Friday, October 2, 2009

Configuring Sun Solaris x86 in vmware for 64 bit

By default when you install SunSolaris x86 both 32 bit and 64 bit is provided. When configuring it within VMWare we can also select whether we want to have 32 bit or 64 bit.

However, even after selecting that we sometimes end up with 32 bit. The reason is the BIOS setting, we need to go into the bios of the computer and enable Virtual Machine support. Only after that will the Solaris run in 64 bit. Even if you have installed it previously when the bios Virtual machine support is not turned on.

To check if it is running 64 bit, just type:

/usr/bin/isainfo -kv

If it is 64 bit, you will see the output as follows:

64-bit amd64 kernel modules

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