Recently, a friend of mine asked me about setting up Studio 11 in Solaris within VMWare. So, I took some time to build an image for him.
Solaris Express, Developer Edition is easier to install than Solaris 10. It’s almost as simple as keep clicking Next or Enter key until you are done. I ran the installation in VMWare Server 1.02 environment. I assume you already familiar with VMWare and skipped a few VMWare setup steps. If you need help with that, read step 1 – 15 in this blog entry. Solaris Express, Developer Edition 02/07 requires 768MB of RAM. So make sure you allocate enough for this VM. Here are the steps:
1. Choose “Solaris Express, Developer Edition” at the boot menu.
2. Choose 1 for Solaris Interactive
3. Press F2 to continue (i.e. keep US-English Keyboard Layout)
4. Press Enter to continue
5. Press Enter to continue
6. Enter 1 for English
7. Select your time zone and click Next
8. Click Next to accept the time
9. Enter root password twice and click Next
10. Check Accept and click Next
11. If you don’t want localization, click click Next. Else, check any additional localization you want before click Next.
12. Click Next to accept the default disk for partition customization
13. Click Next to accept the default primary partition configuration (i.e. the first partition should be Solaris with all the space you allocated for it.)
14. You may either keep the default partition or change it anyway you like. Here is how I did mine: Choose c1t0d0 node and click Modify button. Remove /export/home partition. Specify 4GB for swap (this is necessary if you want to install Java ES 5 later. If not, specify 2 x the amount of RAM you allocated for the VM. If there are still extra space left after specified new swap space, add rest of the free space to root (/). Click OK and then Next.
15. Click Install Now.
16. Click Reboot Now at end of the installation.
On your first boot, you might want to login to the console as root for the system to automatically go through “post install setup”. You might want to also install VMware Tools. If you need help with that, see Appendix A in this blog entry. I had to comment out unwanted extra large resolution listings in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf in order to keep the resolution at 1024×768. Perhaps this could be a minor RFE for VMWare team.