Solaris pocket system admin survival guide


Solaris Admin 101


A very basic GUI for some simple sys admin work, such as adding printer,
adding local user.

SMC see below

Adding local user/group to machine

groupadd -g 9913 hfmgrp
useradd -u 9913 -g 9913 -d /vol1/hfmd -m -c \"HFM Daemon – Roland Sherwood\" -s /usr/bin/ksh hfmd
passwd hfmd

groupadd create a new group with a given gid number specified.

useradd creates a user.
-u is for a specific uid number.
-g is for the default group the user will belong to (default to 1)
-d is for the home directory,
-m is to create the user home dir on the fs,
-c is for the gecos field that describe the username, and
-s is for the shell.

passwd command is to set the password of the user.

Adding International Language Support

Solaris 10

localeadm : Solaris 10 CLI for adding international lang support.
localeadm -l : check for available locale and whether they are fully installed
localeadm -q hongkong : check whether all localization for Hong Kong has been installed.
localeadm -q sam : check whether all localization for South America has been installed.

other regions that can be added:

Central America region (cam)
Central Europe region (ceu)
Eastern Europe region (eeu)
Middle East region (mea)
North America region (nam)
Northern Europe region (neu)
South America region (sam)
Southern Europe region (seu)
Western Europe region (weu)
Japanese region (ja)
Korean region (korean)
Simplified Chinese region (china)
Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong) region (hongkong)
Traditional Chinese region (taiwan)
Thai region (th_th)
Hindi region (hi_in)

Use localeadm -l | grep \"Checking for\" to see a complete list.

Solaris 7, 8, 9

prodreg : product registry, a GUI software bundle manager ( \"super packages\")
Useful tool to run to install foreign language locale.
when run, it willexec \"installer\" of the language cd,
a GUI for choosing what lang support to add.
Unfortunately, this does not add full language support,
as it does not add the specific LANG packages from the base OS CD/DVD.

Tech notes on adding locales:

  1. Solaris
    Locale FAQ

  2. Solaris 9 locale packages
    , what pkg to add to support req lang.

    run pkginfo [list of SUNWxxx pkg listed] to see if the packages exist (eg added by prodreg),

    if not, run yes | pkgadd -d . [list of SUNWxxx pkgs] from the
    jumpstart server OS/…/Products dir to add them.

Solaris Admin Commands

Some of the more basic stuff, may have slight difference from Linux or other Unices.

init 6 : reboot, no question asked
init 0 : shutdown and give ok prompt. Don\’t use at gc as it won\’t be auto back up!!
init 5 : shutdown, and power off. no question asked

who -r : show current run level (useful like when doing boot -s)
who -b : show system boot time

shutdown, etc cmd does not seems to reboot automatically either, unless specify a reboot init level (eg -i 6)

/usr/sbin/shutdown -y -g 300 -i 6 [msg]
-i = specify init level,
-g = grace period in secs
-y = yes, ie don\’t ask if sure again (can always cancel by killing process)

/usr/proc/bin : lot of process controlling commands, eg ptree

date 0915 : solaris, set date (time) to 9:15 am.
date 04060915 : solaris,hpux, set date and time to apr 6, 9:15 am.



newfs /dev/rdsk/c… create a new fs for the sapce on \"raw\" slide
(also appliable to metadevices from disksuite (and veritas?) in both the
stripe+concat and raid5 drives. mirror would need a sync cmd.
see cmd.diskstuite.ref
-v verbose
-b [bsize] specify block size, def should be 8192 (req by dba)
-N print the mkfs cmd that will be used, w/o actually doing any work.

mkfs -m /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 show the mkfs used to create the existing fs.
mkfs -m /dev/md/d0 for sds disk, looking at subcomponent will give bogus data.

tunefs -otime optimize fs performance for time (instead of space preservation)

newfs /vol/dev/aliases/floppy0 try t on floppy

Journaling (add link to doc that journaling can actually increase performance!)

Volume Management

Solaris by default does not use a Volume Manager, the file system by default is created right on top
of a partition. Sun does have a Volume Manager that is very tied to Solaris:
The Solaris Volume Manager, formerly Solstice Disk Suite.

Alternatively, lot of places use Veritas Volume Manager. IMHO, the OS boot disk is best
left in control of the SVM. This is a hotly contested topic. I will just say that
starting with VxVM 4.0, the word from Veritas tech support is:
\"We no longer require you to use VxVM for the boot disk, why don\’t you just use Veritas for your
data disks\". They told me this after I ran into some bugs and they needed me to update from 4.0 to 4.01.
Needless to say, I changed my school of thought then and used SVM for the bootdisk from then on.

SVM/SDS Commands

show config of disk suite, status and minor stat

who info about the meta db (state db) used by disksuite to maintian meta/state info.

metareplace -e mirror component

metareplace -e d0 c0t0d0s0
This perform a resync on the mirror drive d0, component c0t0d0s0 is the
one that will be wipe out and rebuild. (Used when rebuilding the root partition,
disk0 was yanked out, and so needed to use data from c0t1d0s0 to rebuild
the mirror).

metastat | awk \’/State:/ { if ($2 != \"Okay\") if (prev ~ /^d/) print prev, $0} {prev = $0}\’
Quickly list drives that are not in okay mode. eg, error, sync, etc.

metadb | grep [A-Z]
Quickly see if there are any problems with metadb replicas (state db).
Work cuz metadb use caps only when they have errors in them., a script that monitor SDS/SVM and send email if anything is amiss.


#quickly list drives that are not in okay mode (eg, error, sync, etc.):

# extension of, this will send email notification when needed.
# run in crontab as any user (this script chmod a+rx):
# cron job to check status of Sun Volume Manager (software RAID)
# 0 8,12,17 * * * /export/share/script/

MSG=\"Solaris DiskSuit alert for $HOST\"

OUTPUT1=`metastat | \\
awk \’/State:/ { if ($2 != \"Okay\") if (prev ~ /^d/) print prev, $0} {prev = $0}\’`

#quickly see if there are any problems with metadb replicas (state db)
#(work cuz metadb use caps only when they have errors in them.

OUTPUT2=`metadb | grep [A-Z]`

if [ `echo $OUTPUT1 | wc -w` != 0 -o `echo $OUTPUT2 | wc -w` != 0 ]; then
( echo \"This script is /export/share/script/, ran on \" `date` ; \\
echo \"select metastat and metadb output\"; \\
echo \"$OUTPUT1\" ; \\
echo \"$OUTPUT2\" ) \\
| /usr/bin/mailx -s \"$MSG\" $RCPT

Creating Mirrored Boot Disks

The way how SVM/SDS do mirroring is that it create a fs (mkfs or newfs)
of exact size on the submirrors.
This is independent of the slide size of the different disks.
As long as the starting fs size is small
enough to fit in all slides of diff disk, it will work.
This is where the lowest common denominator comes from.

