Solaris Volume Manager (SVM): How to Replace a Physical Disk Containing Soft Partitions

(Doc ID 1477405.1)

Last updated on APRIL 27, 2017

Applies to:

Sun Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) - Version 11.9.0 to 11.11 [Release 11.0]
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86 (32-bit)


There are several ways to make use of the Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) soft partition feature. These are described in
<Document 1417827.1> Solaris Volume Manager (SVM): Best Practices for Creation and Implementation of Soft Partitions.
Briefly, you can configure a large mirror metadevice and create soft partitions from it, or you can create individual soft partitions and then optionally mirror them in pairs.

Replacing a disk that is configured using the former method, one large mirror metadevice, is simple and follows all the normal steps for replacing any mirrored disk. If the latter method is used, with individual soft partitions, either unmirrored or mirrored in pairs, disk replacement becomes more complex. This article addresses this latter scenario. 


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