VMware Solutions Discussions

Fixing Solaris VM GRUB post mbralign


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

reinstalling 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

/opt/ontap/mbralign /vmfs/volumes/bb3e683b-12fad1ea/virthost/virthost-flat.vmdk

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



NetApp on Discord Image

We're on Discord, are you?

Live Chat, Watch Parties, and More!

Explore Banner

Meet Explore, NetApp’s digital sales platform

Engage digitally throughout the sales process, from product discovery to configuration, and handle all your post-purchase needs.

NetApp Insights to Action
I2A Banner