The Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager User's Guide contains information about the Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM) system controller. This controller enables you to remotely manage and administer Netratrademark servers. You should be an experienced system administrator with a knowledge of UNIX® commands.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1 introduces Sun Advanced Lights Out Manager (ALOM).

Chapter 2 tells you how to customize the software for your server using ALOM.

Chapter 3 introduces some common tasks that are easily done with ALOM.

Chapter 4 explains the ALOM command line interface.

Chapter 5 details configuration variables you can use to change ALOM behavior.

Chapter 6 discusses the scadm utility, which is part of the Solaristrademark operating environment, and can be used to perform many ALOM tasks while logged in to the server.

Chapter 7 briefly identifies elements of OpenBoot PROM you may use to support ALOM.

Appendix A identifies the diagnostics and how they may be used to troubleshoot problems with ALOM.

Appendix B gives information on the ALOM watchdog timer feature.

Using UNIX Commands

This document might not contain information on basic UNIX commands and procedures such as shutting down the system, booting the system, and configuring devices.

See one or more of the following for this information:

Typographic Conventions





The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output

Edit your.login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

% You have mail.


What you type, when contrasted with on-screen computer output

% su



Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasized. Replace command-line variables with real names or values.

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be superuser to do this.

To delete a file, type rm filename.


Shell Prompts



C shell


C shell superuser


Bourne shell and Korn shell


Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser


ALOM system controller


OpenBoot PROM firmware


Related Documentation

For more information about how ALOM works with your host server, refer to the documentation that came with your host server. The following documentation provides information about how to perform certain tasks related to ALOM.



Performing diagnostic tests

SunVTS User's Guide

SunVTS Quick Reference Guide

SunVTS Test Reference Manual

Sun Management Center Software User's Guide

System and network administration

Solaris System Administrator Guide

SPARC: Installing Solaris Software

Using operating system environment

Solaris User's Guide

You can find the documentation listed above in the Solaris documentation package included with the Solaris operating environment, or on the Computer Systems Supplement CD included with your system hardware.

The man pages for the scadm command are on the S8/HW 7/03 Supplement CD in the following directory: /cdrom/solaris8_hw0703_suppcd#1/Man_Page_Supplement/Product/

To load these man pages, perform a pkgadd for the package named SUNWs8hwman. The Solaris 8 HW Specific Additions On-line Man Pages will be loaded. For additional information, refer to the instructions included with the Supplement CD and to the Solaris Operating Environment media kit.

Accessing Sun Documentation

You can view, print, or purchase a broad selection of Sun documentation, including localized versions, at:

You can find the ALOM on-line documentation in the following locations:

Contacting Sun Technical Support

If you have technical questions about this product that are not answered in this document, go to:

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