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Booting and Shutting Down Oracle Solaris 11.1 Systems     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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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)


Service Management Facility and Booting

SMF provides an infrastructure that augments the traditional UNIX startup scripts, init run levels, and configuration files. With the introduction of SMF, the boot process creates fewer messages now. Services do not display a message by default when they are started. All of the information that was provided by the boot messages can now be found in a log file for each service that is in /var/svc/log. You can use the svcs command to help diagnose boot problems. To generate a message when each service is started during the boot process, use the -v option with the boot command.

When a system is being booted you can select the milestone to boot to or select the level of error messages to be recorded. For instance:

Changes in Boot Behavior When Using SMF

Most of the features that are provided by SMF occur behind the scenes, so users are not typically aware of these features. Other features are accessed by new commands.

Here is a list of the behavior changes that are most visible: