With all the preliminary checks and information covered, you have two decisions to make: which installer to use and how to configure your disk if you’re installing to bare metal. For each decision you have a few options.
Oracle provides three installation images for the Solaris 11/11 release, as shown in Table 1-3.
TABLE 1-3 Solaris 11/11 Downloadable Installation Images
If you want to run Solaris for your own use on a laptop or other PC hardware, you’ll want a graphical windowing system. The Live Media image suits that purpose. If you want to run a Solaris server, to which users ...