Note that due to this approach, once the disk is mirrored, even if slide has more space, it can never be used.
On the other hand, this approach allows disks of dissimilar size to work as mirror pair, allowing some extra
partition space for other \"scrach\" use.

eg of copying files from 9 gb drive to 18 gb drive, increased partitiion size via format, but after mirror, all disk slides
show matching size for the mirrors, even after the smaller submirrors has been removed.

The final solution of the migration is to use ufsdump | ufsrestore. see backup.ref for info of the exact command.

TSI: gfxp0 is GFX8P @ 1152×900

Sample Boot Disk Mirroring Setup

Initial OS /etc/vfstab before mirroring:

#device device mount FS fsck mount mount
#to mount to fsck point type pass at boot options
fd – /dev/fd fd – no –
/proc – /proc proc – no –
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s1 – – swap – no –
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s0 / ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s4 /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s4 /usr ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s5 /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s5 /var ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s6 /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s6 /u01 ufs 2 yes logging
swap – /tmp tmpfs – yes –

Create metadb partition on slide 7, with 4 cyl (really just need 1 cyl).
If there isn\’t enough any free cylinder on your disk, then you will need
to strink SWAP to make more room.

format> verify

Primary label contents:

Volume name =
ascii name =
pcyl = 4926
ncyl = 4924
acyl = 2
nhead = 27
nsect = 133
Part Tag Flag Cylinders Size Blocks
0 root wm 580 – 1109 929.31MB (530/0/0) 1903230
1 swap wu 2 – 579 1013.48MB (578/0/0) 2075598
2 backup wm 0 – 4923 8.43GB (4924/0/0) 17682084
3 unassigned wm 0 0 (0/0/0) 0
4 usr wm 1170 – 2039 1.49GB (870/0/0) 3124170
5 var wm 2040 – 2329 508.49MB (290/0/0) 1041390
6 unassigned wm 2330 – 4919 4.43GB (2590/0/0) 9300690
7 unassigned wm 4920 – 4923 7.01MB (4/0/0) 14364


Copy the partition table to the 2nd disk that will hold the mirror.

prtvtoc /dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s2 > vtoc.c0t0d0s2
fmthard -s vtoc.c0t0d0s2 /dev/rdsk/c0t1d0s2

Add SVM/SDS meta data info to slide 7 of all disks.
2 copies for each disk when there are only 2 disks are recommended:

metadb -a -f -c 2 c0t0d0s7 c0t1d0s7

output of metadb:
flags first blk block count
a m p luo 16 1034 /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s7
a p luo 1050 1034 /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s7
a p luo 16 1034 /dev/dsk/c0t1d0s7
a p luo 1050 1034 /dev/dsk/c0t1d0s7

This is what the mirroring setup will be. Can place this
content in /etc/vfstab for easy future reference.

### metadevice mapping to physical devices
### disk in tag 0 and 1 (9 gigs) pair
### orig new mirror
### root d0 submirrors: d10 d20 : c0t0d0s0 c0t1d0s0
### swap d1 submirrors: d11 d21 : c0t0d0s1 c0t1d0s1
### usr d4 submirrors: d14 d24 : c0t0d0s4 c0t1d0s4
### var d5 submirrors: d15 d25 : c0t0d0s5 c0t1d0s5
### u01 d6 submirrors: d16 d26 : c0t0d0s6 c0t1d0s6

# create the basic support for SVM based on original
# boot disk c0t0 ::
metainit -f d10 1 1 c0t0d0s0 # init submirror of /
metainit -f d11 1 1 c0t0d0s1 # swap
metainit -f d14 1 1 c0t0d0s4 # /usr
metainit -f d15 1 1 c0t0d0s5 # /var
metainit -f d16 1 1 c0t0d0s6 # /oracle/u01

metainit d0 -m d10 # mountable /
metainit d1 -m d11 # usable swap
metainit d4 -m d14 # mountable /usr
metainit d5 -m d15 # mountable /var
metainit d6 -m d16 # mountable /u01

metaroot d0 # activate SVM for boot partition,
# add one entry to vfstab for /
# update /etc/system, etc

vi /etc/vfstab # update mount device to use /dev/md/… ::

#device device mount FS fsck mount mount
#to mount to fsck point type pass at boot options
fd – /dev/fd fd – no –
/proc – /proc proc – no –
/dev/dsk/md/d1 – – swap – no –
/dev/dsk/md/d0 /dev/rdsk/md/d0 / ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/md/d4 /dev/rdsk/md/d4 /usr ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/md/d5 /dev/rdsk/md/d5 /var ufs 1 no logging
/dev/dsk/md/d6 /dev/rdsk/md/d6 /u01 ufs 1 no logging

swap – /tmp tmpfs – yes –

(double check path is /dev/*dsk/md/…

sync; sync; # optional, flush all data to disk
lockfs -fa # lock fs, recommended

# create the additional submirror components of all slides, use disk in c0t1
metainit -f d20 1 1 c0t1d0s0 # addtional mirror of /
metainit -f d21 1 1 c0t1d0s1 # additiional mirror for swap
metainit -f d24 1 1 c0t1d0s4 # additiional mirror for /usr
metainit -f d25 1 1 c0t1d0s5 # additiional mirror for /var
metainit -f d26 1 1 c0t1d0s6 # additiional mirror for /u01

# add the additional mirrors to be active:
metattach d0 d20 # activate mirror of / with new slide from d20
metattach d1 d21 # activate mirror of swap
metattach d4 d24 # activate mirror of /usr
metattach d5 d25 # activate mirror of /var
metattach d6 d26 # activate mirror of /u01

# the above cmd return right away, use metastat to monitor sync process
# or metatool for gui monitor/admin tool.

# review /etc/lvm/

output of metastat -p:
d0 -m d10 d20 1
d10 1 1 c0t0d0s0
d20 1 1 c0t1d0s0
d1 -m d11 d21 1
d11 1 1 c0t0d0s1
d21 1 1 c0t1d0s1
d4 -m d14 d24 1
d14 1 1 c0t0d0s4
d24 1 1 c0t1d0s4
d5 -m d15 d25 1
d15 1 1 c0t0d0s5
d25 1 1 c0t1d0s5
d6 -m d16 d26 1
d16 1 1 c0t0d0s6
d26 1 1 c0t1d0s6

When all done, reboot again just to be sure all is okay.
These errors from boot are ok:

Boot device: disk:a File and args:
SunOS Release 5.8 Version Generic_108528-16 64-bit
Copyright 1983-2001 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
WARNING: forceload of misc/md_trans failed
WARNING: forceload of misc/md_raid failed
WARNING: forceload of misc/md_hotspares failed
WARNING: forceload of misc/md_sp failed
configuring IPv4 interfaces: hme0.
Hostname: cqdb
The system is coming up. Please wait.
checking ufs filesystems
/dev/md/rdsk/d6: is logging.
volume management starting.
The system is ready.

