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How to Determine If a Solaris System's File Systems Are Configured with Volume Management Software (Doc ID 1428239.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 18, 2023

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8 to 10 1/13 U11 [Release 8.0 to 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


When a system is failing to boot or is encountering errors on boot, it is necessary to know the system's file system configuration and Volume Management configuration, as there are important procedures which must be followed to disable or remove the Volume Management configuration before fsck'ing, mounting or making changes to the file systems which underlie the Volume Management configuration.

Failing to follow these procedures before making changes to the file systems with underlying Volume Management configuration can result in Solaris Operating System corruption the next time that the system is booted. 
This corruption may not be repairable and may necessitate that the Solaris Operating System be restored from a backup or reinstalled.

This document demonstrates how to identify if Volume Management software has been configured on the system and includes links to additional documentation for  disabling and/or removing procedures to use for each type.

This document contains information about Veritas Volume Manager and the Solaris Volume Manager software, also called Logical Volume Manager (LVM) or Solstice Disksuite (SDS).


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In this Document
 How to check for Volume Management Configuration
 Step 1 - Identify the system's boot device
 Step 2 - Mount the root file system 
 Step 3 - View the system's vfstab file

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