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Solaris Volume Manager Administration Guide
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1.  Getting Started With Solaris Volume Manager

2.  Storage Management Concepts

3.  Solaris Volume Manager Overview

What's New in Solaris Volume Manager

Introduction to Solaris Volume Manager

How Solaris Volume Manager Manages Storage

How to Administer Solaris Volume Manager

How to Access the Solaris Volume Manager Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Solaris Volume Manager Requirements

Overview of Solaris Volume Manager Components

Overview of Volumes

Classes of Volumes

How Volumes Are Used

Example--Volume That Consists of Two Slices

Volume and Disk Space Expansion Using the growfs Command

Volume Names

Volume Name Guidelines

State Database and State Database Replicas

Hot Spare Pools

Disk Sets

Solaris Volume Manager Configuration Guidelines

General Guidelines

File System Guidelines

Overview of Creating Solaris Volume Manager Components

Prerequisites for Creating Solaris Volume Manager Components

Overview of Multi-Terabyte Support in Solaris Volume Manager

Large Volume Support Limitations

Using Large Volumes

Upgrading to Solaris Volume Manager

4.  Solaris Volume Manager for Sun Cluster (Overview)

5.  Configuring and Using Solaris Volume Manager (Scenario)

6.  State Database (Overview)

7.  State Database (Tasks)

8.  RAID-0 (Stripe and Concatenation) Volumes (Overview)

9.  RAID-0 (Stripe and Concatenation) Volumes (Tasks)

10.  RAID-1 (Mirror) Volumes (Overview)

11.  RAID-1 (Mirror) Volumes (Tasks)

12.  Soft Partitions (Overview)

13.  Soft Partitions (Tasks)

14.  RAID-5 Volumes (Overview)

15.  RAID-5 Volumes (Tasks)

16.  Hot Spare Pools (Overview)

17.  Hot Spare Pools (Tasks)

18.  Disk Sets (Overview)

19.  Disk Sets (Tasks)

20.  Maintaining Solaris Volume Manager (Tasks)

21.  Best Practices for Solaris Volume Manager

22.  Top-Down Volume Creation (Overview)

23.  Top-Down Volume Creation (Tasks)

24.  Monitoring and Error Reporting (Tasks)

25.  Troubleshooting Solaris Volume Manager (Tasks)

A.  Important Solaris Volume Manager Files

B.  Solaris Volume Manager Quick Reference

C.  Solaris Volume Manager CIM/WBEM API


Upgrading to Solaris Volume Manager

Solaris Volume Manager fully supports seamless upgrade from Solstice DiskSuite versions 4.1, 4.2, and 4.2.1. Make sure that all volumes are in Okay state (not “Needs Maintenance” or “Last Erred”) and that no hot spares are in use. You do not need to do anything else special to Solaris Volume Manager for the upgrade to work—it is not necessary to change the configuration or break down the root mirror. When you upgrade your system, the Solstice DiskSuite configuration will be brought forward and will be accessible after upgrade through Solaris Volume Manager tools.

The Solaris 10 OS introduced the Service Management Facility (SMF), which provides an infrastructure that augments the traditional UNIX start-up scripts, init run levels, and configuration files. When upgrading from a previous version of the Solaris OS, verify that the SMF services associated with Solaris Volume Manager are online. If the SMF services are not online, you might encounter problems when administering Solaris Volume Manager.

To check the SMF services associated with Solaris Volume Manager, use the following form of the svcs command:

# svcs -a |egrep "md|meta"
disabled       12:05:45 svc:/network/rpc/mdcomm:default
disabled       12:05:45 svc:/network/rpc/metamed:default
disabled       12:05:45 svc:/network/rpc/metamh:default
online         12:05:39 svc:/system/metainit:default
online         12:05:46 svc:/network/rpc/meta:default
online         12:05:48 svc:/system/fmd:default
online         12:05:51 svc:/system/mdmonitor:default

If the Solaris Volume Manager configuration consists of a local set only, then these services should be online:


If the Solaris Volume Manager configuration includes disk sets, then these additional services should be online:


If the Solaris Volume Manager includes multi-node disk sets, then this service should be online in addition to the other services already mentioned:


For more information on SMF, see Chapter 14, Managing Services (Overview), in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.