If these errors are annoying, update /etc/system and comment out the
forceload of the unecessary components. The problem with such mods is that
should there be a need of raid 5 device down the road, and forget to re-enable
these, then there maybe some hair pulling in finding out the error 🙂


Optional update to OBP to allow easier booting,
should one of the boot disk fail, this allows one to do:
boot rootmirror

Save the following content to a file, eg nvramrc.cmd
devalias rootdisk /pci@1f,4000/scsi@3/disk@0,0:a
devalias rootmirror /pci@1f,4000/scsi@3/disk@1,0:a

eeprom \"boot-device=rootdisk rootmirror\"
eeprom \"use-nvramrc?=true\"
eeprom \"nvramrc=`cat nvramrc.cmd`\"

eeprom boot-device # read back programmed content
eeprom nvramrc


A sample test for failure scenario: replacing one submirror.
Someime, metastat will report \"maintenance needed, issue metareplace…\",
this can also be used to fix the error if disk err was transitive or relocatable.

metadetach d5 d15 # detaches submirror d15 from the host mountable drive
# d5 (/var)
# real failure req metareplace will need -f

metaclear d15 # clear up the association of the orphaned submirror,
# making it no longer part of SDS.

metainit d15 1 1 c0t0d0s5 # reinitialize the submirror
metattach d5 d15 # reattaches it and make active.
# should see sync in this time.

metainit can be done on device with existing fs:
describe way of expanding disk using SDS trick.

mkfs -G -M …
will expand ufs w/o lvm, but it is \"undocumented\"

Clearing out SVM/SDS

eg of clean up:

metadb -d /dev/dsk/c0t1d0s7 # rm meta db info in a disk
metadb -d -f c0t1d0s7 # force removal of meta db info (err fru)

metadetach -f d0 d20 # detach the submirror d20 from d0,
# -f for forced, when there are err
metaclear d20 # rm the metadevice

metainit d20 1 1 c0t0d0s0 # initialize a new device for use w/ sds

Replace Bad Hard Drive

eg: d0 is the host mirror, with components:
d10 = c0t0d0 which is bad in this eg
d20 = c3t8d0 which is the good submirror

metadetach -f d0 d10 # offline the disk
metaclear d10 # remove its usage reference from SDS
metadb -f -d c0t0d0s7 # remove meta data from disk
# replace the drive
prtvtoc /dev/rdsk/c3t8d0s2 > vtoc.c3t8d0s2
fmthard -s vtoc.c3t8d0s2 /dev/rdsk/c0t2d0s2 # create partition/slide info
metainit d10 1 1 c0t0d0s0 # initialize the disk for SDS use
metattach d0 d10 # attach a submirror d10 to main disk d0
metadb -a -c 1 c0t0d0s7 # add meta data to the disk

Another method is the use metareplace to
\"replace a drive with itself\". This method can also be used if the replacement drive
does not have the same geometry (size) as the original drive or that of the rest
of the RAID group. For example, one can replace a Sun 18 GB hard drive
with a COMPAQ/HP 18 GB drive that has fewer cylinders than Sun (but each cylinder
holds more bytes). In such cases, one need to first manually create the partition
table using the format command, ensuring that the SDS and metadb slides are larger
than the original size (in term of megabytes).

format (select the right disk carefully, create slide 0 and 7).

metareplace -e d0 c0t0d0s0 # for mirror d0, replace subcompont w/ err
# with device itself (after physical
# replace hd)
metadb -f -d c0t0d0s7 # remove meta data from disk
metadb -a -c 1 c0t0d0s7 # re-add meta data to the disk

Creating RAID 0 device

RAID 0 is called a simple concat in SVM.
stripping setup : 1 final volume, compose of 3 subdisks. Use interleave factor of 64k (def 16k,
should have this number that match or be exact multiple of oracle read/write block size).

metainit d30 1 3 c0t1d0s0 c0t2d0s0 c0t3d0s0 -i 64k
newfs /dev/md/dsk/d30

Creating RAID 5 device

For raid 5, sds simply call it raid. Here are examples for a MD device with 3 or 8 constituent disk/partition:
metainit d45 -r c2t3d0s2 c3t0d0s2 c4t0d0s2
metainit d0 -r c1t0d0s7 c1t1d0s7 c1t2d0s7 c1t3d0s7 c1t8d0s7 c1t9d0s7 c1t10d0s7 c1t11d0s7 -i 32b

Note the -r flag for metainit to inidcate it is raid.
Otherwise, they are all simple stripe for RAID 0 or 1.

if somehow need to reimport the raid 5 volume, use -k option in metainit. Not sure how to use it yet though.

Hot Spare Device

metainit hot-spare-pool-name ctds-for-slice
metainit hsp001 c2t2d0s2 c3t2d0s2
metainit hsp000 c0t1d0s7

after a pool is setup, need to associate it with a volume:

metaparam -h hot-spare-pool component
metaparam -h hsp100 d10
metaparam -h hsp100 d0 # not done for maluku, thus no auto rebuild.

removing hot spare disk c0t1d0s7 from a pool hsp000:
metahs -d hsp000 c0t1d0s7

Note that the pool name still remains when metastat is issued, but no disk attached to it.

SVM/SDS Tech Details

Sun Volume Manager likes to use slide 7. Book says it only needs 1 cyl, but it allocates 8, and my
past experience 15 cyl was needed on a 36 GB drive w/ 24620 cyl! Oracle1 got 30 cyl for this.
72 GB actually has only 14087 cyl, so each cyl is biggger. Hopefully 7 cyl is enough.
Slide #7 is only convention, book actually use 3.
If there are not enough cylinnders available, metadb -l [LENGHT] option may help remedy the situation.

In contracst, Veritas Volume Manager usually needs 2 free avail partitions
(except for boot/root disk, which can do swap reloc but not recommen ded anyway).
Typically, slice 3 contains all cyl, just like standard slide 2.
Slide 4 would be the private region for additional VxVM managed partitions.
However, for root disk needing encapsulation, slide 4 is 1 cylinder at beginning or end of disk.
Other slide number can be used, 3 and 4 are just convention.

So, if you want to be safe in term of future upgrade (or downgrade) to Veritas,
SVM meta data info should be stored in slide 3, and leave slide 4 unused.

Save your disk VTOCs and do metastat -p /etc/lvm/
and save both somewhere safe. It will save you lots of time if you
need to redo it.

Also recommended: Put two copies of your metdb on each disk in a
seperate partition on each disk.

