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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)


Chapter 1

Booting and Shutting Down a SPARC Based System (Overview)

Oracle Solaris is designed to run continuously so that enterprise services, such as databases and web services, remain available as much as possible. This chapter provides guidelines for shutting down and booting a SPARC based system.

Note - This guide focuses primarily on booting and shutting down a single Oracle Solaris instance on servers and workstations. Information about booting and shutting down Oracle Solaris on systems that have service processors and systems that have multiple physical domains is not covered in detail in this document. For more information, see the product documentation for your specific hardware at

The following is a list of the information that is in this chapter:

For information about booting an x86 based system, see Booting and Shutting Down Oracle Solaris on x86 Platforms.