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Boot Disk Management : A Guide for the Solaris Operating Environment

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  • Enhance system reliability with reference configurations
  • Effectively use Solstice DiskSuite or VERITAS Volume Manager to manage your boot disk
  • Speed system recovery operations

Boot Disk Management examines the life cycle of the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and its boot disk. Recommendations and methods for selecting hardware and partitioning the Solaris OE boot disk are presented in detail. ...

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Overview

  • Enhance system reliability with reference configurations
  • Effectively use Solstice DiskSuite or VERITAS Volume Manager to manage your boot disk
  • Speed system recovery operations

Boot Disk Management examines the life cycle of the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and its boot disk. Recommendations and methods for selecting hardware and partitioning the Solaris OE boot disk are presented in detail. Additionally, this book provides recommendations for installing the Solaris OE, as well as recommendations for managing Solaris OE upgrades with Live Upgrade.

This book also provides best practices for selecting a logical volume manager and configuring Solstice DiskSuite (also known as Solaris Volume Manager) or VERITAS Volume Manager to manage the Solaris OE boot disk. The reference configurations presented demonstrate how these recommendations can be used to help improve system reliability, serviceability, and recovery time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130621535
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Blueprint Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN S. HOWARD is a Senior Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems working in the Enterprise Engineering group. He has over 19 years' experience in software engineering and systems administration on a diverse array of platforms. John is currently working on projects for enhancing system availability and serviceability.

DAVID DEETHS has worked in Sun's Enterprise Engineering group for four years. His work has focused primarily on clusters and high-availability systems. He is coauthor of the Sun BluePrint book The Sun Cluster Environment: Sun Cluster 2.2 and has published numerous online articles on a variety of topics. David holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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Preface

This book is one of an on-going series of books collectively known as the SunBluePrints Program. The Boot Disk Management BluePrint focuses on the boot diskof the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and serves as a replacement for theSun BluePrints book titled, Guide to High Availability, Configuring boot/ root/ swap.This book will explain how to select a boot device, partition and lay out a filesystem, select and use a volume manager, and recover from service events andoutages.

Sun BluePrints Program

The mission of the Sun BluePrints Program is to empower Sun's customers with thetechnical knowledge required to implement reliable, extensible, and secureinformation systems within the datacenter using Sun products. This programprovides a framework to identify, develop, and distribute best practices informationthat applies across the Sun product lines. Experts in technical subjects in variousareas contribute to the program and focus on the scope and usefulness of theinformation.

The Sun BluePrints Program includes books, guides, and online articles. Throughthese vehicles, Sun can provide guidance, installation and implementationexperiences, real-life scenarios, and late-breaking technical information.

The monthly electronic magazine, Sun BluePrints OnLine, is located on the Web athttp://www.sun.com/blueprints. To be notified about updates to the SunBluePrints Program, please register yourself on this site.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is primarily intended for system administrators, system/IT/enterprisearchitects, and integrators with moderate-to-advanced knowledge of the Solaris OEas well as basic knowledge of VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) or SolsticeDiskSuite software.

Before You Read This Book

You should be familiar with the basic administration and maintenance functions ofthe Solaris OE.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapters 1 through 3 of this book outline the boot process and installation methods,present methods for managing the on-disk operating system (OS), and introducetechniques for upgrading the Solaris OE.

Chapters 4 and 9 contain information about the reference configuration presented inthis book and methods for selecting and using logical volume managers (LVMs).Chapters 5 and 6 provide VxVM-specific information, while Chapters 7 and 8address Solstice DiskSuite software-specific issues. Read the appropriate chapters forinformation about the LVM in use at your site. Read Chapter 9 for best-practicerecommendations for implementing LVMs in your datacenter.

Chapter 1 "Partitioning Boot Disks," examines the basics of boot disk selection,layout, and partitioning.

Chapter 2 "Managing On-Disk OS Images," provides best practices andrecommendations for managing the on-disk OS image. It includes recommendationsfor installing, maintaining, and patching the Solaris OE with or without an LVMmanaging the boot disk.