SVM/SDS Config files

Quick backup of config files for recovery use.
(see separate script for more info)


mkdir $BKDIR

cp -p /etc/vfstab $BKDIR
cp -p /etc/system $BKDIR

cp -p /kernel/drv/md.conf $BKDIR
cp -p /etc/lvm/ $BKDIR
cp -p /etc/lvm/ $BKDIR
cp -p /etc/lvm/ $BKDIR # really manual file, metastat -p

metastat -p > $BKDIR/`date +%Y%m%d`.metastat-p
metastat > $BKDIR/`date +%Y%m%d`.metastat

DISKSET=\"c0t0d0s2 c0t8d0s2 c0t9d0s2 c0t10d0s2\"
#DISKSET=\"c0t0d0s2 c0t8d0s2 c0t9d0s2 c0t10d0s2 c0t11d0s2 c0t12d0s2\"
for DISK in $DISKSET; do
prtvtoc $DISKPATH/$DISK > $BKDIR/`date +%Y%m%d`.vtoc.\"$DISK\"

#eepromp param (alias for booting, if setup)
eeprom nvram > $BKDIR/`date +%Y%m%d`.eeprom.nvramrc.out
eeprom > $BKDIR/`date +%Y%m%d`.eeprom.out


sol 8:
* Begin MDD root info (do not edit)
forceload: misc/md_stripe
forceload: misc/md_mirror
forceload: misc/md_trans
forceload: misc/md_raid
forceload: misc/md_hotspares
forceload: misc/md_sp
forceload: drv/pcipsy
forceload: drv/glm
forceload: drv/sd
* End MDD root info (do not edit)

* Begin MDD database info (do not edit)
set md_mddb_bootlist1=\"sd:456:16 sd:360:16 sd:368:16 sd:376:16 sd:384:16\"
set md_mddb_bootlist2=\"sd:416:16 sd:424:16 sd:440:16\"
* End MDD database info (do not edit)

and use /etc/lvm/

solaris 9 and 10:

nothing in /etc/system, the above mddb_bootlist1 commands cause unbootable system!
put data in /kernel/drv/md.conf
Unit 0 Disk SEAGATE ST39103LCSUN9.0G034A # obp probe-scsi-all
/a = slide 0 for metadb
/h = slide 7 for metadb
still can\’t figure out the sd@ part beyond disk model number 🙁

ref eg for recovery:
mddb_bootlist1=\"sd:16:16:id0\"; md_devid_destroy=1;
reboot, and system will update md.conf with the magic values, and metadb will work
(sol 9 only, importing from sol 8 volume, but so far can\’t get it to work on sol10,
maybe that was due to the fact that maluku was a jump from sol8.
Intermediate sol 9 may have added device signature and then that was used
successfully for to reproduce the whole SDS volume.

there are files in /etc/lvm.
but is very diff than 8, as it use device id (embeded on disk metadb area?)

for disk import, allegedly just need to match
major/minor num, name_to_major (sd)

ls -lL /dev/dsk/c*sX
where X is the slide number of the metadb slide (typically 7)

For sol 9, see steps in, not as hard as it looks:


Sun SVM admin guide, w/ instructions to create diff devices and some troubleshooting cases.

Doc 817-2530

sol 8 disk suite has the long time stable.

sol 10 svm has the latest commands, with latest feature and changes.

Connectivity (Network)


ndd -get /dev/hme status_link # query nic speed, see ndd ref in email
ndd -get /dev/hme \\? # list all possible param

ndd -get /dev/hme \\? | fgrep -v \’?\’ | awk \'{print \"echo \" $1 \"; ndd -get /dev/hme \" $1 }\’ | sh
# display all NIC parameters, must run as root

ndd -get /dev/ip \\? | fgrep -v \’?\’ | awk \'{ print $1 }\’ | awk -F\\( \'{print \"echo; echo —- \" $1 \" —-; ndd -get /dev/ip \" $1 \" ; echo\"}\’ | sh
# display lot of IP info. May want to pipe it to less…

ndd -get /dev/tcp \\? | egrep -v \’\\?|obsolete\’ | awk \'{print \"echo; echo —- $1 \" —-; ndd -get /dev/tcp \" $1 \" ; echo\"}\’ | sh
# display lot of TCP info.

kstat -p hme:0::\’/collisions|framing|crc|code_violations|tx_late_collisions/\’
kstat -p dmfe:0::\’/collisions|framing|crc|code_violations|tx_late_collisions/\’
# get NIC collision stat from kernel stat. Runnable as user.

See also: Performance measurements.

Network Config

/etc/hostname.hme0 # default hostname/IP
/etc/hosts # solaris is actually /etc/inet/hosts
/etc/inet/ipnodes # solaris 10 also put IP address in here, manual update!

ifconfig -a
ifconfig hme0 plumb
ifconfig hme0 broadcast netmask up

ifconfig hme0 dhcp # for DHCP instead of static IP (see USAH).


adding statig roures in dual homed host:
route add net [network number] [gateway], eg
route add net
Note that [gateway] is within the local network (ie 1 hop) from one of the interfaces in the computer.
In this case, this computer had hme1=

solaris adding default route (usually in /etc/defaultrouter)
route add default [IP]


Solaris IP Multi Path. Ethernet/IP layer redundancy w/o support from switch side.

Can run as active/standby (more compatible, only single IP presented to outside world),
or active/active config (outbound traffic can go over both NIC using 2 IPs,
inbound will depends on the IP the client use to send data back, so typically only 1 NIC).

hostname.ce0 (main active interface) ::
oaprod1-ce0 netmask + broadcast + deprecated -failover \\
group oaprod_ipmp up \\
addif oaprod1 netmask + broadcast + up

hostname.ce2 (active-standby config) ::
oaprod1-ce2 netmask + broadcast + deprecated -failover \\
standby group oaprod_ipmp up

hostname.ce2 (active-active config) ::
oaprod1-ce2 netmask + broadcast + deprecated -failover \\
group oaprod_ipmp up \\
addif oaprod-nic2 netmask + broadcast + up

/etc/inet/hosts :: oaprod1 oaprod1-ce0 oaprod1-ce2 oaprod2-nic2


(add sample)

/etc/default/nfs # solaris 10, need to change NFS client (and server) default vers max to 3
# NFS 4 has nasty problems of ignoring NFS v3 security settings!!
/etc/default/autofs # all automount options are to be specified here,
# no more args for cli/init script such as -D ARCH=SOL10

System Config

Software Management

pkginfo : display installed package
pkgchk [pkgname] : check the accuracy of package (installed or spooled)
pkgadd -d [pkgname] all : install all entries from [pkgname]
pkgrm [pkgname] : remore package shown in pkginfo

patchadd [path-dir-name] : uncomrpress, untar patch, creates a dir, patch add it
[.zip patch need to be uncompressed, then use the folder name as param).
patchadd -M [source src dir] [patch-dir-name] : apply (m)ultiple patches avail at source dir
patchadd -u [patch-dir-name] : -u \"Turns off file validation\", so it kinda force reinstall of the patch

patchrm [patch-id] : remove specified patch (ie undo the patch addition)

pkgtrans -n RICHse ./ : convert a package into file system format
: ie expand/extract the files w/o installing it.

See also
Patch Check Advance
, an interesting tool.

