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Hi, we are aligning all our VMs with Netapp's mbralign tool.
We fix the linux grub with a Rescue "super grub" CD - but this does not work on the Solaris VMs
Error is: "Error 6 Mismatched or corrupt version of stage1/stage2"
I tried the manual steps (specifying the "a" slice someone mentioned in a solaris forum):
grub> root (hd0,0,a)
grub> setup (hd0)
but got the same error
Has anyone successfully aligned a Solaris VM??
I opened a case and was told Netapp does not support mbralign on Solaris (and to open a case with Sun)
This despite the fact the
NetApp® Virtual Storage Console 2.0 for VMware® vSphereTM Installation and Administration Guide
index lists grub as a step in the realignment process for Solaris
Solarisreinstalling GRUB after running mbralign 58
the case engineer copy and pasted the steps to me from the guide and when I asked if he had tried those steps in the lab
(because I have many times and all Solaris grub fixes fail - or say they succeed and result in a non-bootable VM)
He then countered with the "Netapp does not support the Solaris grub fix - call Sun"
I have yet to hear of _anyone_ successfully aligning and grub fixing a Solaris VM into a bootable, aligned VM.
Since we have very few solaris VMs left this is not a huge deal for us - we're migrating all VMs to linux.
Better a late answer than no answer: I successfully realigned a Solaris 10 x86 VM with ZFS pools and reinstalled GRUB using mbrtools from Netapp Virtual Storage Console 4.2 running on ESXi 4.1.
1. Run mbralign on ESXi host for every single *-flat.vmdk file
2. Then boot from DVD into single user mode and update/reinstall GRUB.
echo | format
bootadm update-archive -f -R /a
installgrub -fm /boot/grub/stage1 /boot/grub/stage2 /dev/rdsk/c1t0d0s0
3. Verify proper booting
4. Remove the vmdk backup files
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