How to Backup and Restore the Solaris 10 ZFS Root Pool
Last updated on MAY 17, 2017
Applies to:Solaris Operating System - Version 10 3/05 and later
How to backup and restore Solaris ZFS root pool
The following procedure can be used to backup and restore a ZFS root pool (rpool) using the tools that are provided in Solaris 10 and above. It is advised that the reader becomes comfortable with this procedure and attempts a restore before deploying this into production environments. YOu can find in the ZFS admin guide the official procedures to do it, for solaris 10, solaris 11 and solaris 11.1 (see note below to the correct links)
For 11.2 and later version, one can use Unified Archives (UAR) to enable system recovery as well as cloning operations.
Note that from Solaris 11.3 SRU 13 and later, dump and swap ZVOLs are excluded from recursive snapshots.
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