Cut’n’paste from orginal sunmanagers posting from here, should also be titled “Why ufsdump’s are still a good thing

Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 13:29:33 +0000


This is just a quick guide covering something that caught me out recently:


Solaris 8

We have a couple of E20R’s, all with mirrored system partitions (/, /usr,

/var, /opt) We run Legato Networker for our main backups, but I still run

a ufsdump every couple of nights aswell. The reasoning behind this is that

one of the E220’s is the Networker server, so in the event of a major

problem on this machine, we need to get it back before we can use Networker

to pull stuff from the backups.

With a tape that has UFS Dumps of your sys partitions, you can be back on

the road in a couple of hours (depends on tape speeds 🙂

There are scenarios where mirroring wont protect you, primarily user error,

which in this case was a restore be done on the wrong machine, so somebody

over wrote everything on the E220 with the contents of a different machine.

The snag with a mirrored setup is that if you boot of a CD or network, you

wont beable to see your metadevices, just the raw devices. So when your

restore from tape to an underlying device, what does the metaresync do on

reboot? I don’t know, but the solution is to restore to one drive and pull

the 2nd drive before rebooting, preventing the metaresync from doing

anything! After the recovery, reinsert the 2nd drive and reenable all


Here follows the detailed solution:

Things you should take note of before the disaster occurs!

  1. partitions sizes, names � mount points, just incase!

  2. The order in which partitions are written to tape

  3. The correct options for ufsrestore! (we use a block size of 512, which

always catches me out..)

Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Write protect your ufssdump tape.

  2. Pull your second drive (i.e. the one that your machine DOESN’T boot


  1. Boot from a Solaris CD or network jumpstart kit in single user mode

“boot cdrom -s” or “boot net -s”

  1. wipe your corrupted partitions:

newfs /dev/dsk/c0t0d0s0

newfs etc

  1. mount your root partition to /mnt and mount /opt as /mnt/opt etc to

fill out the tree

  1. This next step assumes that your partitions are written to tape in the

following order, /, /usr, /var, /opt

cd /mnt

ufsrestore rvfb /dev/rmt/0cn 512

cd /mnt/usr

ufsrestore rvfb /dev/rmt/0cn 512

cd /mnt/var

ufsrestore rvfb /dev/rmt/0cn 512

cd /mnt/opt

ufsrestore rvfb /dev/rmt/0cn 512

  1. Rewrite the boot block on your disk:

installboot /usr/platform/’/usr/sbin/uname -i’/lib/fs/ufs/bootblk


  1. Unmount everything.

cd /

umount /mnt/opt

umount /mnt/usr

umount /mnt/var

umount /mnt

  1. Go down to the OBP

shutdown -i0 -g0 -y

  1. Boot as normal (assuming you pulled the right drive, you may have to

boot off the, alternative if you didn’t, you can do this by setting

device aliases etc, detailed elsewhere)

  1. Everything look ok? Good, now reinsert the 2nd disk and re-enable the



metareplace -e d10 c0t1d0s0


  1. Be happy that your system is back 🙂

Please feel free to add comments � embelish this as you see fit. Hopefully

it will be of some help to somebody in there hour of need.