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Boot Disk Management: A Guide for the Solaris™ Operating Environment

Book Description

  • Enhance system reliability with reference configurations

  • Effectively use Solstice DiskSuite or VERITAS Volume Manager to manage your boot disk

  • Speed system recovery operations

Boot Disk Management examines the life cycle of the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and its boot disk. Recommendations and methods for selecting hardware and partitioning the Solaris OE boot disk are presented in detail. Additionally, this book provides recommendations for installing the Solaris OE, as well as recommendations for managing Solaris OE upgrades with Live Upgrade.

This book also provides best practices for selecting a logical volume manager and configuring Solstice DiskSuite (also known as Solaris Volume Manager) or VERITAS Volume Manager to manage the Solaris OE boot disk. The reference configurations presented demonstrate how these recommendations can be used to help improve system reliability, serviceability, and recovery time.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Preface
  4. Partitioning Boot Disks
    1. Hardware Selection Criteria
    2. Boot Process Overview
    3. Solaris 8 Operating Environment Installations
    4. Boot Disk Partitioning Recommendations
    5. Logical Volume Manager Requirements
    6. Swap Device Recommendations
    7. Summary
  5. Managing On-Disk OS Images
    1. Installing the Solaris Operating Environment
    2. Upgrading the Operating System
    3. Managing Patches
    4. Maintaining Firmware
    5. Maintaining OBP Aliases
    6. Summary
  6. Managing Solaris Operating Environment Upgrades
    1. Boot Environments
    2. Live Upgrade and Logical Volume Managers
    3. Using Live Upgrade
    4. Summary
  7. Configuring Boot Disks
    1. Configuration Principles
    2. Reference Configuration Features
    3. Reference Configuration Variations
    4. Summary
  8. Configuring a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager
    1. Introduction to VERITAS Volume Manager
    2. VxVM Requirements
    3. Resolving Problems With Default Boot Disk Installations
    4. Implementing the Reference Configuration
    5. Relocating Volume Components
    6. Summary
  9. Maintaining a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager
    1. Documenting Your Configuration
    2. Monitoring Systems
    3. Recovering From Disasters
    4. Managing Disk and Hardware Failures
    5. Moving Data From Failing Disks
    6. Reclaiming Control From the LVM
    7. Summary
  10. Configuring a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software
    1. Introduction to Solstice DiskSuite Software
    2. Solstice DiskSuite Software Requirements
    3. Implementing the Reference Configuration
    4. Summary
  11. Maintaining a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software
    1. Documenting Your Configuration
    2. Monitoring Systems
    3. Recovering From Disasters
    4. Managing Disk and Hardware Failures
    5. Recovering From Replica Failures
    6. Reclaiming Control From the LVM
    7. Summary
  12. Using Multiple Logical Volume Managers
    1. Rationale Behind Using Multiple LVMs
    2. Advantages of Using a Single LVM
    3. Understanding Application and Datacenter Needs
    4. Selecting an LVM Based on Application Requirements
    5. Summary
  13. Glossary