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Booting and Shutting Down Oracle Solaris on SPARC Platforms     Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library
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1.  Booting and Shutting Down a SPARC Based System (Overview)

What's New in Booting and Shutting Down a System

Administratively Provided driver.conf Files

Fast Reboot on SPARC Platforms

Booting and Shutting Down a SPARC Based System (Topic Map)

Guidelines for Booting a System

Reasons to Boot a System

Service Management Facility and Booting

Changes in Behavior When Using SMF

How Run Levels Work

What Happens When a System Is Booted to a Multiuser State (Run Level 3)

When to Use Run Levels or Milestones

Overview of the Oracle Solaris Boot Architecture

Description of the SPARC Boot Process

SPARC Boot Phases

2.  Booting a SPARC Based System to a Specified State (Tasks)

3.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

4.  Rebooting a SPARC Based System (Tasks)

5.  Booting a SPARC Based System From the Network (Tasks)

6.  Modifying Boot Parameters on a SPARC Based System (Tasks)

7.  Creating, Administering, and Booting From ZFS Boot Environments on SPARC Platforms (Tasks)

8.  Keeping a SPARC Based System Bootable (Tasks)

9.  Troubleshooting Booting a SPARC Based System (Tasks)


Guidelines for Booting a System

Keep the following in mind when you boot a system:

Reasons to Boot a System

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

Table 1-2 Reasons for Booting a System

Reason for a System Boot
Appropriate Boot Option
For More Information
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 a multiuser state (run level 3 with SMB or NFS resources shared)
Perform file system maintenance, such as backing up or restoring system data.
Press Control-D from a single-user state (run level S) to bring the system back to a multiuser state (run level 3)
Repair a system configuration file such as /etc/system.
Interactive boot
Add or remove hardware from the system.
Reconfiguration boot (turn on system power after adding or removing devices, if devices are not hot-pluggable)
Recover from a hung system and force a crash dump.
Recovery boot
Boot the system by using the kernel debugger (kmdb) to track down a system problem.
Booting kmdb