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Quick Start

The best method for using SmartOS under VirtualBox is to download the latest USB image and convert it to a VMDK disk image:

$ bunzip2 smartos-20130808T195337Z-USB.img.bz2
$ VBoxManage convertfromraw smartos-20130808T195337Z-USB.img smartos-20130808T195337Z.vmdk --format VMDK
Converting from raw image file="smartos-20130808T195337Z-USB.img" to file="smartos-20130808T195337Z.vmdk"...
Creating dynamic image with size 2000000000 bytes (1908MB)...

In VirtualBox, create a New machine. Set the OS as "Solaris 11 64bit". Attach the VMDK you just created as the boot drive. (Give the VM at least 2GB of RAM, preferably more.)

Before booting the machine, go to the "Storage Section and add another hard disk (at least 20GB in size, preferably more) named "Zpool", VMDK type, for your ZFS pool.

Some other recommended configuration changes are:

  • Disable Audio
  • Disable "Enable absolute pointing device"
  • Enable PAE/NX
  • Ensure Network is enable on Adapter 1 is of Type "Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop"..

When you boot the machine and do the initial configuration ensure that you use the secondary disk (likely named "c0t2d0") as your Zpool.

Detailed Guide

The following links detail setup, configuration, and runtime of SmartOS within a sandboxed / self-contained VirtualBox environment.

Your mileage may vary when attempting to use any of these link. Your use of these links is at your own risk.


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