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About This Book

1.  Oracle Solaris Management Tools (Road Map)

2.  Working With the Solaris Management Console (Tasks)

3.  Working With the Oracle Java Web Console (Tasks)

4.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Overview)

5.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Tasks)

6.  Managing Client-Server Support (Overview)

7.  Managing Diskless Clients (Tasks)

8.  Introduction to Shutting Down and Booting a System

9.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

Fundamentals of the Oracle Solaris Boot Design

Understanding the New SPARC Boot Architecture

Packing and Unpacking the Miniroot

Software Installation and Upgrades

Installation Memory Requirements

Changes to the Network Boot Server Setup Process

Support for Booting Multiple Kernels

Implementation of the Boot Archives on SPARC

x86: Administering the GRUB Bootloader

How GRUB Based Booting Works

GRUB Support for findroot Command

Booting From an Oracle Solaris ZFS Root File System

Installation Requirements for Oracle Solaris ZFS

How Booting From an Oracle Solaris ZFS Root File System Works

SPARC: Options That Support Booting From an Oracle Solaris ZFS Root File System

x86: Options That Support Booting From a ZFS Root File System

10.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

11.  Modifying Oracle Solaris Boot Behavior (Tasks)

12.  Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

13.  Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Tasks)

14.  Troubleshooting Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

15.  x86: GRUB Based Booting (Reference)

16.  x86: Booting a System That Does Not Implement GRUB (Tasks)

17.  Working With the Oracle Solaris Auto Registration regadm Command (Tasks)

18.  Managing Services (Overview)

19.  Managing Services (Tasks)

20.  Managing Software (Overview)

21.  Managing Software With Oracle Solaris System Administration Tools (Tasks)

22.  Managing Software by Using Oracle Solaris Package Commands (Tasks)

23.  Managing Patches

A.  SMF Services


Implementation of the Boot Archives on SPARC

The boot archives, previously only available on the x86 platform, are now an integral part of the SPARC boot architecture.

The bootadm command has been modified for use on the SPARC platform. This command functions the same as it does on the x86 platform. The bootadm command handles the details of archive update and verification. On the x86 platform the bootadm command updates the GRUB menu during an installation or system upgrade. You can also use the bootadm command to manually manage the boot archives.

The boot archive service is managed by the Service Management Facility (SMF). The service instance for the boot archive is svc:/system/boot-archive:default. To enable, disable, or refresh this service use the svcadm command. For information about managing services by using SMF, see Chapter 18, Managing Services (Overview).

On supported Solaris releases, for both SPARC and x86 based systems, there are two kinds of boot archives:

The files that are included in the SPARC boot archives are located in the /platform directory.

The contents of the /platform directory is divided into two groups of files:

For information about managing the boot archives, see Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Task Map).