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User's Guide for Patch Set 8 and Subsequent Compatible Releases
The bootable CD contains an ISO image of the tool, which you can use for booting, irrespective of the native environment on the machine under test. An ISO image is an image for an optical disk that has been created using the conventional ISO format. This format is based on the ISO 9660 file system, usually used with CD-ROM media. The format is supported on most platforms. It allows a platform independent means to describe the contents of a CD.
The VTS bootable CD image contains the following:
Oracle Solaris operating system released with this tool. Oracle Solaris packages not needed by the tool have been removed.
System diagnostics tool (SUNWvts, SUNWvtsmn, SUNWvtsr, SUNWvtsts)
HD tool (SUNWhd): Contains the hard disk drive utility for x86 systems, which enables you to determine the logical-to-physical device mapping of the system. For more information on the HD utility, go to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/indexes/documentation and search for Hd utility.
ssh and bash packages (SUNWsshu and SUNWbash)
Python packages (SUNWPython, SUNWPython-devel, SUNWPython-share, SUNWlxml-python, and SUNWlxsl-python)
IPMI tool package (SUNWipmi)
The bootable CD environment presents some challenges for testing the hardware that are not present in the conventional environment where the tool is run from the disk. In the bootable CD environment, the memory in the system is used to run the image. Below are some limitations that you might encounter with the bootable CD environment.
The bootable image only supports the 64-bit environment, that is, the operating system is booted in 64-bit mode.
If you want to save the test logs for future reference, the log files need to be saved onto a disk or moved over the network to another location. Two possible setups: Mount the existing disk on the system and copy the files to the disk. Plumb the interface and ftp the files to a known system on the network.
Memory Test: The amount of physical memory that testing can cover is going to be limited due to the footprint of the bootable image. Additionally, when memory tests are run with other tests in the system, the tests will be allocating and using memory with some reserve amount. This enables all tests to run simultaneously without a severe effect on performance.
Media Test: Since the system is booted off the CD, testing of that device is done with READ-only operations. Otherwise, the disk might get corrupted.
Note - To obtain a complete report of all FMA-generated events, with error messages, use the VTSreportgenerate utility.