Beginning with the Solaris 9 9/04 release, the metaimport command enables you to import disk sets, including replicated disk sets, into existing Solaris Volume Manager configurations that have device ID support in the disk set. You can also use the metaimport command to report on disk sets that are available for import.
Replicated disk sets are created using remote replication software. In order for a replicated disk set to be imported with the metaimport command, the slice containing the state database replica for each disk in the disk set must also be replicated onto the same slice of the replicated disk set. This corresponds to slice 7 for non-EFI disks and slice 6 for EFI disks. Before replicating a disk set, make sure that the disk configurations of the data to be replicated and of the remote site match. This step ensures that both the state database replica and the data are replicated accurately.
The metaimport command also does not import a disk in a disk set if the disk does not contain a volume or a state database replica. This scenario occurs if a volume or a state database replica have not been added to a disk or have been deleted from a disk. In this case, when you import the disk set to another system, you would find that the disk is missing from the disk set. For example, maximum of 50 state database replicas are allowed per Solaris Volume Manager disk set. If you have 60 disks in a disk set, the 10 disks that do not contain a state database replica must contain a volume in order to be imported with the disk set.
For tasks associated with importing a disk set, see Importing Disk Sets.
In a Sun Cluster environment, the metaimport command is not available.