Chapter 3 "Managing Solaris Operating Environment Upgrades," introduces LiveUpgrade (LU) and provides best practices for using LU to upgrade the Solaris OEwith minimal downtime and minimal impact to the user or applications. Mostimportantly, LU provides a safe and consistent fall-back environment in case anupgrade or software installation fails.

Chapter 4 "Configuring Boot Disks," presents a reference configuration of the rootdisk and associated disks that emphasizes the value of configuring a system for highavailability and high serviceability.

Chapter 5 "Configuring a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable (RAS) configuration for a VxVM-managed boot disk that emphasizessimplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 6 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentstechniques for recovering and repairing a damaged VxVM-managed boot disk.

Chapter 7 "Configuring a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable configuration for a Solstice DiskSuite software-managed boot disk thatemphasizes simplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 8 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentstechniques and procedures for recovering and repairing a damaged SolsticeDiskSuite software-managed boot disk.

Chapter 9 "Using Multiple Logical Volume Managers," addresses the use ofmultiple LVMs on the same system and strongly recommends that you implement asingle LVM on a system. Additionally, this chapter outlines several advantages tostandardizing on one LVM, including minimizing system complexity and speedingrecovery time.

Glossary is a list of words and phrases and their definitions.

Ordering Sun Documentation

The SunDocs program provides more than 250 manuals from Sun Microsystems,Inc. If you live in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Japan, you can purchasedocumentation sets or individual manuals through this program.

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.com Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentationonline. You can browse the docs.sun.com archive or search for a specific book titleor subject.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter ends with Summary.)

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

1. Partitioning Boot Disks.

Hardware Selection Criteria. Maturity of SCSI Technology. Independent Data Path and Power Feeds. High-Ship Volume. Flexibility. Boot Process Overview. Solaris 8 Operating Environment Installations. Solaris Web Start. JumpStart Technology. Interactive Installation. Server, Client, and Standalone Systems. Boot Disk Partitioning Recommendations. Operating System and Application Separation. Changes to Default Boot Disk Partitioning. Logical Volume Manager Requirements. Swap Device Recommendations. Interactive Installation Swap Allocation. JumpStart Software Swap Allocation. Backup Slice Configuration. Single Partition File Systems. Solaris 8 Operating Environment Boot Disk Layouts. Enhanced Security Boot Disk Layout.

2. Managing On-Disk OS Images.

Installing the Solaris Operating Environment. Standardizing and Automating Installations. Interactive Installation. System Type. Package Clusters. Cluster Table of Contents. Minimizing the Solaris Operating Environment. Upgrading the Operating System. Managing Patches. Sun Patch Check. PatchPro Expert. LU for Patch Testing and Implementation. Maintaining Firmware. Updating Firmware. Maintaining OBP Aliases. Replacing Disks and Updating Aliases. Backing Up OBP Settings.

3. Managing Solaris Operating Environment Upgrades.

Boot Environments. Live Upgrade and Logical Volume Managers. Using Live Upgrade. Creating and Populating a New Boot Environment. Upgrading the Alternate Boot Environment. Adding Software and Patches to the Alternate Boot Environment. Activating the New Operating Environment. Performing Sidegrades.

4. Configuring Boot Disks.

Configuration Principles. Doing the Difficult Work at Installation Time. Striving for Simplicity. Creating Consistency in All Things. Designing for Resiliency. Ensuring Recoverability. Weighing Costs Against Benefits. Reference Configuration Features. Reference Configuration Variations. Implementing Only a Mirrored Boot Disk. Using Additional Mirrors or a Mirror Plus Hot Spare. Using Mirrored Boot Disk With Contingency Disk.

5. Configuring a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager.

Introduction to VERITAS Volume Manager. VxVM Requirements. Initializing Disks. Encapsulating Disks. Protecting Block 0. Protecting the Private Region. Encapsulating Boot Disks. Resolving Problems With Default Boot Disk Installations. Irregular Physical Layout. Mirror Attachments. Root Disk Group. Implementing the Reference Configuration. Process Overview. Installing Hardware. Encapsulating the Root Disk. Creating Root Mirrors. Setting OpenBoot PROM Aliases. Remirroring the Root Disk. Mapping File Systems to Slices. Creating a Contingency Disk. Alternate Methods for Creating a Contingency Disk. Duplicating the Configuration Database. Documenting the Configuration. Testing the Configuration. Relocating Volume Components.

