VMware, Solaris9 x86 and Disk

Solaris9

So my Solaris sysadmin skillz are getting rusty, and I had to add a new virtual disk to a VMware Solaris9 X86 system (it’s a long story) and I was drawing a blank….

bash-2.05# dmesg | grep ata
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris pcplusmp: [ID 637496 kern.info] pcplusmp: ide (ata) instance 0 vector 0xe ioapic 0x1 intin 0xe is bound to cpu 0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 640982 kern.info] IDE device at targ 0, lun 0 lastlun 0x0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 521533 kern.info] model VMware Virtual IDE Hard Drive, stat 50, err 0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 241969 kern.info] cfg 0x427a, cyl 16383, hd 15, sec/trk 63
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 674665 kern.info] mult1 0x8040, mult2 0x110, dwcap 0x0, cap 0x2f00
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 350272 kern.info] piomode 0x200, dmamode 0x0, advpiomode 0x3
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 245087 kern.info] minpio 160, minpioflow 120
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 435839 kern.info] valid 0x7, dwdma 0x7, majver 0x1e
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 640982 kern.info] ATAPI device at targ 1, lun 0 lastlun 0x0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 521533 kern.info] model VMware Virtual IDE CDROM Drive, stat 50, err 1
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 241969 kern.info] cfg 0x85c4, cyl 0, hd 0, sec/trk 0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 674665 kern.info] mult1 0x0, mult2 0x0, dwcap 0x0, cap 0xf00
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 350272 kern.info] piomode 0x200, dmamode 0x200, advpiomode 0x3
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 245087 kern.info] minpio 120, minpioflow 120
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris ata: [ID 435839 kern.info] valid 0x6, dwdma 0x7, majver 0x1e
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris pci: [ID 370704 kern.info] PCI-device: ide@0, ata0
Jun 6 17:44:48 solaris genunix: [ID 936769 kern.info] ata0 is /pci@0,0/pci-ide@7,1/ide@0

That all looked like crap… what the hell do you do again for X86 type disks in Solaris? Luckily Xwing at Kernal trap.org has a killer howto that answered all my questions. So if you need that, there it is.

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