'beadm list' Reports Multiple BEs With the 'R' Flag (Doc ID 2000365.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 11 11/11 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Symptoms

When a user executes "beadm activate be_name", and be_name is a BE in a pool that's not the same as the currently running  BE, the output of the beadm list command looks confusing, because it has two 'R' (Active on Reboot),  instead of one.  

Each of the 'R' is actually for the BE that will get booted if you were to boot that zpool.  Because of the fact that "beadm list" output does not display information about which pool a BE resides in, that makes the output confusing (use -a/-d option to see the datasets/pools).  

Despite the confusing output, "beadm activate" for that BE in the alternate zpool really worked.  If you were to configure your BIOS/OBP setting to boot from the disk containing the zpool with the BE you just activated, it will boot correctly.

Cause

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