Creating an Oracle Solaris 11 USB install device

Creating an Oracle Solaris 11 USB install device.

From: The let’s put the cart before the horse department

First off, in order to create a solaris 11 bootable USB stick, you need the usbcopy utility which is only on Solaris 11.

Booting off the Solaris 11 live DVD won’t work because /var/pkg/lock and / are read only
(And here I thought I was going to be sneaky).

Also the opensolaris windows utility for creating a boot-able USB stick won’t work with the Solaris 11 USB image.

1. Download the Solaris 11 text install iso

2. Burn it to CD

2. Install Solaris 11

4. Install the Solaris install utilities

root@solaris11:/# pkg install install/distribution-constructor

5. Download the Solaris 11 USB image

6. Burn the image to the USB stick

root@solaris11:/# usbcopy sol-11-1111-text-x86.usb
Found the following USB devices:
0: /dev/rdsk/c5t0d0p0 7.8 GB SanDisk Cruzer Contour 4.08
Enter the number of your choice: 0

WARNING: All data on your USB storage will be lost.
Are you sure you want to install to
SanDisk Cruzer Contour 4.08, 7800 MB at /dev/rdsk/c5t0d0p0 ? (y/n) y
Copying and verifying image to USB device
Finished 515 MB in 136 seconds (3.7MB/s)
0 block(s) re-written due to verification failure
Installing grub to USB device /dev/rdsk/c5t0d0s0
Completed copy to USB

root@solaris11:/# umount /media/PENDRIVE-1

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