't know what the heck you have, use DHCP.

    Choosing Mirror for Packages

    You have to choose a mirror. Pick one geographically close to you. Downloads will be faster.

    Choosing DHCP Server

    You will be asked whether you want (the LinuxMCE core server) to Run a DHCP Server or not. The LinuxMCE core server will be the DHCP server for your "internal" home automation network in order to provide plug-and-play detection of network devices like IP Cameras and VOIP phones, and to provide network boot images to any other PC's in the internal home automation network that you might want to use as Media Directors.

    Hopefully you took some advice and already installed a second NIC card. That second NIC card is used so that LinuxMCE can provide an "internal" DHCP network to the PCs (Media Directors), Orbiters, and devices within your automated home network. All ethernet connections from these devices (within the home automation network) must be connected to a switch (or a router with DHCP turned off) which is then in turn connected to this second NIC card. The LinuxMCE core server then performs the DHCP functions for the "internal" home automation network.

    In essence, the "internal" home automation network is nested within your "external" home LAN. Some PCs can remain outside of the internal home automation network by being directly connected to the router, and therefore not connected to the LinuxMCE server. The first NIC card of the LinuxMCE server therefore communicates to the router of your external home LAN. The second NIC is connected to the internal home automation LAN. The LinuxMCE core server only acts as the DHCP server for the devices in the internal home automation LAN. Savvy?

    Generally, you should answer yes to this question. The only time you would answer no is when you will have only one PC that will be a hybrid core server/media director and you do not plan to use any plug-n-play devices other than those connected directly to that single PC.

    You will be then asked if you want to keep the default Internal Network address for the internal home automation LAN or if you want to change it. You might as well accept the default, unless you have some specific reason for specifying a unique IP range.

    Then press 'Forward'.

    Choosing Orbiter Interface

    In the next window you need to choose what interface you want to use and you have to pick one of three possibilities. There are currently three options: UI1, UI2 with masking, and UI2 with alpha-blending. UI2 requires specific video cards (nVidia). It is best to choose UI1 for the initial installation if you don't have the appropriate nVidia card or if in doubt, as the interface can be changed later. This will reduce the possibility of video card related errors during installation. After installation, you can check to see if your video card can do masking and alpha-blending by following the instructions at Graphics Test.

    Installing Additional Packages

    On the next step you have to choose if you want to install lame and libdvdcss and if it is legal in your country to use them. In general you will want to install them both.

    Choosing How to Primarily Use the Computer

    You have to select how you plan to use your computer, either:

    • Primarily used as a PC -- you can start LinuxMCE manually when you need it, or

    • A dedicated LinuxMCE -- you can start Kubuntu when you need it.

    For the dedicated core server, choose the second option. If you have a power outage, you can then set the computer to auto-reboot and restore your system without intervention. (If you are serious about home automation, it is best to have a dedicated core server, anyway.) It is possible to access the Kubuntu desktop from within LinuxMCE (see below).

    If you choose the first option and have a power outage, then you will require a boot-up script, cron scheduling, or manual intervention in order to restart the LinuxMCE system.

    If you are just experimenting with LinuxMCE and/or primarily use the PC as a Kubuntu desktop, the first option is suitable. Also, if you wish to directly install LinuxMCE directly on a PC that will be used as a Media Director, but intend to trade its function back and forth between that of a Kubuntu desktop and a Media Director, also choose the first option.

    (Many PCs that will be used as Media Directors can simply be netbooted from the Core, however, so you do not really need to install LinuxMCE on them at all if you intend to netboot (which is generally easier).)

    Installing LinuxMCE Discs

    This step is very important. You have to insert the CD (or point to the location on the hard drive of the .iso file for the CD):

    LinuxMCE CD 1

    LinuxMCE CD 2

    Kubuntu 7.10 Live CD

    You can see the message about the Linux MCE system installation.

    Installation can take a long time

    Don't worry if the system seems to stop at points or report what seems like error messages.
    This is normal since at places it will be testing drivers out, and is only there for the advanced Linux user.
    You will get a dialog box if something really does go wrong. And, understand this may take a very long time
    since it will in parallel be updating your Kubuntu system to the latest version. Just leave it for an hour
    or two and come back later.

    Installation Complete

    After the installation is done you’ll receive a message from the installer that will tell you to restart the system

    Next follow the QuickStart Guide to tell LinuxMCE about how you want to use it.

    Additional Notes

    If you specified that LinuxMCE should startup by default, then after rebooting you will see LinuxMCE (not the Kubuntu desktop). If you will use this computer as a Media PC only, you don't need to access the Kubuntu desktop for any further set up -- all setup is done from the from the LinuxMCE Admin Website or through the LinuxMCE Orbiter User Interface.

    If you would like to use this PC as a Kubuntu PC from within LinuxMCE, however, a menu option on the on-screen Orbiter User Interface of a Media Director is provided to bring up the KDE (Kubuntu) desktop. (This may not work well if the Media Director has been netbooted.)

