About Cloning Non-Global Zones
Cloning allows you to copy an existing configured and installed zone on your
system to rapidly provision a new zone on the same system. Note
that at a minimum, you must reset properties and resources for the components
that cannot be identical for different zones. Thus, the zonepath must always be changed.
In addition, for a shared-IP zone, the IP addresses in any net resources
must be different. For an exclusive-IP zone, the physical property of any net
resources must be different.
Cloning a zone is a faster way to install a zone.
The new zone will include any changes that have been made to customize the source zone, such as added packages or file modifications.
When the source zonepath and the target zonepath both reside on ZFS
and are in the same pool, the zoneadm clone command automatically uses
ZFS to clone the zone. When using ZFS clone, the data is not
actually copied until it is modified. Thus, the initial clone takes very little
time. The zoneadm command takes a ZFS snapshot of the source zonepath, and
sets up the target zonepath. The system names the snapshot SUNWzoneX, where X
is a unique ID used to distinguish between multiple snapshots. The zonepath of
the destination zone is used to name the ZFS clone. A software inventory
is performed so that a snapshot used at a future time can
be validated by the system. To clone a source zone multiple times, the
zoneadm command allows you to specify that an existing snapshot should be used.
The system validates that the existing snapshot is usable on the target.
You cannot use manual snapshots, such as the type described in Creating and Destroying ZFS Snapshots in Solaris ZFS Administration Guide.
This type of snapshot lacks the data to perform a validation.
Note - You can specify that a ZFS zonepath be copied instead of ZFS cloned,
even though the source could be cloned in this way.
See Cloning a Non-Global Zone on the Same System for more information.