Moving disk partition from Solaris sparc to x86

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Old 08-11-2011
Moving disk partition from Solaris sparc to x86

Hello Gurus,

Im trying to migrate some SAN disks from sparc server to X86 one, and having issues with disks not getting mounted on the X86 server with " not this fstyp error" due to the different partitions lay out between the two OS. I have tried it from sparc to sparc server and it worked, also from X86 to X86 but not cross the way.

I have been searching online with no luck, have anyone come across a way to convert solaris sparc disk layout into X86 one without losing date?

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Old 08-11-2011
What kind of FS are you using? vxfs or ufs or zfs?
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Old 08-11-2011
Thanks for your reply dude2cool,
Sorry I forgot to mention that both servers are using UFS only.
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Old 08-11-2011
I think you may have to resort to ufsdump combined with ufsrestore to handle this. Test it out before touching production data Smilie.

If you were using veritas FS with CDS(Cross-platform Data Sharing) disks,I think it can handle cross platform migrations.
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Old 08-11-2011
UFS is architecture (endianness precisely) dependent. You need to backup/restore using a generic archive format to achieve what you want.
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Old 08-11-2011
Yes indeed I agree with jlliagre
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Old 08-11-2011
and I agree with dude2cool, ufsdump/ufsrestore should properly handle the endianness change.

By the way, ZFS, while storing its data in the current endianness, can be mounted and used by a machine with a different architecture.
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