Patchadd Exit Codes

sol 9 / sol 10 patchadd exit code:
2 / 1 : Attempt to apply a patch that\’s already been applied
8 / 1 : Attempting to patch a package that is not installed
35 / 8 : Later revision already installed
25 / ? : A required patch is not applied

Up till Solaris 9, the patchadd was a shell script in /usr/sbin, and
all the return codes are listed in the beginning of the script.
But with Solaris 10, patchadd is a ELF executable, it has different
return code, but the flag -t will make it use the older return code.
I am reproducing the original return code here for convinience.

Solaris 8, 9 patchadd script return codes (or Solaris 10 w/ -t option):

0 No error
1 Usage error
2 Attempt to apply a patch that\’s already been applied [S10=1]
3 Effective UID is not root
4 Attempt to save original files failed
5 pkgadd failed
6 Patch is obsoleted
7 Invalid package directory
8 Attempting to patch a package that is not installed [S10=1,8]
9 Cannot access /usr/sbin/pkgadd (client problem)
10 Package validation errors
11 Error adding patch to root template
12 Patch script terminated due to signal
13 Symbolic link included in patch
15 The prepatch script had a return code other than 0.
16 The postpatch script had a return code other than 0.
17 Mismatch of the -d option between a previous patch
install and the current one.
18 Not enough space in the file systems that are targets
of the patch.
19 $SOFTINFO/INST_RELEASE file not found
20 A direct instance patch was required but not found
21 The required patches have not been installed on the manager
22 A progressive instance patch was required but not found
23 A restricted patch is already applied to the package
24 An incompatible patch is applied
25 A required patch is not applied [common]
26 The user specified backout data can\’t be found
27 The relative directory supplied can\’t be found
28 A pkginfo file is corrupt or missing
29 Bad patch ID format
30 Dryrun failure(s)
31 Path given for -C option is invalid
32 Must be running Solaris 2.6 or greater
33 Bad formatted patch file or patch file not found
34 Incorrect patch spool directory
35 Later revision already installed [S10=8]
36 Cannot create safe temporary directory
37 Illegal backout directory specified
38 A prepatch, prePatch or a postpatch script could not be executed
39 A compressed patch was unable to be decompressed
40 Error downloading a patch
41 Error verifying signed patch

showrev : showrevision (display system properties, incl hostid, os version, etc)
showrev -p : show all patches applied to sys
pkgparam : show parameter of a package, eg where to install, etc
pkgparam [pkgid] PATCHLIST : show all patche3s applied to the package [pkgid]
pkgparam [pkgid] PATCH_INFO_[patch_num] : shows installation date, etc of specific patch applied to [pkgid]

To search to see which package installed a given file, grep thru the /var/sadm/install/contents file.
eg, find who installed the cc (shell script!):
grep /usr/ucb/cc /var/sadm/install/contents

admintool : gui for varios task, add user, etc. runnable by user in gid 14

smc : sun management console, X GUI.
allow viewing of logs, some user config, etc.
SUPPOSED to have patch management and sol 9 allow multiple host patch at same time.
Depends on WBEM server process to be running (rc2.d/S9?wbem), require network port.

prodref : some GUI tool for \"super\" package mangement.

smpatch : Patch Management, analyze, download, install.
easier to figure out which patch to get, especially for storage and cluster products.
Both smc and smpatch sol 9 ins def, in /usr/sadm/bin
They are thick net client, req extra service (daemon and tcp port open)

smpatch download -i 105407-01 -i 116298-08 -i 116302-02
: download the list of patches
: looks for later revision also, so can specify -01 for all patches.
: resolve dependencies??
smpatch add -i 105407-01
: install the defined patches, multiple -i accepted

PatchPro… : another patch tool…

Patch Manager : tool from sun website, for Sol 8 and 9.

svcadm # solaris 10 new method of starting services,
# most basic OS dependent services have been migrated,
# though the higher app level are still in /etc/rc*.d/

svcadm enable autofs # permanently enable autofs service, starting it now
svcadm disable autofs # permanetnly disable the service, stopping it now also.
svcadm enable -t ssh # temporary enable the service, only last till reboot.
svcadm disable -t ssh
svcadm disable svc:/network/nis/client # NIS
svcadm enable network/ldap/client # LDAP client

svcs \"*\" # produce a list of services, and their current status
svcs -l ldap/client # long view of ldap client service status, dependencies, etc


Sun JASS Security toolkit.
Good stuff, can replace all the security script I wrote, but I still prefer to use mine for the basic
service disabling as the filename created by jass is kinda long and clunky.

default root password: t00lk1t

pkgadd -d SUNWjass all

cd /opt/SUNWjass

./jass-execute -d secure.driver



NOTE that jass disalbe the X server, so even Xvnc will not be able to start.

vi /etc/dt/config/Xservers
bottom of file, remove the the section \’nolisten tcp\’

secure.driver: Finish script: disable-xserver-listen.fin

Disabling the ability for the X11 server to listen on TCP/6000.

Adding the \’-nolisten tcp\’ option to the file, //etc/dt/config/Xservers.
This file is being created from the master version of the file,

[NOTE] Creating a new file, /etc/dt/config/Xservers.
[NOTE] Copying /etc/dt/config/Xservers to /etc/dt/config/Xservers.JASS.200301282347

jass disable rsh.
To re-enable rsh.
edit /etc/pam.conf
remove comment (ie, re-enable):
rsh auth sufficient

/etc/hosts.equiv # not really needed.
hostname user

Hardware commands

format = slice/partition disk, surface scan, etc. Linux/DOS call this fdisk.
Note that under part submenu, use \"label\" to save changes to the partition table to disk.
Use \"volname\" to add a name to the disk volume (shown in format disk list)

prtvtoc : print the volume table of content (vtoc, ie the partition table + disk geometry data)

swap -l list swap info
swap -a /dev/dsk/c… add slide as swap
swap -d /dev/dsk/c… delete slide as swap

drvconfig; disks : create entries in /dev/dsk/c*t* …
drvconfig; tapes : create entries for backup tape drives in /dev/rmt
: sometime drvcnofig cause problem, device config need boot -r to fix.
devfsadm : \"new\" solaris command for scanning new storage devices.

drvconfig; tapes; devlinks : tell system to reconfigure for new tape drive, eg /dev/rmt/0cbn etc

Fiber Channel commands:

cfgadm -c configure [c3] # configure controller 3 (HBA), scan san for LUN
# run devfsadm if needed, then see new \"disks\" in format

cfgadm -c unconfigure c3 # remove all config of the given controller

cfgadm -c unconfigure c0::dsk/c0t11d0 # unconfigure internal scsi disk (eg E250)
# so that dead disk no longer show up in \"format\"
# but still shows up in cfgadm -al
# (may need a reconfigure reboot to completely clear it)
cfgadm -c unconfigure c3::wwn # remove spurious entries in /etc/cfg/fp/fabric_WWN_map devices.
# such device cause boot warnings if left in there.
cfgadm -o force_update -c unconfigure cX::wwn # forceful manner of above
cfgadm -c unconfigure -o unusable_FCP_dev cX:wwn

luxadm fcode_download -p
display HBA firmware version and driver/path info.
luxadm is probably only for 880 w/ sse dev, and some sun array products.

