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I have built a Solaris 11 Express on USB stick . I used it for several times but i destroyed since i needed some data to copy in th USB , its fairly simple but the only constraint is it can be done from already installed solaris 11 Express . You cannot do it from solaris 10 . All you need is a vmware install of soalris 11 and a copy of the package "usbcopy'
USB images require the utility 'usbcopy' to copy the bootable ISO image to a USB flash drive. This utility is available on Oracle Solaris 11 Express by installing pkg:/install/distribution-constructor using the pkg(1) command-line or Package Manager utility.
There are varieties of methods and ways, options i.e.
1.) From Microsoft Windows (NT i.e. XP (5.x), 6 (Vista) & 7) with the "Open Solaris Live USB creator"; this reported works! Easily and quickly with a graphical user interface transferring *.usb and or *.iso files upon flash drives and memory cards bootably, 'select device / drive and file and click start ; from http://devzone.sites.pid0.org/OpenSolaris/opensolaris-liveusb-creator
2.) With 'usbcopy' under Solaris 11 / Open Solaris and or the 'installgrub' command.; from http://www.milax.org/files/
For an example, from within (Open) Solaris a command statement (without the quotes) such as;
In these 'device' is substitute for the actual special device (file) assigned to the usb flash drive, again as an example if it were assigned "c0t2d0s3" and or "/dev/rdsk/c0t2d0s3"; its device "/dev/rdsk/c0t2d0 with two additional, 2 place fields denotating specifics, such as 's3' for a slice or 'p0' the entire flash device for example purpose, partitioning
#> "fdisk -d /dev/rdsk/'device'" however to partition, and leave space for other partitions
#> "fdisk -d -B /dev/rdsk/'device'" for a partition using the entire space available;
#> "dd if=sol-11-exp--live-x86.usb of=/dev/rdsk/'device bs=512" for example to copy the Solaris 'image' to the flash drive
and then finally, finishing it, installing the grub boot loader, to boot and or 'start' from. i.e. load and initialize (executing) the operating system, would be;
#> "installgrub -m /boot/grub/stage1 /boot/grub/stage2 /dev/rdsk/'device'" would install grub to the 'device' for 'booting', having it startable ; and or plainly "installgrub -m /boot/grub/stage1 /boot/grub/stage2 /dev/rdsk/c0t2d0s3"
Hopelly helpfull, GOD willing.
Edited by: Ariel (אריאל) on Jul 21, 2011 1:09 AM
Edited by: Ariel (אריאל) on Aug 15, 2011 9:00 AM
This somehow reminds me of the old saying "I need no religion, I work with UNIX".