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System Administration Guide: Basic Administration     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Overview)

2.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Tasks)

3.  Introduction to Shutting Down and Booting a System

What's New in Shutting Down and Booting a System

Support for Fast Reboot on the SPARC Platform

Automatic Boot Archive Recovery

GNOME Restart Dialog Support for Fast Reboot

Support for Fast Reboot on the x86 Platform

iSCSI Boot

Where to Find Shut Down and Boot Tasks

Shut Down and Boot Terminology

Guidelines for Shutting Down a System

Guidelines for Booting a System

When to Shut Down a System

When to Boot a System

4.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

5.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

6.  Modifying Oracle Solaris Boot Behavior (Tasks)

7.  Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

8.  Troubleshooting Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

9.  Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Tasks)

10.  x86: GRUB Based Booting (Reference)

11.  Managing Services (Overview)

12.  Managing Services (Tasks)


When to Boot a System

The following table lists system administration tasks and the corresponding boot option that is used to complete the task.

Table 3-2 Booting a System

Reason for System Reboot
Appropriate Boot Option
Information for SPARC Based Systems
Information for x86 Based Systems
Turn off system power due to anticipated power outage.
Turn system power back on
Change kernel parameters in the /etc/system file.
Reboot the system to run level 3 (multiuser level with NFS resources shared)
Perform file system maintenance, such as backing up or restoring system data.
Press Control-D from run level S to bring the system back to run level 3
Repair a system configuration file such as /etc/system.
Interactive boot
Add or remove hardware from the system.
Reconfiguration boot (turn on system power after adding or removing devices, if devices are not hot-pluggable)
Boot the system by using the kernel debugger (kmdb) to track down a system problem.
Booting kmdb
To recover from a hung system and force a crash dump.
Recovery boot