luxadm probe
display WWN of fc dev

luxadm display [logical_dev]

Display resolution

Command to change VGA resolution in SOlaris 9 and 10, sparc.
Don\’t remember if they also worked for x86.

fbconfig -help
fbconfig -res \\? = list supported resolution for given frame buffer card
It seems to poke the monitor to see what it supports also.
fbconfig -res VESA_STD_1600x1200x85 try = test out desired resolution, test doesn\’t display anything
but it does set monitor to that resolution, and monitor ODM
can be used to see resolution/refresh or whether it blank out.
At the end, it prompt to save cnofig or not.
fbconfig -res VESA_STD_1600x1200x85 now = setup for this session only, but not permanent?
fbconfig -res VESA_STD_1600x1200x85 = no subcommand, seems to just set it.
fbconfig -res VESA_STD_1856x1392x75 now = used in sunblade2500, actual monitor res=1920×1440, which fb don\’t support.


For the odd occasion of needing to add drivers, here are the things to lookup:


boot device drivers
other drivers that could potentially be shared between platforms
/platform/`uname -i`/kernel/drv
platform-dependent drivers
driver aliases file
driver classes file
minor node permissions
major number binding

kdmconfig = hardware config used during install


Sun keyboard OBP related keystrokes:

stop-a : abort
stop-d : enter diag mode
stop-f : forth in ttya
stop-n : reset nvram to default values

Sun openboot EEPROM commands

boot cdrom boot from cdrom
boot disk boot from local hd
boot net boot by asking for tftp file

boot -r reconfigure, ie use when adding new devices eg hd
alternatively, create file /reconfigure and reboot.

boot cdrom – install install new os (upgrade is done by software after boot).

boot cdrom – install = normal install from cdrom
boot net – install = jumptstart install
boot -s = single user mode, hd is typically first default boot device
boot cdrom -s = single user mode boot from cd (for resetting root password use, etc)
boot net0 -s = use jumpstart server, boot over network as single user
boot net1 -s = net=net0, net1 is 2nd NIC

test /memory
test net

.asr = show list of components that can be disabled/enabled
asr-disable cpu0 = disable CPU0
Other components can be bank0, dimm0
asr-enable cpu0 = enable CPU0 again, after it has been fixed.

printenv : display all nvram var/value/default settings
setenv [var] [value] : set nvram variables to specified value

output-device def: screen alt: ttya ttyb
input-device def: keyboard alt: ttya ttyb
(some jerk has console, which, with frame buffer
card present, won\’t use ttya for output, weired…)
ttya-mode def: 9600,8,n,1,-
screen-#rows def: 34
auto-boot? def: true

set-defaults : reset all nvram config param to default

security-mode def: none other: level command # obp password stuff

device alias are set via nvalias [var] [val] and nvunalias [var]

Inside Solaris, shell command prompt can issue command eeprom to view and set eeprom variables,
including nvramrc, see the SDS/SVM root disk mirror for procedure.
for nvramrc modification, it is easiest if done from within solaris rather than
at the actual OK prompt.
For x86 platform, eeprom command from the shell must be used, as it doesn\’t have
a real OBP proper.

eeprom | grep serial # show system board serial, but not serial of machine
# for sun support case.

# eeprom local-mac-address?=true
use qfe internal local mac instead of same mac for all interfaces).
seems to require reboot; unplumb and plumb did not get it changed.
ifconfig has another option to program desired mac on it.

(in obp, it was either setenv or nvram something…)

Note that IDE disks have diff device path than scsi and fc devices:

/dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0 -> ../../devices/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/dad@0,0:a
/dev/dsk/c0t2d0s0 -> ../../devices/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/dad@2,0:a
/dev/dsk/c0t3d0s0 -> ../../devices/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/dad@3,0:a
Final rootdisk devalias: /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/disk@0,0:a

IDE disks device on x86 has name of the form: c0d0s1 (ie, no d-number)


redirect to use serial a as console

eeprom tty-ignore-cd=true
eeprom input-device=ttya
eeprom output-device=ttya

redirecting serial console to the serial port of RSC card (Remote Server Control)
Note that it is not like the LOM on SunFire V100.
RSC require OS software counterpart to work.
So, before setting this OBP param, install RSC software first!!

diag-console rsc
setenv input-device rsc-console
setenv output-device rsc-console

to get back to default settings (non-rsc)
diag-console ttya
setenv input-device keyboard
setenv output-device screen

Procedure to restore console to ttya. It works for V880 and V480,
For E250, just remove RSC card.

After turning on the power to your system, watch the front panel wrench
LED for rapid flashing during the boot process. Press the front panel Power
button twice (with a short, one-second delay in between presses).
[it is not the immediate boot flashing, wait for about 1 minutes later,
where service light flashes longer and front panel yellow arrrow does not comes on).

The above procedure sets all nvram parameters to their default settings.
These changes are temporary and the original values will be restored after the
next hardware or software reset.


Light Out Management

Sun Light Out Management (LOM).
IMHO, this is the best Serial Console Interface + Management of all the Sun machines.
LOM is available in the Telco grade machines, like V110, V1280.
It works directly over the RJ45 serial port, no special config needed, and it will ALWAYS work.
RSC card can go bad and one will be left without a working console, really bad when you are
logging in remotely using a serial concentrator.

For LOM, only need to learn a few critical commands.
From serial console into serial A port:

#. = sequence to get to LOM prompt (shell or obp).
console = return to os, normal console fn on original system state.
break = go to obp ok> prompt


there are options for LOM to automatically power cycle machine if it does not receive LOM events after threshold.
Solve misterious hang problem.

shell level command

lom -a : display all lom config

\"Advanced\" Light Out Management

ALOM – Advanced LOM. IMHO, A should be Awful rather than Advance.
I personally prefer the functionality and usage of LOM.
ALOM is a add-on card for V210, V220, V440
It isn\’t the same as LOM, as it is not available over the serial console port.
The serial provided by ALOM is not an automatic mirror of the system console either.

(New V490 claims to have ALOM, while the card look like ALOM card,
all the doc points that it is an RSC card (sans modem connection of old
RSC card). Couldn\’t login to tell more 🙁 But it requires
serial redirection like RSC, so not worth the headache.

