Oracle® VM Server for SPARC 3.3 Administration Guide

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Updated: October 2015

Logical Domains Variable Persistence

Variable updates persist across a reboot but not across a power cycle unless the variable updates are either initiated from OpenBoot firmware on the control domain or followed by saving the configuration to the SC.

    Note the following conditions:

  • When the control domain reboots, if there are no bound guest domains and no delayed reconfiguration in progress, the SC performs a power cycle of the system.

  • When the control domain reboots, if guest domains are bound or active (or the control domain is in the middle of a delayed reconfiguration), the SC does not perform a power cycle of the system.

    Logical Domains variables for a domain can be specified using any of the following methods:

  • At the OpenBoot prompt.

  • Using the Oracle Solaris OS eeprom(1M) command.

  • Using the Logical Domains Manager CLI (ldm).

  • In a limited fashion, from the system controller (SC) using the bootmode command. This method can be used for only certain variables, and only when in the factory-default configuration.

Variable updates that are made by using any of these methods should always persist across reboots of the domain. The variable updates also always apply to any subsequent domain configurations that were saved to the SC.

    In Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 software, variable updates do not persist as expected in a few cases:

  • All methods of updating a variable persist across reboots of that domain. However, they do not persist across a power cycle of the system unless a subsequent logical domain configuration is saved to the SC.

    However in the control domain, updates made using either OpenBoot firmware commands or the eeprom command do persist across a power cycle of the system even without subsequently saving a new logical domain configuration to the SC. The eeprom command supports this behavior on SPARC T5 servers, SPARC T7 series servers, SPARC M5 servers, SPARC M6 servers, and SPARC M7 series servers, and on SPARC T3 servers and SPARC T4 servers that run at least version 8.2.1 of the system firmware.

    If you are concerned about Logical Domains variable changes, do one of the following:

  • Bring the system to the ok prompt and update the variables.

  • Update the variables while the Logical Domains Manager is disabled:

    # svcadm disable ldmd
    update variables
    # svcadm enable ldmd
  • When running Live Upgrade, perform the following steps:

    # svcadm disable -t ldmd
    # luactivate be3
    # init 6

If you modify the time or date on a logical domain, for example, using the ntpdate command, the change persists across reboots of the domain but not across a power cycle of the host. To ensure that time changes persist, save the configuration with the time change to the SP and boot from that configuration.

The following Bug IDs have been filed to resolve these issues: 15375997, 15387338, 15387606, and 15415199.