Boot environment. A bootable instance of the Oracle Solaris image. A BE can contain additional installed software packages.
A special pool on firmware-accessible devices that contains the set of files required to boot the Oracle Solaris kernel for a BE. Each dataset in the boot pool is linked to a BE. See also BE and pool.
Most commands (such as boot) that require a device name accept either a full device path name or a device alias. In this book, the term device-specifier indicates that either a device path name or a device alias is acceptable for such commands.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. Software that automatically assigns IP addresses to clients on a TCP/IP network.
Embedded USB. A flash-based drive designed specifically to be used as a boot device. An eUSB does not provide storage for applications or customer data.
See Oracle ILOM.
A networking communications standard that features very high throughput and very low latency.
Internet protocol over InfiniBand.
Internet small computer system interface. An IP-based storage networking standard that enables a system to access storage across a network. In an iSCSI network, the remote storage is called the iSCSI target.
Most significant bit. The oem-logo variable is a 512-byte array, containing a total of 4096 bits arranged in a 64 x 64 array. Each bit controls one pixel. The MSB of the first byte controls the upper-left corner pixel. The next bit controls the pixel to the right of it, and so on.
You can use the nvramrc configuration variable to store user-defined FORTH commands that are executed during start-up. The contents of the variable are called the NVRAMRC script.
Oracle firmware that enables a PDomain to boot the Oracle Solaris OS. Provides an interface for testing hardware and software interactively.
Oracle Integrated Lights Out Manager. The system management firmware that is preinstalled on the SPs.
A logical group of devices describing the layout and physical characteristics of the available storage. Storage space for datasets is allocated from a pool. ZFS uses a model where storage devices are aggregated into a storage pool. See also boot pool and root pool.
Power-on self-test. Diagnostic software that runs when the system is initialized from a reset or power-on.
In a PCIe device path, the root port is always the second element (for example, /pci@300/pci@0).
The terms domain, guest, and virtual machine are often used interchangeably. A domain is a configurable set of resources, including memory, virtual CPUs, network devices, and disk devices, in which virtual machines run. A domain is granted virtual resources and can be started, stopped and restarted independently of other domains and of the host server itself. A guest is a virtualized operating system running within a domain. In this document, domain, guest and virtual machine are all referred to as virtual machines in which OpenBoot Firmware runs.