VMware Workstation 4.5.2, 5.0
VMware GSX Server 3.1, 3.2
1. Insert the Solaris x86 Platform Edition Installation CD in the CD-ROM drive.
2. Power on the virtual machine to start installing Solaris 9.
3. In most respects, you should follow the installation steps as you would for a
physical machine. The following steps outline the special choices you should make
for installation in a virtual machine. In particular, note that it is more
convenient to delay configuration of the KDM X server until near the end of
4. When you reach the screen titled Boot Solaris, press F4 to go to the Boot
5. At the Boot Tasks screen, use the arrow keys to navigate to View/Edit
Property Settings, press Enter to select it, then press F2.
6. At the View/Edit Property Settings screen, use the arrow keys to navigate
to ata-dma-enabled, press Enter to select it, then press F3 to change the value.
7. At the Specify Value prompt, type 1 and press Enter to enable DMA.
8. When you return to the View/Edit Property Settings screen, press F2. Then
on the Boot Tasks screen, press F3.
9. Choose CD if you are installing from the CD-ROM set and continue with the
normal installation steps.
10. When the kdmconfig - Introduction screen appears, press F4 to skip
configuration of the X server for now.
Note: It is important to skip configuration of the X server both at this point
and at the point mentioned in the next step. Wait until the third opportunity -
after all the software is installed - before configuring the X server.
11. After the first reboot and before installing the Solaris software, the
installer again displays the kdmconfig - Introduction screen. Again, press
F4 to skip configuration of the X server for now.
12. After installing all the software and rebooting, the installer again
displays the kdmconfig - Introduction screen. This time, press F2 to continue
with the configuration steps.
13. Press F2 to configure the video device and monitor.
14. Press Enter to select 16 color Standard VGA 640x480 (256K), then press F2
15. Use the arrow keys to move to Multifrequency 100KHz (up to 1600x1200 @ 80Hz),
press Enter to select it, then press F2 to continue.
16. Keep the default screen size of 17 inches and press F2 to continue.
17. Keep the default of No changes needed - Test/Save and Exit. Press F2 to
18. Press F4 to bypass the tests.
19. Continue with the normal installation steps.
This completes basic installation of the Solaris 9 guest operating system.