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Boot Disk Management: A Guide for the Solaris™ Operating Environment by David Deeths, John S. Howard

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Boot Environments

The concept of a BE is central to the operation and implementation of LU. A BE is a group of file systems and their associated mount points. LU uses the term “boot environment” instead of “boot disk” because a BE can be contained on one disk or can be spread over several disks. LU provides a command-line interface and a graphical user interface (GUI) to create, populate, manipulate, and activate BEs.

You can create BEs on separate disks or on the same disk; however, a single root (/) file system is the recommended layout for the Solaris OE.

The active BE is the one that is currently booted and active; all other defined BEs are considered inactive. Inactive BEs are also referred to as alternate boot environments (ABEs).

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