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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

What's New in Shutting Down and Booting a System

Support for Fast Reboot on the SPARC Platform

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration Introduced

Automatic Boot Archive Recovery

SPARC Support for Install-Time Updates

Two-Terabyte Disk Support for Installing and Booting Oracle Solaris 10

Oracle Solaris ZFS Boot Support

x86: findroot Command

Support for Specifying Platform by Using bootadm Command

Redesign of SPARC Bootstrap Process

x86: Support for Using Power Button to Initiate System Shutdown

Where to Find Shut Down and Boot Tasks

Shut Down and Boot Terminology

Guidelines for Shutting Down a System

Guidelines for Booting a System

When to Shut Down a System

When to Boot a System

9.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

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


When to Boot a System

The following table lists system administration tasks and the corresponding boot option that is used to complete the task.

Table 8-2 Booting a System

Reason for System Reboot
Appropriate Boot Option
Information for SPARC Based Systems
Information for x86 Based Systems
Turn off system power due to anticipated power outage.
Turn system power back on.
Change kernel parameters in the /etc/system file.
Reboot the system to run level 3 (multiuser level with NFS resources shared).
Perform file system maintenance, such as backing up or restoring system data.
Press Control-D from run level S to bring the system back to run level 3.
Repair a system configuration file such as /etc/system.
Interactive boot.
Add or remove hardware from the system.
Reconfiguration boot (also to turn on system power after adding or removing hardware).
Boot the system by using the kernel debugger (kmdb) to track down a system problem.
Booting with the kmdb option.
Boot the system in failsafe mode to repair an important system file that is causing system boot failure.
Booting the failsafe archive.
To recover from a hung system and force a crash dump.
Performing a recovery boot