Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) How to Manually Remove Metadevice and State Database Configuration Data

(Doc ID 1010556.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 15, 2018

Applies to:

Sun Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) - Version 11.9.0 to 11.11 [Release 11.0]
Solstice DiskSuite Software - Version 4.2.1 to 4.2.1 [Release 4.0]
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)


On occasion, it may be necessary to remove all of the Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) state database replicas and all existing metadevices by a means other than the SVM command line interface or GUI application. Such situations usually involve an unexpected behavior by SVM commands that prevents normal operation, sometimes accompanied by error messages about stale database replicas.

This article describes a procedure to remove SVM configuration information entirely so that, after the next reboot, SVM will not be configured at all. The procedure includes capturing the current configuration in a way that allows rebuilding the configuration at a later time.

If you are experiencing boot problems that appear related to SVM, first review
Document 1489871.1 Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) Mirrored Root Disk Server/System/Node Can Not Boot. Troubleshooting. Resolution Path


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