The OpenIndiana project is an enterprise operating system based on the illumos kernel, which is a fork of the OpenSolaris project. OpenIndiana is open source, free, and community driven, and because it is based on the OpenSolaris kernel, it supports my favorite file system – ZFS.
The project provides a USB image that will allow you to install the OS from a USB stick, which is great for an optical drive-less server. It is easiest to “burn” the image to a flash drive on a linux system, but it can be done on Windows as well.
This was supposed to be as easy as running the tool in step 9, but I found Windows 7 will not let it write out to an active volume. Here’s how to get it done:
- Plug in the flash drive you will use. Note: all data on this device will be destroyed by this process.
- Open an administrative command prompt: Start -> cmd -> right click -> Run as administrator.
- Run ‘diskpart’
- Figure out which volume is your flash drive using the ‘list volume’ command.
- Select the volume using ‘select volume #’ where # is the number of your volume as determined in step 4.
- Just to double check you have the right volume selected, run the ‘list partition’ command.
- Then run ‘delete volume’ and exit diskpart.
- Download the OpenIndiana USB install image from http://openindiana.org/download/
- Download the OpenSolaris Live USB creator from http://devzone.sites.pid0.org/OpenSolaris/opensolaris-liveusb-creator
- Extract it, run it, point it at your USB stick and the USB image, and let it rip.