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System Administration Guide: Basic Administration
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Managing the Solaris Boot Archives (Task Map)

Table 14-1 Solaris Boot Archive Management: Task Map

Task

Description

For Information

Manage the boot-archive service.

The boot-archive service is controlled by the Service Management Facilty (SMF). Use the svcadm command to enable and disable services. Use the svcs command to verify whether the boot-archive service is running.

Managing the boot-archive Service

Clear the boot-archive service.

Use this procedure as an alternate to booting the failsafe archive. After the boot-archive service is cleared, the bootadm command runs silently to update the boot archives.

How to Update an Inconsistent Boot Archive by Clearing the boot-archive Service

Update the boot archives by using the bootadm command.

Use the bootadm update-archive command to manually update the boot archive.

How to Manually Update the Boot Archive

Manually update the boot archive for a mirrored root (/) partition.

On systems that use a metadevice mirror for the root (/) partition, booting the failsafe archive and running the bootadm update-archive command to manually update the boot archive fails. This problem occurs because the mirror is a metadevice. Consequently, you must manually update the boot archive.

How to Manually Update the Boot Archive on a RAID-1 (Mirror) Volume

List the contents of the boot archives by using the bootadm command.

Use the bootadm list-archive command to list the contents of the boot archive.

How to List Contents of the Boot Archive

x86 only: Locate the active GRUB menu by using the bootadm command.

Use the bootadm list-menu command to determine the location of the active GRUB menu.

x86: How to Locate the Active GRUB Menu and List Current Menu Entries

x86 only: Set the default boot entry in the GRUB menu by using the bootadm command.

Use the bootadm set-menu command to set the default boot entry in the GRUB menu.

x86: How to Set the Default Boot Entry for the Active GRUB Menu

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