It is probably a bit more integrated with the OS, to the sense that OS
can issue commands to configure/interact with ALOM, via the scadm command in
/usr/platform/SUNW,Sun-Fire-V240/sbin/scadm ALOM-cmd

ALOM cmd:

I didn\’t find it fruitful to learn ALOM. If you like, help yourself:
ALOM doc 817-1960

Remote Service Controller

A large number of Sun machines have an RSC PCI card in the back, eg E220$, E420R, V480).
The PCI card has a build in batter pack and thus allow one to use it even when
machine is powered off. It allows the admin to remotely power on the machine, and,
if Serial Console is redirected, to gain access to it also.
The biggest flaw is that the console has to be redirected via OBP, and it is a redirect,
not a mirroring of the console as done by HP-UX or AIX. The RSC card also need special
software installed on the machine first, so forget about using it as the console for
setting up OS on a new box. Again, I like LOM, nothing else from Sun is better than LOM 🙂
I do wish that the make LOM the standard for ALL machines, but with the new AMD-based machines,
I think Sun is going even more backward and using VGA, PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse. Yikes!

RSC has both serial console and NIC for telnet/http login to the RSC service.
If terminal server/serial concentrator is available, the only thing that
RSC provides is the ability to remotely power cycle the machine.

Main ref:
Sun Remote System Control (RSC) 2.2 User\’s Guide
It refers to E-250, but okay in 280R, V480

pkgadd -d .
system SUNWrsc Remote System Control
system SUNWrscd Remote System Control User Guide
system SUNWrscj Remote System Control GUI


Choose to give static ip, configure user, default mode cuar,
(username rsc), password is prompted after it upload settings
to rsc firmware, which takes several minutes.
Password is 6-8 chars. C.0..Ma.

Use telnet to configured IP.
Default escape char is ~.

Can install GUI client.
Can redirect console to rsc (serial port), and it has advantage of
being up even machine in standby mode, allow power on.
But MUST install rsc packages first, then change eeprom settings:

ok diag-console rsc
ok setenv input-device rsc-console
ok setenv output-device rsc-console

RSC was said to be buggy by Chong\’s friend.
Noticed once changing IP, which req rsc firmware reload, it reset the eeprom in/out-put device back to tty!

If RSC is not designated as the system console, you cannot use RSC to access the
console. You can temporarily redirect the console to RSC using the RSC bootmode
-u command, or by choosing Set Boot Mode using the RSC GUI and checking the
box labeled ôForce the host to direct the console to RSC.ö These methods affect the
next boot only.

Saving config and user account info:

rscadm show > rscadm_usershow.out
rscadm usershow > rscadm_usershow.out

commands are in /usr/platform/SUNW,Sun-Fire-480R/rsc

GUI avail for sun and windows.
/opt/rsc/bin/rsc is GUI client.
GUI listen on port 7598 (per netstat).
Not sure if there are ways to turn this GUI feature off…

Security assesment:
Ports open on RSC card IP address as per nmap scan:
filtered ports are not actually connectable using telnet test.
so, really just open 23 and 7598.

Port State Service
23/tcp open telnet
445/tcp filtered microsoft-ds
1434/tcp filtered ms-sql-m
4444/tcp filtered krb524
6346/tcp filtered unknown
6347/tcp filtered unknown
6667/tcp filtered irc
7598/tcp open unknown
7777/tcp filtered unknown
8888/tcp filtered sun-answerbook

(per snoop, port 5838 was in use, probably random port for comm)

RSC commands

(From Chapter 4 of sun RSC pdf doc).

environment Displays current environmental information
showenvironment Same as environment
shownetwork Displays the current network configuration
console Connects you to the server console
break Puts the server in debug mode
xir Generates an externally initiated soft reset to the server
bootmode Controls server firmware behavior, if followed by a server reset
within 10 minutes (similar to L1-key combinations on non-USB Sun
reset Resets the server immediately
poweroff Powers off the server
poweron Powers on the server
loghistory Displays the history of all events logged in the RSC event buffer
consolehistory Displays the history of all console messages logged in the buffer
consolerestart Makes the current boot and run console logs ôoriginalö
set Sets a configuration variable
show Displays one or more configuration variables
date Displays or sets the current time and date
showdate Same as date command without arguments
setdate Same as date command with arguments
password Changes your RSC password
useradd Adds an RSC user account
userdel Deletes an RSC user account
usershow Shows characteristics of an RSC user account
userpassword Sets or changes a userÆs password
userperm Sets the authorization for a user
resetrsc Resets RSC immediately
help Displays a list of RSC shell commands and a brief description of
version Displays version number for RSC firmware and components
showsc Same as version without the -v option
flashftp Updates the RSC Flash ROM image
display-fru Displays information stored in the RSC serial EEPROM
logout Ends your current RSC shell session
setlocator Turn the system locator LED on or off (Sun Fire V480 servers only).
showlocator Show the state of the system locator LED (Sun Fire V480 servers


sun v20z and v40z amd 64 machines
come with IPMI management port.
See sun doc 817-5249-11 ServerManagementGuide.pdf for details.
Claimed to be an open standard, supported by Intel, sourceforge, etc.

There is LOM (light out management) on v40z, accessible from IPMI lan port
(but not serial port?)

Service Processor (SP) run software to emulate full hardware
BMC card (Baseboard Management Controller).

SP IP Address can be set via front panel or default to DHCP

ssh sp_ip_address -l setup
SP username initial setup.
Once setup is completed, \"setup\" account (user) will be deleted.
If it prompt for password, it has been setup.
Lost password, SP can be reset from front operator panel.

SP also has its own SNMP traps and management channel.
See diagram p5 for in-band, out-of-band, snmp, etc config abilities/setup.
P20 has daisy chain setup of management LAN port.

Serial over LAN (SOL). p71
Will disable the com A serial port.
Doesn\’t seems to do graphics KVM, though some slight mention in beginning.
Need to see if Solaris will default to use Serial or need Video!!
Did read anything about OBP…

ssh -l spUser spIpAddr platform set console -s sp -e -S 9600
enable SOL.
spUser is the Service Processor user name
spIpAddr is the Service Processor IP Address

ssh -l spuser spipaddr platform set console -s platform
Disable SOL

ssh spIpAddr -l spUser platform console
Launch a SOL session.
To end session, either terminate ssh session via ssh escape ~.
or use keystroke seq: ^e c . (ctrl-e, c, then period)


ssh -l spipaddr spuser
To get to interactive shell with SP via dedicated IPMI LAN port
Here, IPMI commands can be issued.


IPMI commands.
see …

IPMI commands can be issued via a login to the IPMI LAN port, or
from the running host using the command ipmitool,
this is available in both Solaris and Linux,
and it is a special kernel module that need to be installed/compiled in,
and activated/loaded after boot.