6. Maintaining a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager.

Documenting Your Configuration. Hardware Configuration. File System-to-Volume Mapping. VxVM Disk Group Configuration. Partition Tables. EEPROM Parameters. Using Sun Explorer. Changes to the Contingency Disk. Monitoring Systems. Monitoring Volumes. Monitoring With a Graphical User Interface. Monitoring Failures. Exporting System Logs. Monitoring the Contingency Disk. Monitoring Systems and Services. Recovering From Disasters. Managing Disk and Hardware Failures. Diagnosing Failures. High-Level Diagnosis. Identifying Points of Failure. Deciding to Recover or Reinstall. Identifying Root Plex Failures. Recovering From a Failure of All Submirrors. Recovering From Contingency Disk Failures. Recovering From Bootability Failures. Fixing Boot Files Without a Contingency Disk. Fixing Boot Files With a Contingency Disk. Re-creating rootdg. Moving Data From Failing Disks. Reclaiming Control From the LVM. Unmirroring and Removing Volumes. Unrooting the Boot Disk. Clearing Private Regions.

7. Configuring a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software.

Introduction to Solstice DiskSuite Software. Solstice DiskSuite Software Requirements. Implementing the Reference Configuration. Process Overview. Installing Hardware. Creating a Metadevice State Database Slice. Finding Free Space. Repartitioning Swap. Duplicating the Root Disk Slice Format. Creating Metadevice State Databases. Creating Metadevices for the Root Disk. Creating Root Mirrors. Setting OpenBoot PROM Aliases. Setting Up the Dump Device. Documenting the Configuration. Testing the Configuration.

8. Maintaining a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software.

Documenting Your Configuration. Hardware Configuration File System-to-Metadevice Mapping. Metadevice Layout. Metadevice State Database Locations. Partition Tables. EEPROM Parameters. Using Sun Explorer Software. Monitoring Systems. Monitoring Metadevices (metastat). Monitoring Replicas. Monitoring Failures. Exporting System Logs. Monitoring Systems and Services. Recovering From Disasters. Managing Disk and Hardware Failures. Diagnosing Failures. High-Level Diagnosis. Identifying Points of Failure. Deciding to Recover or Reinstall. Identifying Root Submirror Failures. Recovering From a Failure of Two Submirrors. Recovering From a Failure of All Submirrors. Recovering From Bootability Failures. Fixing Boot Files. Recovering From Replica Failures. Restoring a Lost Replica on One Disk. Replacing Lost Replica Quorums. Recovering From Lost Replicas on All Disks. Reclaiming Control From the LVM. Unmirroring and Clearing Metadevices. Unrooting the Root Device. Removing MetaDB Replicas.

9. Using Multiple Logical Volume Managers.

Rationale Behind Using Multiple LVMs. Effectively Recovering a System. Simplifying Recovery. Managing Large Systems. Advantages of Using a Single LVM. Decreased System Complexity. Simplified System Administration. Understanding Application and Datacenter Needs. Selecting an LVM Based on Application Requirements. Highly Available Services and Boot Disk Considerations. Using a Single LVM Throughout an Enterprise.

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Index.

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Preface

Preface

This book is one of an on-going series of books collectively known as the SunBluePrints Program. The Boot Disk Management BluePrint focuses on the boot diskof the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and serves as a replacement for theSun BluePrints book titled, Guide to High Availability, Configuring boot/ root/ swap.This book will explain how to select a boot device, partition and lay out a filesystem, select and use a volume manager, and recover from service events andoutages.

Sun BluePrints Program

The mission of the Sun BluePrints Program is to empower Sun's customers with thetechnical knowledge required to implement reliable, extensible, and secureinformation systems within the datacenter using Sun products. This programprovides a framework to identify, develop, and distribute best practices informationthat applies across the Sun product lines. Experts in technical subjects in variousareas contribute to the program and focus on the scope and usefulness of theinformation.

