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System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System
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Planning and Configuring an lx Branded Zone (Task Map)

Before you set up your system to use zones, you must first collect information and make decisions about how to configure the zones. The following task map summarizes how to plan and configure an lx zone.



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Plan your zone strategy.

  • Determine which applications you want to run in zones.

  • Assess the availability of disk space to hold the files in the zone.

  • If you are also using resource management features, determine how to align the zone with the resource management boundaries.

  • If you are using resource pools, configure the pools if necessary.

See System and Space Requirements and Resource Pools Used in Zones.

Determine the name and the path for the zone.

Decide what to call the zone based on the naming conventions. A path on a Zetabyte File System (ZFS) is recommended. 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.

See Resource and Property Types and Solaris ZFS Administration Guide.

Obtain or configure IP addresses for the zone.

Depending on your configuration, you must obtain at least one IP address for each non-global zone that you want to have network access.

See Determine the Zone Host Name and Obtain the Network Address and System Administration Guide: IP Services.

Determine if you want to mount file systems in the zone.

Review your application requirements.

See File Systems Mounted in Zones for more information.

Determine which network interfaces should be made available in the zone.

Review your application requirements.

See Shared-IP Network Interfaces for more information.

Determine whether you must alter the default set of non-global zone permissions.

Check the set of privileges: default, privileges that can be added and removed, and privileges that cannot be used at this time.

See Resource and Property Types and Privileges in a Non-Global Zone.

Configure the zone.

Use zonecfg to create a configuration for the zone.

See How to Configure, Verify, and Commit the lx Branded Zone.

Verify and commit the configured zone.

Determine whether the resources and properties specified are valid on a hypothetical system.

See How to Configure, Verify, and Commit the lx Branded Zone.

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