    You can also press Ctrl+Alt+F2 from within LinuxMCE to bring up the KDE desktop (then login and type StartX).

    If you specified that the Kubuntu desktop should be run by default, you can then start LinuxMCE manually from within the Kubuntu menu: Applications-->Sound & Video-->Start Media Center. (You can also click on the LinuxMCE icon on the Kubuntu desktop that was placed there during installation.

    When LinuxMCE is running, you can toggle back and forth between them by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7 for Kubuntu or Ctrl+Alt+F11 for LinuxMCE.

    Sun Solaris Installation Process

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    Installation Assumptions

    This guide makes several assumptions, including:

    • The system is an x86 system

    • The system is compatible with the Solaris 10 5/09 OS and is listed on the Solaris Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

    • The system has a graphical interface

    While this guide is most appropriate for a stand-alone system that doesn't connect to a network or connects to a network with automatic configuration, it can be used to install a system with a fixed IP address if the network configuration information is available.

    If problems arise during the installation process that are not discussed in this guide, refer to the Solaris 10 OS Installation Guide: Basic Installations for more information. This guide is part of the Solaris 10 Release and Installation Collection located on the Sun Web site at

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    Check the Hardware Compatibility List

    The first step before the installation process is to verify that the system to be installed is on the hardware compatibility list located at:

    Note: The term "x86" refers to the family of 32-bit x86-compatible architecture and 64-bit AMD64 and Intel 64.

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    Basic System Requirements

    Verify the computer system meets the following requirements.

    NOTE: The requirements below are recommended minimums.

    While it is possible to install the Solaris OS on a system with less disk capacity and CPU speed, it is not recommended.

    • Minimum 1024 MB of physical RAM

    • Minimum 10 GB of available hard drive space

    • Minimum 400 MHz CPU speed

    • DVD or CD-ROM drive

    • Attached monitor or integrated display

    For more information on Solaris System requirements, visit For a catalog of the more than 5000 Solaris-ready applications and solutions, please visit

    Obtaining Media for the x86 Platform

    The Solaris 10 5/09 OS release is available via download from the Sun Web site.

    1. Go to and click on the Solaris logo if you want to obtain information about the Solaris 10 5/09 OS; if not, proceed to step 2.

    2. Go to to begin the download process.

    3. Choose Solaris 10 on the list of available downloads.

    4. Click on the appropriate media format (Solaris for x86 systems).

    5. Register at the Sun Download Center, if you have not already done so.

    6. Answer the short questionnaire.

    7. Read and accept the license agreement.

    8. Download and burn the CDs or DVDs.

    See the Solaris 10 Self Help FAQs located at for additional guidance, instruction, and tips on downloading the Solaris 10 OS or burning installation CD and DVD media.

    Power Up and Media Boot

    If you don't want to substitute your current operating system and instead you want to run Solaris as a guest OS or Virtual Machine, please download and install xVM VirtualBox for free from

    The following procedure can be used to install Solaris 10 5/09 on a new or used system.

    1. Power up the system and insert the first installation CD or DVD into the drive tray.

    2. Restart the system.

    3. If the system appears to be booting from the hard disk and the Solaris OS installer does not start, power cycle the system (power cycle is shutting down the power on the system and then restarting the system). As the system begins to boot, enter setup mode. Typically, the system displays a message indicating which key to press (such as "Enter F2 to enter setup", although the key to press varies by manufacturer; the ESC and F12 keys are other common options.) If you miss the message, simply restart the system a couple of times until you are able to view it.

    4. Once in setup mode, specify the boot device for the system. This example specifies the CD or DVD drive as the boot device. To do so, find the list that describes boot order and re-order as needed to ensure the CD or DVD drive appears first on the list. The system should then boot from the CD or DVD drive to start the install process.

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    Installing the Solaris 10 5/09 Operating System

    Identifying the Console

    The next step in the installation process is to select the type of console for the hardware on which the Solaris OS is being installed. Use the arrow keys to select the version of the Solaris OS that matches the hardware configuration. For most x86 systems, use the default selection.

    Press the ENTER key and boot the version of operating system selected. The highlighted entry boots in 60 seconds even if a key is not pressed.

    Note: Prompts do not appear during the boot process. If a selection is not made, the screen times out and the system
    automatically boots the Solaris OS.

    Selecting the Type of Installation

    After the ENTER key is pressed or the counter times out, a series of dots will run on the screen and you will see the basic
    device configuration message along with a menu with six installation options.

    Before this new counter times out, select option 3 to install Solaris 10 5/09 from the beginning using Solaris ZFS as the root file system. You can get more information on ZFS from

    Note: If you don't want to use ZFS as your root filesystem, you can use option 1. Please refer to the previous version of this "How To Guide."

