This chapter discussed administering storage devices and the various device drivers and device names used in Oracle Solaris 11. You must understand the device naming conventions used on both the SPARC-based and x86-based systems. I described the Oracle Solaris commands and utilities used to obtain information about these devices and drivers.
Device drivers are discussed in several chapters of this book because they are used in many aspects of the system administrator’s job. Devices are referenced when we install and boot the OS, when creating and mounting file systems, when setting up printers, and in general troubleshooting of system problems. It is very important that you have a good understanding of how device drivers are configured and named in the Oracle Solaris operating environment.
Now that we’ve discussed devices, device and driver names, and disk slices, the next chapter will introduce the creation and administration of ZFS file systems.