Analyze host setup details using OpenBoot commands
Change the default boot device
Test system hardware
Create device aliases using nvalias
Remove custom devices using nvunalias
Diagnose and troubleshoot booting problems
Halt a hung system
One of the main hardware differences between SPARC systems that run Solaris and PC systems that run Linux or Microsoft Windows is that SPARC systems have an OpenBoot PROM monitor program, which can be used to modify firmware settings prior to booting. In this chapter, we examine how the monitor can be used to boot a system and troubleshoot hardware problems.