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Need to practice installing Solaris 10 on a Windows laptop

I need practice installing Solaris 10 on a x86 laptop with Virtualbox(Redhat 5) installed.  I have unix/linux experience.  I am having trouble determining from the Oracle website which Solaric OS to download. Please point me to the correct Solaris 10 OS to download to practice installing?
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KimputerCommented:
Just download the standard link here: www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris10/downloads/index.html

It's the iso image you want, you can burn a dvd, or just mount it. Below is a link for some vm images. Very handy to save time (no need to install, just start the vm), except you will miss the installation part, exactly that what you want to practice.
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rindiCommented:
Make sure you don't download the SPARC version, but rather the x86 version which will run on x86 based PC's like windows requires too.

Alternatively you can also download the Solaris VirtualBox template, which is a pre-installed version prepared for VirtualBox:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/vmtemplates-vmvirtualbox-1949721.html
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gumball60Author Commented:
Kimputer, how do you mount the iso image?
Rindi—How is virtualbox template useful for practing Solaris?
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rindiCommented:
You don't have to do the installation from scrap. It is already an installed VM for VirtualBox, and you just need to use "Import Appliance" and select the file you downloaded. You can the run it and start practicing right away, without actually having to do the installation first.

To mount an iso file in VirtualBox, you select "Settings" of the VM, then "Storage", then you click on the CD drive which probably is "empty", and then under "Attributes" you click on the CD icon, and then choose the a virtual CD/DVD disk file...
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gheistCommented:
Most likely you need Solaris x86_64 iso image
Or you can download one of 20 solaris developer machines.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also for learning and flexibility, give consideration to VMware Workstation. It is top of class, and installing from an ISO is dead easy in the Install Machine setup routine. I have built several Linux boxes this way with no issue.

If it is within your budget, please get a 64-bit machine and 64-bit OS. You can run faster and have more memory this way. My X230 ThinkPad has 8Gb of memory (16Gb with the addition of one module) and can run Host plus 2 or 3 machines simultaneously. You really cannot do this on an x86 base.
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gumball60Author Commented:
I could not start Solaris on VirtualBox. All the computers that I am working on are 32 bit. I think the Solaris image that is only available from Oracle is 64 bit.
On Red Hat 6.4 OS with VirtualBox---
However, here are my results from
Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Solaris10_1-13.(laptop)
Implementation of the USB 2.0 controller not found!
Because the USB 2.0 controller state is part of the saved VM state, the VM cannot be started. To fix this problem, either install the ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack’ or disable USB 2.0 support in the VM settings(Verr_Not_Found).

On Windows7 OS with VirtualBox---(Desktop)
Error relaunching VirtualBox VM process:5
Command line: '81954AF5-4D2F-31EB-A142-B7AF187A1C41-SUPLIB-2NDCHILD
--comment "CS50 Appliance 19_1" --startvm
e1971bc0-0443-4b19-98a1-50e50083167e --no-startvm-errormsgbox'
(rc=-104)

Can you see the problem?

I am now installing VMWare Workstation..........
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No 32-bit will run a 64-bit guest. That will not work. 64-bit hosts, on the other hand, can run 32-bit guests.  

If you get VMware Workstation running (generally easy to do), then be sure you have a 32-bit guest (even including some other version of Linux) and it should install just fine.

Please let us know and we can try to help.
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gheistCommented:
It complains that you need to download and install virtualbox extension pack.
Can you post what cpu-z from cpuid.com shows for your processor? In general 64bit CPU will run (at some performance punishment) 64bit guest on 32bit system if CPU has virtualisation extension supported and enabled.
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rindiCommented:
You should use a 64bit OS to run a 64 bit VM.

Install the extension pack as mentioned in your message above, or disable USB devices in the settings (but the extension pack should nevertheless always be installed anyway).
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gheistCommented:
Solaris 10 is 32bit too.
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gumball60Author Commented:
Where is the download iso located?
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gumball60Author Commented:
gheist...The x86 iso  on that link appears to be only 64 bit.  That iso is one that has been failing me.
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rindiCommented:
How old is your hardware? If like gheist has already mentioned, if your CPU has certain options available, like VT-x extensions etc, you can run 64 bit versions within a 32 bit host. But as those extensions usually are disabled by default in the BIOS, you must first enable it.
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gheistCommented:
Can you get a Alt+Printscreen of first screen of CPU-Z with your CPU model as some compressed image here?
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gheistCommented:
Uff Redhat 5.

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
# uname -r

where i said printscreen...

Also did you install virtualbox using repo or rpm, and if you have dkms installed.
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gumball60Author Commented:
gheist...After installing VMWare Workstation...I am now able to install the Solaris image.  The iso must be 32/64 bit capatible.  Thanks everyone, your help was invaluable.  I will continue working the Virtualbox issue separately. Ticket Closed
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@gumball60  - Thanks for the update and I am glad VMware worked for you.

However there is no such thing as "ticket closed" here. We are just volunteers and not a service desk.

So if you are done, you should close the question.
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gheistCommented:
Virtualbox is opensource except the extensions(USB2.0 and RDP) that you did not install.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@gumball60  - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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