# enabling IPMI thru lan interface on sol x64 / linux p 17
ipmitool -I lipmi lan set 6 ipaddr
ipmitool -I lipmi lan set 6 netmask
ipmitool -I lipmi lan set 6 defgw ipaddr
ipmitool -I lipmi lan set 6 password

# enabling LAN IPMI access, via out-of-band setup via LAN, p18
ipmi enable channel lan

# if ipmi lan channel access is not allowed, no further ipmi commands
# can be issued from the ssh session to the SP/IPMI port.
# once enabled, many commands are availabe, eg:

ipmitool -I open help # get help
ipmitool -I open chaninfo # get channel info
ipmitool power status # currrent power status
ipmitool power on|off|cycle|reset # power related commands.
ipmitool lan print # print IPMI lan port info
ipmitool lan set # set IPMI lan port adress, see p 34

Diagnostic tool

sun explorer. 5.0 avail before 2005/04/15.

pkgadd -d . SUNWexplo SUNWexplu
/opt/SUNWexplo/bin/explorer -g # first time setup, create machine/co profile.
/opt/SUNWexplo/bin/explorer -w \\!storage # run exluding storage check, good for shared storage.
-email # supposed to mail sun directly.
log in /opt/SUNWexplo/output/…

Note that there are some issues with shared storage,
and according to SE, with SunCluster. Okay in VCS.

SunVTS, Sun Validation and Test suite for hardware verification and stress test.
ver 5.1 (ps9) works for sol 9 and 8 (maybe 7).
[ver 6.0 works exclusively for sol 10; pkg install slightly diff]
pkgadd -d . SUNWlxml SUNWlxmlx # for sol 8 w/o xml pkg
pkgadd -d . SUNWvts SUNWvtsx SUNWvtsmn
# ask to enable kerberos, answer no.
Can copy /opt/SUNWvts/bin to an NFS dir and run it from there.
Sol 8 still need SUNWlxml and SUNWlxmlx installed for lib dependencies.
Sol9 seems to have some warning but runs ok.
cd /opt/SUNWvts/bin
./sunvts -t -l logdir # -t = TUI, easy to just start default test and let it run
# -l /path/to/logdir so that it does not log to /tmp by default

Random Sun Hardware Info

As per sun 420 server manual doc # 806-1080 p69,

CPU installation order is:
memory modules | slot 3 | slot 2 | slot 1 | slot 0 | PCI bus
install order | 3rd | 1st | 2nd | 4th |

not sure what is system view of CPU numbering, guess it would be:

| CPU 2 | CPU 0 | CPU 1 | CPU 3

hot plug disk cmd for 450.

no special procedure other than unmounting the drive and/or stopping volume mgnt software on the os level.
then just plug in drive and reprobe with drvconfig…
actually, 450 probed the disk automatically and onlined it (LED on, see new disk in format).

NIC name

Various machine\’s NIC name–not nickname 😛

hme0 most machines circa 2000 machines, eg Ultra 10, E220R, E250, E450, etc. 100 Mbps.
aka Happy Meal Entrie
qfe0 PCI quad card 100 Mbps each, circa 2000

ce0 V480R build-in NIC. Cu GigE
ge0 fiber GigE on PCI card, ca 2000
eri0 Sun Fire 280R build-in NIC
dmfe0 Sun …
ipge0 Sun T2000

iprb0 intel-based NIC (x86, eg Dell desktop, IBM laptop, PCI card)
elxl0 3Com NIC (x86, eg PCI card for desktop)

Sun machines nickname

Sun Blade 1500 Taco
Sun Blade 2500 Enchilada

kernel parameter

uname -a : kernel patch level, also see /etc/release.
modinfo : kernel loaded module
sysdef : system info (long)
prtconf : system config info, shorter
prtdiag : (/usr/platform/sun4u/sbin/prtdiag -v) : show cpu info, including speed, failed FRU, OBP level, etc.
: on system supporting it, memory config info.
psrinfo -v : show sun cpu speed and on/off-line status.
psdadm -f 3 : force cpu 3 to be offline. Useful when cpu is causing system crash as indicated by /var/adm/messages.
memconf : show memory simm config on a machine, find if available slots for expansion (GNU tool)

ipcrm : remove a message queue, semaphore set, or shared memory ID
: if oracle hog up all the memory, die ungracefully, can use this, or reboot
: also when too many process are present…

kbd -a disable : disable break mode when keyboard is pulled (safe to pull keyboard).
kbd -a enable : enable break mode, when keyboard is pulled, system drop to OK prompt.
# also make changes to /etc/default/kbd for boot time default.

crle configure runtime linking environment
similar effect as to setting up LD_LIBRARY_PATH
/var/ld/ld.config for 32- bit objects and
/var/ld/64/ld.config for 64-bit objects.

ls /platform/sun4u/kernel/



How Can we tell Solaris OS is running 32-bit or 64-bit?
Use the isalist command to determine whether the machine is running
the 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. If you are running the 64-bit
operating system on an UltraSPARC machine, then isalist
will list sparcv9 first

isainfo -b # 64 or 32 as output of os bit
-v # verbose, 64 bit = sparcv9 (both in one machine is normal)

sample /etc/sysconfig for oracle, db2, etc.

System Tuning

Virtual Adrian


\"Advance\" Sys Admin

Multi boot

reboot — disk2


from the Solaris CD #1, inside the Tools directory.
It will copy over all the necessary files to host the jumpstart server.

Files to modify after jumpstart server is setup, but just need to add client::


./check # produces rules.ok

cd /jumpstart/OS.local/sol_10_305_sparc/Solaris_10/Tools/
./add_install_client -p -c sol-client10 sun4u

cd /jumpstart/OS.local/sol_8_1001_sparc/Solaris_8/Tools/
./add_install_client -p -c sol-client8 sun4u

edit /etc/bootparams, and ensure all entries for server use IP address, not hostname.
If wanting to use another NFS server for main file repository,
would need to edit bootparams file carefully.
Be sure to correlate the info with local hosts file also.

Once all is setup, on client machine, issue from OBP:
boot net – install
boot net1 – install

# net1 would be the second NIC, though the sysidcfg file would need to be updated
# to assign IP on this interface instead of default/primary NIC at net0


  1. Do not change the hostname without reboot
    (eg by issueing \"hostname\"),
    this would cause misterious non-bootable hang on the client being jumpstarted.

  2. For sysidcfg file, network interfaces can use generic keywords
    like primary or default, instead of trying to figure out whether it is
    ce0, eri0, hme0, etc. eg:



  3. Virtual interfaces.

    If the jumpstart machine has a single nic that would be plugged to different vlan,
    it is okay to have /etc/rc2.d/S98setVlan script that setup a bunch of virtual interfaces:

    ifconfig iprb0:8 plumb
    ifconfig iprb0:8 netmask + broadcast + up
    ifconfig iprb0:13 plumb
    ifconfig iprb0:13 netmask + broadcast + up
    ifconfig iprb0:38 plumb
    ifconfig iprb0:38 netmask + broadcast + up

    ensure that /etc/netmasks has all the vlan defined, mistake may cause
    jumpstart client boottime hang problem.

    This way, just need to plug cable to the right vlan and no software changes.
    The downside of this config is that routing to different vlan defined by the
    virtual interface won\’t work (unless the switch configure all the vlans on the
    port the

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