This book provides an overview of the system and presents a step-by-step description of common administration procedures. It explains how to configure and manage the platform and domains. It also explains how to remove and replace components and perform firmware upgrades. It contains information about security, troubleshooting, and a glossary of technical terms.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1 describes domains and the system controller. It provides an overview of partitions and domains, redundant system components, and minimum system configurations. This chapter also provides an overview of reliability, serviceability, and availability.

Chapter 2 explains how to navigate between the platform and domain shells, between the Solaris operating environment and the domain shell, or between the OpenBoot PROM and the domain shell. This chapter also explains how to terminate a system controller session.

Chapter 3 explains how to power on and set up the system for the first time.

Chapter 4 explains how to create and start multiple domains.

Chapter 5 provides information on general administrative tasks, such as powering on and powering off the system. It also explains how to update firmware.

Chapter 6 presents information on security.

Chapter 7 describes the automatic diagnosis and domain restoration features of the firmware.

Chapter 8 describes how system controller failover works.

Chapter 9 describes the Capacity on Demand (COD) option and how to allocate, activate, and monitor COD resources.

Chapter 10 describes how to test boards.

Chapter 11 describes the firmware steps necessary to remove and install a
CPU/Memory board, I/O assembly, Compact PCI card, PCI card, Repeater board, System Controller board, and ID board/centerplane.

Chapter 12 provides troubleshooting information about system faults and procedures for gathering diagnostic information, recovering from a hung domain, and handling component failures.

Appendix A describes how to map device path names to physical system devices.

Appendix B provides examples of setting up an HTTP and FTP server.

Using UNIX Commands

This book assumes you are experienced with the UNIX® operating environment. If you are not experienced with the UNIX operating environment, see one or more of the following for this information:

This document describes the Solaris operating environment information specific to Sun Fire systems.

Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your.login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

% You have mail.


What you type, when contrasted with on-screen computer output

% su



Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasized. Replace command-line variables with real names or values.

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be superuser to do this.

To delete a file, type rm filename.

Shell Prompts



C shell


C shell superuser


Bourne shell and Korn shell


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser


Related Documentation

The documents listed as online are available at:

Type of Book


Part Number

Release Notes

Sun Fire Midrange Systems Firmware 5.20.0 Release Notes


System Controller

Sun Fire Midrange System Controller Command Reference Manual


Sun Management Center

Sun Management Center 3.5 Version 6 Supplement for Sun Fire Midrange Systems


Dynamic Reconfiguration

Sun Fire Midrange Systems Dynamic Reconfiguration User Guide



Sun Fire 6800/4810/4800/3800 Systems Overview Manual



Sun Fire E6900/E4900 Systems Overview Manual



Sun Fire 6800/4810/4800/3800 Systems Hardware Reference Manual



Sun Fire E6900/E4900 Systems Service Manual



Sun Fire 4810/4800/3800 System Cabinet Mounting Guide


Solaris operating environment

Sun Hardware Platform Guide

Varies with release

Solaris operating environment

Release Notes Supplement for Sun Hardware

Varies with release

Documentation, Support, and Training

Sun Function





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