Booting ZFS Root Pool Returns 'no bootfs'

(Doc ID 1370501.1)

Last updated on MARCH 06, 2017

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 10/08 U6 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


System boot fails with "no bootfs" message.

SPARC Enterprise T5120, No Keyboard
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OpenBoot 4.30.8.a, 130944 MB memory available, Serial #90000000.
Ethernet address 0:21:28:7d:45:ae, Host ID: 857d45ae.

Boot device: disk:a File and args: 

no bootfs


The file just loaded does not appear to be executable.

{8} ok

boot -Z works as expected:

{8} ok boot -Z rpool/ROOT/s10u8

Boot device: /pci@0/pci@0/pci@2/scsi@0/disk@0:a File and args: -Z rpool/ROOT/s10u8
SunOS Release 5.10 Version Generic_142900-12 64-bit


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