The Sun BluePrints Program includes books, guides, and online articles. Throughthese vehicles, Sun can provide guidance, installation and implementationexperiences, real-life scenarios, and late-breaking technical information.

The monthly electronic magazine, Sun BluePrints OnLine, is located on the Web athttp://www.sun.com/blueprints. To be notified about updates to the SunBluePrints Program, please register yourself on this site.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is primarily intended for system administrators, system/IT/enterprisearchitects, and integrators with moderate-to-advanced knowledge of the Solaris OEas well as basic knowledge of VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) or SolsticeDiskSuite software.

Before You Read This Book

You should be familiar with the basic administration and maintenance functions ofthe Solaris OE.

How This Book Is Organized

Chapters 1 through 3 of this book outline the boot process and installation methods,present methods for managing the on-disk operating system (OS), and introducetechniques for upgrading the Solaris OE.

Chapters 4 and 9 contain information about the reference configuration presented inthis book and methods for selecting and using logical volume managers (LVMs).Chapters 5 and 6 provide VxVM-specific information, while Chapters 7 and 8address Solstice DiskSuite software-specific issues. Read the appropriate chapters forinformation about the LVM in use at your site. Read Chapter 9 for best-practicerecommendations for implementing LVMs in your datacenter.

Chapter 1 "Partitioning Boot Disks," examines the basics of boot disk selection,layout, and partitioning.

Chapter 2 "Managing On-Disk OS Images," provides best practices andrecommendations for managing the on-disk OS image. It includes recommendationsfor installing, maintaining, and patching the Solaris OE with or without an LVMmanaging the boot disk.

Chapter 3 "Managing Solaris Operating Environment Upgrades," introduces LiveUpgrade (LU) and provides best practices for using LU to upgrade the Solaris OEwith minimal downtime and minimal impact to the user or applications. Mostimportantly, LU provides a safe and consistent fall-back environment in case anupgrade or software installation fails.

Chapter 4 "Configuring Boot Disks," presents a reference configuration of the rootdisk and associated disks that emphasizes the value of configuring a system for highavailability and high serviceability.

Chapter 5 "Configuring a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable (RAS) configuration for a VxVM-managed boot disk that emphasizessimplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 6 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentstechniques for recovering and repairing a damaged VxVM-managed boot disk.

Chapter 7 "Configuring a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable configuration for a Solstice DiskSuite software-managed boot disk thatemphasizes simplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 8 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentstechniques and procedures for recovering and repairing a damaged SolsticeDiskSuite software-managed boot disk.

Chapter 9 "Using Multiple Logical Volume Managers," addresses the use ofmultiple LVMs on the same system and strongly recommends that you implement asingle LVM on a system. Additionally, this chapter outlines several advantages tostandardizing on one LVM, including minimizing system complexity and speedingrecovery time.

Glossary is a list of words and phrases and their definitions.

Ordering Sun Documentation

The SunDocs program provides more than 250 manuals from Sun Microsystems,Inc. If you live in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Japan, you can purchasedocumentation sets or individual manuals through this program.

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.com Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentationonline. You can browse the docs.sun.com archive or search for a specific book titleor subject.

Read More Show Less

Introduction

Preface

This book is one of an on-going series of books collectively known as the SunBluePrints Program. The Boot Disk Management BluePrint focuses on the boot diskof the Solaris Operating Environment (OE) and serves as a replacement for theSun BluePrints book titled, Guide to High Availability, Configuring boot/ root/ swap.This book will explain how to select a boot device, partition and lay out a filesystem, select and use a volume manager, and recover from service events andoutages.

Sun BluePrints Program

The mission of the Sun BluePrints Program is to empower Sun's customers with thetechnical knowledge required to implement reliable, extensible, and secureinformation systems within the datacenter using Sun products. This programprovides a framework to identify, develop, and distribute best practices informationthat applies across the Sun product lines. Experts in technical subjects in variousareas contribute to the program and focus on the scope and usefulness of theinformation.

The Sun BluePrints Program includes books, guides, and online articles. Throughthese vehicles, Sun can provide guidance, installation and implementationexperiences, real-life scenarios, and late-breaking technical information.

