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Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) Mirrored Root Disk Server/System/Node Can Not Boot. Troubleshooting. Resolution Path (Doc ID 1489871.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 06, 2021

Applies to:

Sun Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) - Version 11.9.0 to 11.10.0 [Release 11.0]
Solaris Operating System - Version 10 1/13 U11 to 10 1/13 U11 [Release 10.0]
Solstice DiskSuite Software - Version 4.2 to 4.2.1 [Release 4.0]
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86 (32-bit)


This document is a resolution path for boot problems when the root disk is managed with Solaris Volume Manger (SVM). There are different possibilities to boot such a system and there are also specific handling procedures necessary. With this document we give an overview to solve SVM boot issues.

Troubleshooting Steps

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In this Document
Troubleshooting Steps
 1) Determine server platform SPARC or x86
 2) Access to the console for SPARC and x86
 3) Determine/check boot device disk configuration in SPARC/OBP or  x86/GRUB
 4) Possible boot options for SVM root mirror
 5) Determine the status of and Recover SVM replica state database (metadb) if necessary
 6) If system is stuck in single user mode, maintenance mode or system hangs or panics when booting from SVM mirror
 7) How to work with failsafe boot, boot archive and recover from problems with SVM mirror (Solaris 10 only)
 8) How to unmirror, unencapsulate SVM boot mirror in SPARC and x86
 9) Setup the SVM root mirror again

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