How About Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox – Windows 7 32 Bit Laptop

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7 I know this is too much to run Solaris server version on a laptop, but it became possible by desktop virtualization software VirtualBox. Let me explain the steps how I installed and setup working Solaris 10 on VirtualBox with Windows 7 32 Bit laptop.  Its not too hard, just follow the steps.

I cover the installation of VirtualBox additions  for Solaris 10, so you can get full screen, seamless mode and improved graphics performance.

Update – Here the updated guide of  installing and running latest Oracle Solaris 11.1 on VirtualBox with pre installed image – Windows 8 and 7

Lets Prepare Solaris 10 on VirtualBox with Windows 7

1) Download and install latest VB, read more here.

2) I’m not going to show the installation steps with DVD or ISO file. This method is slightly different and like plug and play method. You can download the installation package from Oracle website as DVD or Appliance image for VirtualBox. Here we will use second method  which can  save time and downloading bandwidth. Go to Oracle official site here and select the second option to download Solaris 10 for VirtualBox.

3) Extract the downloaded file, it will be in ovf (Open virtualization format package) which can be imported directly to VB and a VMDK file.

Open VirtualBox console and go to File then select Import Appliance.

4) Browse Solaris_10.u8.ovf file and click next. Pre configured settings will show up in next screen. Double click on each setting to change if you want. I didn’t change anything here.

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7

Click Finish and Import the Virtual Machine.

5) Ready to run? Start VM and you have to go through some setup screens initially.  After restart you may land on working Solaris 10 on VirtualBox.  That’s it , main installation done within minutes.

6) Network worked out of the box. I configured Host Only Network adapter, it started communicating with Windows 7 host.

See Also

Fedora 13 on VirtualBox with Guest Additions

Ubuntu 10.04 on VirtualBox with Guest Additions

7) VirtualBox Guest additions for Solaris 10

Installation is very simple, Go to Devices and select Install Guest Additions option.

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7

This will mount built in ISO under / cdrom.

Open terminal and go inside VBoxAdditions CD. Type,

sh autorun.sh

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7

Above command will start the installation in different terminal, wait for successful message and restart VM.

8.) To confirm the Guest additions installation, Click on Machine in VB Menu and check seamless mode and full screen options.

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7

Anyhow, we should not worry about graphics in Solaris 10 since we will be using lot of commands which can be done by telnet from any host.

These simple steps and pre installed Solaris 10 VirtualBox image helped the installation quickly and able to run on laptop. Once you enable telnet, then you will get a feeling that you are working in real Oracle Solaris environment.

Feel free to share your issues and comments here.

Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox Windows 7

12 thoughts on “How About Installing Solaris 10 on VirtualBox – Windows 7 32 Bit Laptop”

  1. Hi Dinesh,
    Following your link to download the OVF file, seems Oracle does not provide it anymore.
    I downloaded the x86 Solaris package and tried to install it on my VirtualBox without success. The installation stopped just right after displaying OS version and the message error is “panic[cpu0]/thread=fec20720: page_unlock: page fe09e0d0 is not locked”.
    What is the virtual machine setting in your virtualbox? Is there anywhere else to download the OVF file?
    Thanks.

  2. Dinesh,

    Thanks for the provided link of the OVF. I’m downloading it.
    I’m using Inspiron 1525 Celeron, so I guess no hardware virtualization is supported. Is it the root cause of the error?

  3. Nice Article .
    I’ll be trying this @ home .
    I have Windows 7 Ultimate Edition . I hope this should not create Problems .

    Will keep you updated !!!

    Cheers !!!

    Ashish .A. Poojary

  4. @Dinesh ….
    Worked like a Gem .
    Had some problems initially due to Memory Constraints . But that got solved .

    Thnx Again .

    Regards,
    Ashish .A. Poojary

  5. Actually there are 2 prebuilt Solaris 10 VirtualBox appliances you can download from Sun.

    Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Virtual Machine for Oracle VM VirtualBox (1,908,558,533 bytes)
    http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/solaris/virtualization/Solaris10_9-10_VM.zip

    Solaris 10 10/09 Operating System VirtualBox Image (1,480.02 MB)
    http://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/VerifyItem-Start/Solaris10_1009_virtual_image.zip

    I’ve found that the October 2009 distro can be multithreaded download and I get average speed of about 300kbps down. The September 2010 distro can NOT be multithreaded and I only get about 50kbps throttled download. Both distros are a nice transparent install and I’ve had no issues using the following hardware:
    Dell Inspiron 1501
    Acer Aspire 5532

  6. This helped, since I did not have the memory set to 769BM, but once I did, I was able to install it as a VM system. Thanks

  7. This helped, since I did not have the memory set to 768MB, but once I did, I was able to install it as a VM system. Thanks

  8. hi

    what network adapter setting do you use. i cant seem to get mine to work i.e, cannot open a page in firefox

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