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    Boot Sequence on M Series, MX Series, T Series, TX Matrix, TX Matrix Plus, ACX Series, and PTX Series Devices with Routing Engines

    The M Series, MX Series (except for the MX80 routers and the MX104 routers), T Series, and TX Matrix routers with a Routing Engine that has a hard disk attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. Removable media emergency boot device, such as a PC Card (if present)
    2. CompactFlash card (if present)
    3. Hard disk

    The M Series and MX Series with a Routing Engine that has a solid-state drive (SSD) attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB media emergency boot device (if present)
    2. CompactFlash card
    3. Solid-state drive (SSD) in the SSD slot 1 or SSD slot 2 (if present)

    MX80 routers attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB media emergency boot device
    2. Dual, internal NAND flash device (first da0, then da1)

    MX104 routers attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB storage media device
    2. Internal NAND flash device (da0)

    The T Series routers with a Routing Engine that has a solid-state drive (SSD), and TX Matrix Plus routers attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB media emergency boot device
    2. CompactFlash card (if present)
    3. Solid-state drive (SSD) in the Disk 1 slot (if present)

      Note: The Disk 2 slot is not currently supported.

    4. Storage media available on the LAN

    The ACX Series routers attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB storage media device
    2. Dual, internal NAND flash device (first da0s1, then da0s2)

    The PTX Series Packet Transport Routers attempt to boot from the storage media in the following order:

    1. USB media emergency boot device
    2. CompactFlash card
    3. Solid-state drive (SSD) in the Disk 1 slot (if present)
    4. Storage media available on the LAN

    Note: Do not insert an emergency boot device during normal operations. The router does not operate normally when it is booted from an emergency boot device.

    If the router boots from an alternate boot device, Junos OS displays a message indicating this when you log in to the router. For example, the following message shows that the software booted from the hard disk (/dev/ad1s1a):

    login: username
    Password: password
    Last login: date on terminal

    --- Junos 8.0 R1 built date
    ---
    --- NOTICE: System is running on alternate media device (/dev/ad2s1a).

    This situation results when the router detects a problem with the primary boot device—usually the CompactFlash card—that prevents it from booting, and consequently boots from the alternate boot device (the hard disk drive). When this happens, the primary boot device is removed from the list of candidate boot devices. The problem is usually a serious hardware error. We recommend you contact the Juniper Networks Technical Assistance Center (JTAC).

    Note: On MX104 routers, if the router boots from an alternate boot device, Junos OS does not display any message indicating this when you log in to the router.

    When the router boots from the alternate boot device, the software and configuration are only as current as the most recent request system snapshot command. However, if the mirror-flash-on-disk command was enabled, then the hard disk drive contains a synchronized, mirror image of the compact flash drive and therefore the current software and configuration.

    Modified: 2017-08-31