Does anyone know any good book(s) on learning the ins and outs of Solaris's SDS (Solaris Disk Suite) and its corresponding commands (metastat, metadb, meta*)? I'm looking to invest some time into this for work.
I can recommend the book "Boot-Disk-Management-Microsystems-Resource" by John S. Howard:
It covers both DiskSuite and Veritas.
SDS was renamed Solaris Volume Manager, the Oracle documentation in the administrator guides is also well worth reading:
It's worth piking up an old Sun Ultra with 2 x SCSI disks from ebay to learn disksuite. That way you can do the mirroring, splitting, patching, booting from each side without fear of breaking anything.