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

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Introduction to VERITAS Volume Manager

Despite the wide acceptance of VxVM for mission-critical data storage on large systems, many system administrators spurn its use for managing boot devices and their associated mirrors. Many, in fact, go through the extra effort and expense of installing a second volume manager to exclusively handle the boot disk and its mirror.

While VxVM does not enjoy a reputation as an easy and effective storage manager for the boot device on hosts running the Solaris Operating Environment (OE), the reputation is not entirely deserved. Although recovering a boot disk encapsulated in the default manner can be complex, error-prone, and arduous, nearly all of the difficulties involved in managing VxVM boot disks result ...

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