Who Should Read This Book

This book is primarily intended for system administrators, system/IT/enterprisearchitects, and integrators with moderate-to-advanced knowledge of the Solaris OEas well as basic knowledge of VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) or SolsticeDiskSuite software.

Before You Read This Book

You should be familiar with the basic administration and maintenance functions ofthe Solaris OE.

HowThis Book Is Organized

Chapters 1 through 3 of this book outline the boot process and installation methods,present methods for managing the on-disk operating system (OS), and introducetechniques for upgrading the Solaris OE.

Chapters 4 and 9 contain information about the reference configuration presented inthis book and methods for selecting and using logical volume managers (LVMs).Chapters 5 and 6 provide VxVM-specific information, while Chapters 7 and 8address Solstice DiskSuite software-specific issues. Read the appropriate chapters forinformation about the LVM in use at your site. Read Chapter 9 for best-practicerecommendations for implementing LVMs in your datacenter.

Chapter 1 "Partitioning Boot Disks," examines the basics of boot disk selection,layout, and partitioning.

Chapter 2 "Managing On-Disk OS Images," provides best practices andrecommendations for managing the on-disk OS image. It includes recommendationsfor installing, maintaining, and patching the Solaris OE with or without an LVMmanaging the boot disk.

Chapter 3 "Managing Solaris Operating Environment Upgrades," introduces LiveUpgrade (LU) and provides best practices for using LU to upgrade the Solaris OEwith minimal downtime and minimal impact to the user or applications. Mostimportantly, LU provides a safe and consistent fall-back environment in case anupgrade or software installation fails.

Chapter 4 "Configuring Boot Disks," presents a reference configuration of the rootdisk and associated disks that emphasizes the value of configuring a system for highavailability and high serviceability.

Chapter 5 "Configuring a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable (RAS) configuration for a VxVM-managed boot disk that emphasizessimplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 6 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With VERITAS Volume Manager," presentstechniques for recovering and repairing a damaged VxVM-managed boot disk.

Chapter 7 "Configuring a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentsmethodologies for designing and implementing a highly reliable, available, andserviceable configuration for a Solstice DiskSuite software-managed boot disk thatemphasizes simplicity, consistency, resilience, and recoverability.

Chapter 8 "Maintaining a Boot Disk With Solstice DiskSuite Software," presentstechniques and procedures for recovering and repairing a damaged SolsticeDiskSuite software-managed boot disk.

Chapter 9 "Using Multiple Logical Volume Managers," addresses the use ofmultiple LVMs on the same system and strongly recommends that you implement asingle LVM on a system. Additionally, this chapter outlines several advantages tostandardizing on one LVM, including minimizing system complexity and speedingrecovery time.

Glossary is a list of words and phrases and their definitions.

Ordering Sun Documentation

The SunDocs program provides more than 250 manuals from Sun Microsystems,Inc. If you live in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Japan, you can purchasedocumentation sets or individual manuals through this program.

Accessing Sun Documentation Online

The docs.sun.com Web site enables you to access Sun technical documentationonline. You can browse the docs.sun.com archive or search for a specific book titleor subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    Excellent book on Solaris Boot Disk Management

    This is a great book for Solaris system administrators or planners. This book offers practical planning advice as well as real world demonstrations on how to configure and maintain Solaris boot disks that ensure minimal outage and recovery effort when a disk fails or when the boot disk is corrupted. This book covers in great detail using VERITAS Volume Manager, Sun Solstice DiskSuite Software and the Sun Live Upgrade software to configure and maintain boot disks. This book offers a very thorough discussion on how to plan, deploy and maintain Solaris boot disks in mission critical environments. There are step by step command demonstrations for all the software that it covers. Various scenarios for boot disk deployment are discussed. The advantages and disadvantages for each scenario is presented. The reference configurations are great frameworks for any planner or administrator to build and adapt from. There are a lot of planning and procedural tips for maintaining Solaris boot disks. I think this is a great book for Solaris administrators of all technical levels. It is also a great reference for Solaris planners to use when building robust Solaris systems. This book is well worth the money. Any serious Solaris administrator or planner should buy this book and read it.

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