Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS


The Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS provides procedures for administering a SunTM Cluster configuration on both SPARC® and x86 based systems.

Note –

This Sun 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 experienced system administrators with extensive knowledge of Sun software and hardware. This document is not to be used as a planning or pre-sales guide.

The instructions in this book assume knowledge of the SolarisTM Operating System and expertise with the volume manager software used with Sun Cluster.

Using UNIX Commands

This document contains information on commands specific to administering a Sun Cluster configuration. This document might not contain complete information on basic UNIX® commands and procedures.

See one or more of the following for this information:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output 

Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.


What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output 

machine_name% su



Placeholder: replace with a real name or value 

The command to remove a file is rm filename.


Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P–2 Shell Prompts



C shell 


C shell for superuser 


Bourne shell and Korn shell 


Bourne shell and Korn shell for superuser 


Related Documentation

Information about related Sun Cluster topics is available in the documentation that is listed in the following table. All Sun Cluster documentation is available at




Sun Cluster Overview for Solaris OS


Sun Cluster Concepts Guide for Solaris OS

Hardware installation and administration 

Sun Cluster 3.1 - 3.2 Hardware Administration Manual for Solaris OS

Individual hardware administration guides 

Software installation 

Sun Cluster Software Installation Guide for Solaris OS

Data service installation and administration 

Sun Cluster Data Services Planning and Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Individual data service guides 

Data service development 

Sun Cluster Data Services Developer’s Guide for Solaris OS

System administration 

Sun Cluster System Administration Guide for Solaris OS

Error messages 

Sun Cluster Error Messages Guide for Solaris OS

Command and function references 

Sun Cluster Reference Manual for Solaris OS

For a complete list of Sun Cluster documentation, see the release notes for your release of Sun Cluster software at

Documentation, Support, and Training

The Sun web site provides information about the following additional resources:

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Getting Help

Contact your service provider if you have problems installing or using Sun Cluster. Provide the following information to your service provider.

Use the following commands to gather information on your system for your service provider:



prtconf -v

Displays the size of the system memory and reports information about peripheral devices 

psrinfo -v

Displays information about processors 

showrev -p

Reports which patches are installed 

SPARC: prtdiag -v

Displays system diagnostic information 

/usr/cluster/bin/clnode show-rev

Displays Sun Cluster release and package version information 

Also, have available the contents of the /var/adm/messages file.