Monthly Archives: October 2011

Large file transfer failure with IPMP

I had an issue today where large file transfers via SCP from within the data center were failing intermittently to an IPMP NIC pair. We quickly found that the transfer always failed to one IP but not the other. Half … Continue reading

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ZFS hot spares

If you have more disks than you need to use in your ZFS pool, then by all means, give them to ZFS to use as “hot spares.” Here is an experiment to show the process and results: # zpool create … Continue reading

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Solaris Console GUI

To disable the GUI auto startup:/usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -d To ENable the GUI auto startup: /usr/dt/bin/dtconfig -e

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Solaris Single User Mode on x86/i386

This may seem silly, but I work exclusively on SPARC boxes, so when I need to get an x86 box into single user mode, such as in VirtualBox, I am lost. To get Solaris x86 into single use mode: 1. … Continue reading

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Changing network settings on an M5000 (or M9000) XSCF

First, here is the documentation on the XSCF commands: http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E19580-01/821-2797-10/21ch2p.html#50450504_62902 Second, you will have to reset (“reboot”) the XSCF to apply any network setting changes. This will NOT reboot the running operating system, but it does take a few minutes. … Continue reading

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Zone File System Moving

Zone file systems are a little confusing. This quick guide on moving a file system from one mount point to another should help explain a few of the details that can be used for other operations as well. In the … Continue reading

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pkgtrans

The easiest way to get at the guts of a package is with pkgtrans. This will take a package file and make it into a pile of files in a folder under /tmp: pkgtrans pkgname /tmp all Note that not … Continue reading

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Fixing /etc/group

/etc/group can have a few problems. The biggest one is when a line gets too long and then you cannot add more users to a group. The maximum line length for /etc/group in Solaris 10 is 2048 characters. grpck will … Continue reading

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Large files (over 2 gigabyte) in VXFS

“Large File” support was not always default in VXFS. Old file systems may not support files over 2 gigabytes. They just “do not work” and commands like unzip don’t know why. They usually think the file system is full. Use … Continue reading

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