The SmartOS install process is very straighforward, with only a few questions that need to be answered.
- DNS/NTP servers
- Zpool Layout
- Root password
- Boot Media
Here's a basic example of this process. Note, this example uses the serial
console, so the
loader screen looks less fancy than you would see with an
dhcp or enter an IP address. If you enter an IP you will also be
prompted for a subnet mask.
You will be prompted for a default gateway. If you chose
none for the gateway, otherwise enter the IP.
By default, DNS servers will be
126.96.36.199. You may change this if
you have closer DNS servers, but the default should work fine for most
installations. You will also need to provide a dns search domain. There is no
default. This doesn't really matter, so you can put
you don't have another preferred search domain.
By default NTP will be configured to use
0.smartos.pool.ntp.org. If you're
going to use
ntp.org, you should leave the default. Only change this if you
don't want to use ntp.org at all.
SmartOS will intelligently pick a default layout. In most cases, the default
layout will be best. You may also choose to select
automatic layouts, or choose
manual to drop to a shell and create the
pool yourself. The only requirement is that the pool is named
Note: if you don't manually create the pool, the pool doesn't get created until all setup choices are selected and confirmed at the end.
Pretty much like everywhere else, type in the same password twice. You will not see the password on the screen.
You can use any valid hostname you like.
By default SmartOS boots from read-only media, usually an ISO or USB drive. You may instead choose to boot from the zpool.
noneto boot using removable media.
zonesto boot using the zpool.
If you choose
none you can later switch to booting from the zpool using
SmartOS uses the
pkgsrc package management system that is also use by
NetBSD. You may decline to install pkgsrc, but it is almost always preferred.
If you decide not to install pkgsrc at this time, you can install it at any
later time by running
pkgsrc-setup in the global zone.
A summary of your choices will be displayed. If you need to make changes setup will start over with your previous choises now set as the default.
Once you confirm your choices, the zpool will be created, config file written and the system will reboot.