8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2011 1:30 PM by User12618620-Oracle RSS

    Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?

    N.Page
      This post is not about Solaris 11 express. This is about Solaris 11 released on November 9, 2011

      I remember download Solaris 10 (august 2011) release for x86_64. It was just above 2gb. Why the newly released Solaris 11's text based Installer is only 430 mb ?
      http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/index.html

      Isn't this the fully functional Solaris 11 ?

      Doesn't Solaris 11 have a GUI based installer ?
        • 1. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
          Pascal Kreyer -Oracle
          The small version is just a version with the minimal of packages that Solaris needs for a installation.

          If you want a version with a GUI, then you can use the Live CD that is twice the size.
          • 2. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
            Alan.S-Oracle
            You really need to check out some of the documentation to understand how much different Solaris 11 is from Solaris 10. The way software is installed is quite different. Media supplies just enough software for a basic system, and the rest of the software is then installable from a network package repository.

            Here's a link:

            http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/documentation/index.html

            Specifically check:

            http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E23824_01/html/E24456/index.html
            Transitioning From Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11

            -- Alan
            • 3. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
              800381
              Brilliant. Just brilliant.

              Anyone who for some reason doesn't want to put his system on the Internet is SOL or in for a boatload of extra work.
              • 4. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
                Alan.S-Oracle
                It's a very small boatload of extra work. You can download and burn the Repository ISO, mount it on your non-networked system, and point your publisher to it. Then you can install everything that you would be able to on a networked system.

                The brilliant thing about it is that for the vast majority of networked systems, there is no need to download a 4GB image in order to install less than 1GB of software. In fact, one can start with the 500MB text install CD, and then optionally download the desktop GUI packages, developer tools and miscellaneous applications.

                And if you do require a closed system, then the Repository ISO is available for you to do all the above locally.

                -- Alan
                • 5. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
                  N.Page
                  You can download and burn the Repository ISO, mount it on your non-networked system, and point your publisher to it

                  What does 'Point your Publisher' involve ?

                  I am a DBA and a solaris fan . On VMWare workstation 8, I am currently running a 2-Node RAC with solaris 10 as the gues OS .

                  I wanted to test Solaris 11 for this.
                  RAC installer runs from a Java GUI. So, i can't install 'TEXT' version coming with the Text Installer. Solaris 11 Live Media might not have the extra networking and storage related packages.

                  To download the x86 Repository iso, i have to download two files which contain both SPARC and x86 ?
                  Download Download Part A SPARC, x86 (2.7 GB)
                  Download Download Part B SPARC, x86 (2.6 GB)
                  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/index.html
                  • 6. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
                    Ml Starkey-Oracle
                    Getting the .iso image that you want to publish is the first step.

                    The documentation is here:

                    http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E23824_01/html/E21803/copyrepo2.html#scrolltoc

                    Here's what we did as a lab scenario with b.174:

                    (create zfs file system)

                    zfs create -o compression=on rpool/export/myrepository

                    (copy iso image to ZFS f/s)

                    lofiadm -a /<full path>/sol-11full.iso /dev/lofi/1

                    mount -F hsfs /dev/lofi/1 /mnt

                    rsync -aP /mnt/repo /export/myrepository

                    (create repository on local machine)

                    svccfg -s application/pkg/server setprop pkg/inst_root=/export/myrepository/repo
                    svccfg -s application/pkg/server setprop pkg/readonly=true
                    svcprop -p pkg/inst_root application/pkg/server /export/myrepository/repo
                    svcadm refresh application/pkg/server
                    svcadm enable application/pkg/server

                    (refresh pkg repository catalog)

                    pkgrepo refresh -s /export/myrepository/repo

                    (assign preferred publisher name to the machine)

                    pkg set-publisher -P -g http://my-machine.mydomain.com/ solaris

                    (remove the old publisher name)

                    pkg set-publisher -G http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release solaris

                    (test)
                    pkg publisher
                    pkg search <what you are looking for>

                    (on your client, remove the current publisher and add newly created publisher)

                    pkg set-publisher -G http://pkg.oracle.com/solaris/release -g http://my-machine.mydomain.com/ solaris

                    (test as before)

                    the pkg command has more options than can be listed here. It will take some getting used to. Hope this gets you started.
                    • 7. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
                      Alan.S-Oracle
                      To download the x86 Repository iso, i have to download two files which contain both SPARC and x86 ?
                      IPS packages are not architecture-specific. They contain binaries for SPARC and x86, and a file's arch variant (if set) determines if it gets installed. You only have to download the full ISO image (in two parts to to size) if you need to maintain your own local repository. If you are able to use the networked repository, then IPS will only pull over the files that are required to update or install your system. Unlike SVR4 packages, it determines at a file level what needs to be downloaded.

                      More information on IPS can be found here:

                      http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E23824_01/html/E21802/index.html

                      -- Alan
                      • 8. Re: Why is Solaris 11 iso so small ?
                        User12618620-Oracle
                        Thanks dewdropinn. This is a good info!

                        It wasn't very hard after all and the network installs off the local repo are completing very quickly!