    Once option 3 is selected, you'll see the following screen with some information regarding your hardware. Keep in mind that the hardware information displayed (such as "nge0") may differ from the exact data displayed below and that each step can take up to a couple of minutes to complete:

    After a few seconds, you are presented with the keyboard layout configuration in case you don't have a standard keyboard or if you have a localized keyboard. If you have a US keyboard, press the [F2] key; if not, select the right language using the arrow keys to move up or down, make your selection with the [space bar] and then press [F2] to continue.

    Immediately, you'll see the following message. Press ENTER to continue.

    System Configuration

    A series of screens guides you through the Solaris OS configuration process.

    Note: The graphical screens require a mouse to be rolled over the window in order to answer questions posed throughout the configuration process.

    1. After you press ENTER, the system configuration process will start through a series of windows. Please roll the mouse over the window, click the mouse, then press ENTER to continue.

    2. Select a language for the system.

    3. A new window, the Solaris Install Console, appears in the bottom-right corner. This window is used to display pertinent installation messages. Another window appears in which the Solaris OS installation questions should be answered. Press [F2] to continue.

    4. The system identification process begins. Press [F2] to continue:.

    5. The Network Connectivity window appears. Use the default answer, (unless you don't have a network) and press [F2] to continue.

    6. The DHCP selection appears. For most cases, just select DHCP for your network configuration using the arrow keys and the space bar to make the selection and then press [F2] to continue.

    7. The IPv6 window appears. Just use the default and press [F2] to continue.

    8. The Confirmation window appears. If you agree with your selections, press [F2] to continue; if not, press [F4] and the process will go back to step 5.

    9. The Security Policy window appears. Use the default for No Kerberos configuration, then press [F2] to continue.

    10. For confirmation of your policy selection, press [F2] and continue to the next screen.

    11. The Name Service window appears. Select NONE using the arrow keys and pressing the space bar to select, then press [F2] to continue.

    12. For confirmation of your selection, press [F2] and continue to the next screen.

    13. The NFSv4 domain name window appears. Let the system use the default option and press [F2] to continue.

    14. For confirmation of your selection, press [F2] to continue to the next screen.

    15. The Time Zone window appears. Next, set the time zone for the system. This example sets the Americas time zone. Use the arrow keys and the space bar to make the selection, then press [F2] to continue.

    16. Time Zone cont'd. Set the United States Country & Region, then press [F2] to continue.

    17. Time Zone cont'd. Set the Pacific Time, then press [F2] to continue.

    18. Set current date and time. Use arrow keys and keyboard to change the proposed date and time, then press [F2] to continue.

    19. To confirm your selection, press [F2] to continue.

    20. The Root Password window appears. Set the root password. Note the password typed remains invisible. Re-enter the password in the second box and press [F2] to continue.

    21. The Network Services window appears. Click [F2] to continue.

    22. The Remote Services window appears. In this window, you can choose a "Secure by default" Solaris installation, but afterwards individual services should be enabled. If you are unsure of your type of installation, follow the default "Yes" to enable all remote services and press [F2] to continue.

    23. The Install Progress window appears. Wait for a few minutes while Solaris installs on your system. After the installation is completed, the system will reboot automatically and will start the Solaris OS. Remember that in some cases, you will have to eject the media manually.

    24. The Eject CD/DVD window appears. Use the default. Press [F2] to continue; the system will automatically eject the media after installation.

    25. The Reboot After Installation window appears. Use the default, press [F2] to continue.

    26. The Confirmation window appears; press [F2] to continue. In some cases, the system will not be able to eject the media after installation. Be sure to eject it manually to avoid starting the installation process again; if after the installation your system didn't eject the media and the install process started again, you can simply reboot your system. During the boot process, eject the media and the system will boot from the hard disk using the freshly installed Solaris 10 image.

    27. The License window appears. Please read the Solaris License Agreement, and if you agree, press [F2] to continue.

    28. The Geographic Regions window appears. To add support for other regions, select the desired region; if not, press [F2] to continue.

    29. The System Locale window appears. Press [F2] to continue.

    30. The Selection of Additional Products window appears. Press [F2] to continue.

    31. The Root File System selection window appears. Select ZFS and press [F2] to continue.

    32. The Software Selection window appears. Use the default and press [F2] to continue.

    33. The Disk Selection window appears. Use the default and press [F2] to continue.

    34. The ZFS Configuration window appears. Use the default and press [F2] to continue.

    35. The Remote Mounts window appears. Use the default and press [F2] to continue.

    36. The Profile window appears. On this window, you can see a technical description of how Solaris will be installed on your system. Press [F2] to continue.

    37. The Install Progress window appears. Wait for a few minutes while Solaris installs on your system. After the installation is completed, the system will reboot automatically and will start the Solaris OS. Remember that in some cases, you will have to eject the media manually.

    38. Now you have successfully installed Solaris 10 5/09 on your system. Login using the root user and the password you assigned on step 19.

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