System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

x86: Booting a System (Task Map)




Boot an x86 based system to run level 3. 

Boot to run level 3. Used after shutting down the system or performing some system hardware maintenance task.  

x86: How to Boot a System to Run Level 3 (Multiuser Level)

Boot an x86 based system to single-user mode. 

Boot to run level S. Used after performing a system maintenance task such as backing up a file system.  

x86: How to Boot a System to Run Level S (Single-User Level)

Boot an x86 based system interactively. 

Boot interactively. Used after making temporary changes to a system file or the kernel for testing purposes. 

x86: How to Boot a System Interactively

Boot an x86 based system from the network. 

Used to boot a PXE or non-PXE device from the network with the default network configuration strategy. This method is used for booting a diskless client. 

x86: How to Boot a System From the Network

Solaris 10: Use the Device Configuration Assistant on an Oracle Solaris x86 based system.

Note –

Starting with the Solaris 10 1/06 release, the Device Configuration Assistant has been replaced by the GRUB menu.

Used after changing the hardware configuration of the system. This utility enables you to boot the Solaris system from a different boot device, configure new or incorrectly configured hardware, or perform other device-related or boot-related tasks. 

x86: How to Enter the Device Configuration Assistant

Boot a system for recovery purposes. 

Used to boot the system when a damaged file is preventing the system from booting. You might need to do one or both of the following to boot for recovery purposes: 

x86: How to Stop a System for Recovery Purposes

x86: Forcing a Crash Dump and Reboot of the System

x86: How to Boot a System for Recovery Purposes

Boot the system with the kernel debugger (kmdb).

Used to troubleshooting system problems  

x86: How to Boot a System With the Kernel Debugger (kmdb)

Troubleshoot boot problems on systems that have 64-bit computing capabilities. 

If you have hardware that requires the system to load one or more device drivers that are not available in 64-bit mode, booting the system to 64-bit mode could fail. You would then need to boot the system to 32-bit mode. 

x64: Troubleshooting a Failed 64-Bit Boot