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In particular, you need to understand how the storage devices are configured and named before you can create a file system on them or install the Oracle Solaris operating environment. Device management in the Oracle Solaris 11 environment includes adding and removing from system peripheral devices such as tape drives, printers, and disk drives. System administrators need to know how to specify device names when using commands to manage disks, file systems, and other devices.
This chapter describes disk device management in detail. It also describes disk device naming conventions as well as adding, configuring, and displaying information about disk devices attached to your system. Device Drivers A computer typically uses a wide range of peripheral and mass-storage devices such as a serial attached SCSI disk drive, a keyboard, a mouse, and some kind of magnetic backup medium. Oracle Solaris communicates with peripheral devices through device files or drivers.
Before Oracle Solaris can communicate with a device, the device must have a device driver. When a system is started for the first time, the kernel creates a device hierarchy to represent all of the devices connected to the system.
This is the autoconfiguration process, which is described later in this chapter. If a driver is not loaded for a particular peripheral device, that device is not functional.
We discuss these device names throughout this chapter.
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