Creating and using emergency recovery media

Recovering an unusable system

If your system will not boot, your system software is corrupted beyond repair, or your hard disk has been reformatted or replaced, you can use your emergency recovery boot media, tapes, and incremental backups to restore your system.

Before attempting to restore the system, ensure that your motherboard, hard disks, memory, and peripherals are in good working order. Do so by running any hardware diagnostics included with your system by the manufacturer. While this recovery procedure restores all the system software, applications, and data on the recovery media to your hard disk, it does not ensure proper operation of the system hardware.

To recover the system:

  1. Boot the system using the emergency recovery boot media (diskettes or CD). Enter your licensing information when prompted.

  2. Correct the system damage or restore data from the emergency recovery tapes.

    The emergency recovery main menu provides options to start a limited UnixWare 7 operating system command-line shell, to restore data from emergency recovery tapes, to mount or unmount all filesystems (if UnixWare 7 data is accessible on the hard disk), and to reboot the system.

  3. Use the up or down arrow keys or the <Tab> key to select the desired choice and then press <Enter>.

  4. Remove the emergency recovery boot media. If you restored the system from the emergency recovery tapes, you can remove the last tape from the tape drive at this time.

  5. Press <Esc> to reboot your system.

    You may notice error messages similar to the following:

    UX: initprivs: WARNING: File ``file'' fails validation: entry ignored
    UX: initprivs: WARNING: X entries ignored in ``/etc/security/tcb/privs''
    This is because the date stamp for the inode was changed during the restore process.

    You can fix these errors after your system boots into multi-user mode, by logging in as root and entering the following command:

    /etc/security/tools/setpriv -x

  6. If you created any full or incremental backups of your system after creating the emergency recovery tapes, restore those backups using the restore method corresponding to the backup method you used to create them.

    For example, if you created backups using the cpio(1) command, use the same method to restore the archive.

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UnixWare 7 Release 7.1.4 - 22 April 2004