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1.  Booting and Shutting Down a System (Overview)

What's New in Booting and Shutting Down a System

x86: GRUB 2 Is the Default Boot Loader

x86: Support for 64-Bit UEFI Firmware

Support for Booting From GPT Labeled Disks

Large Disk Installation Support

Support for Creating Boot Partitions Based on Firmware Type With the zpool create Command

iSCSI Boot

SPARC: End of Support for Most sun4u Platforms

Guidelines for Booting a System

Reasons to Boot a System

Overview of the Oracle Solaris Boot Architecture

Description of the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives

Description of the Boot Process

x86: Differences Between UEFI and BIOS Boot Methods

x86: Creating Boot Partitions That Support Systems With UEFI and BIOS Firmware

Service Management Facility and Booting

Changes in Boot Behavior When Using SMF

2.  x86: Administering the GRand Unified Bootloader (Tasks)

3.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

4.  Booting a System (Tasks)

5.  Booting a System From the Network (Tasks)

6.  Troubleshooting Booting a System (Tasks)


Chapter 1

Booting and Shutting Down a 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 overview information and guidelines for booting and shutting down an Oracle Solaris system. Any information in this chapter that applies only to SPARC or x86 based systems is identified as such.

Note - This book 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 book. For more information, see the product documentation for your specific hardware or configuration at

This is a list of the information that is in this chapter: