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Creating and Administering Oracle Solaris 11 Boot Environments     Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library
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1.  Introduction to Managing Boot Environments

Advantages to Maintaining Multiple Boot Environments

Tools for Managing Boot Environments

About the Package Manager

About the beadm Utility

beadm Utility Requirements

beadm Limitations in the Current Release

2.  beadm Zones Support

3.  Creating Boot Environments and Snapshots

4.  Administering Boot Environments

Chapter 1

Introduction to Managing Boot Environments

A boot environment is a bootable instance of the Oracle Solaris operating system image plus any other application software packages installed into that image. System administrators can maintain multiple boot environments on their systems, and each boot environment can have different software versions installed.

Upon the initial installation of the Oracle Solaris release onto a system, a boot environment is created. You can use the beadm(1M) utility to create and administer additional boot environments on your system.

Note - In addition, the Package Manager GUI provides some options for managing boot environments.

Note the following distinctions relevant to boot environment administration: