The Oracle Solaris Cluster Concepts Guide contains conceptual information about the Oracle Solaris Cluster product on both SPARC and x86 based systems.
Note - This Oracle Solaris Cluster release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures: UltraSPARC, SPARC64, AMD64, and Intel 64. In this document, x86 refers to the larger family of 64-bit x86 compatible products. Information in this document pertains to all platforms unless otherwise specified.
This document is intended for the following audiences:
Service providers who install and service cluster hardware
System administrators who install, configure, and administer Oracle Solaris Cluster software
Application developers who develop failover and scalable services for applications that are not currently included with the Oracle Solaris Cluster product
To understand the concepts that are described in this book, you should be familiar with the Oracle Solaris Operating System and have expertise with the volume manager software that you can use with the Oracle Solaris Cluster product.
You should determine your system requirements and purchase the required equipment and software. The Oracle Solaris Cluster Data Services Planning and Administration Guide contains information about how to plan, install, set up, and use the Oracle Solaris Cluster software.
The Oracle Solaris Cluster Concepts Guide contains the following chapters:
Chapter 1, Introduction and Overview provides an overview of the overall concepts that you need to know about Oracle Solaris Cluster.
Chapter 2, Key Concepts for Hardware Service Providers describes the concepts hardware service providers should understand. These concepts can help service providers understand the relationships between hardware components. These concepts can also help service providers and cluster administrators better understand how to install, configure, and administer cluster software and hardware.
Chapter 3, Key Concepts for System Administrators and Application Developers describes the concepts system administrators and developers who will use the Oracle Solaris Cluster application programming interface (API) should know. Developers can use this API to turn a standard user application, such as a web browser or database, into a highly available data service that can run in the Oracle Solaris Cluster environment.
Information about related Oracle Solaris Cluster topics is available in the documentation that is listed in the following table. All Oracle Solaris Cluster documentation is available at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/documentation/index.html.
For a complete list of Oracle Solaris Cluster documentation, see the release notes for your version of Oracle Solaris Cluster software.
If you have problems installing or using the Oracle Solaris Cluster software, contact your service provider and provide the following information:
Your name and email address (if available)
Your company name, address, and phone number
The model and serial numbers of your systems
The release number of the operating system (for example, the Solaris 10 OS)
The release number of Oracle Solaris Cluster software (for example, 3.3)
Use the following commands to gather information about your systems for your service provider.
Also have available the contents of the /var/adm/messages file.
See the following web sites for additional resources:
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The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.
Table P-1 Typographic Conventions
The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.
Table P-2 Shell Prompts