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Trouble booting up Solaris 9 Server

Posted on 2006-11-28
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I am attempting to bring a Sun Fire 280 online, but it will not finish its boot up sequence. It appears to be hanging when it tries to connect to the network. This is where it leaves off:

Setting netmask ce0 to xxx.xxx.......
starting internet domain name server.
Setting default IPv4 interface for multicast: add net 224.0/4: gateway <server name>


It just hangs there for eternity. Why is this. thanks.

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Are you sure you have the IP & subnet mask correct?  Doesn't it eventually time out? Can you ping the loopback (127.0.0.1) from this server?  Can you then ping the assigned IP address?  Then can you ping the gateway?  This stepwise process is a simple way to track down where your IP config is misconfigured.
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All the network configuration information was fine and pingable. The problem was in the /etc/vfstab. I found references to a storage unit that is no longer in service. I think it was hanging trying to find it. That is the only thing I can come up with, since removing those lines allowed the system to boot all the way up. thanks!

I will still accept your answer and give points, because that was really the first place to look and the first placed I had looked.
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Thanks - and for future reference, if you have an nfs mount listed in your vfstab that you want to mount and DON'T want it to hang your system on boot up if it's not available, use the mount options 'soft,bg' in vfstab which will allow your system to still boot and background your mount process.
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