System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System
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Setting Up lx Branded Zones on Your System (Task Map)

The following table provides an overview of the tasks that are involved in setting up lx zones on your system for the first time.



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Identify each 32–bit Linux application that you would like to run in a zone.

Assess the system needs of the application.

Refer to your business goals and to your system documentation if necessary.

Determine how many zones to configure.


  • The number of Linux applications you intend to run.

  • The disk space requirements for Linux branded zones.

  • Whether you need to use a script.

See Application Support, System and Space Requirements, Evaluating the Current System Setup, Script to Configure Multiple lx Branded Zones.

Determine whether you will use resource pools with your zone to create a container.

If you are using resource pools, configure the pools before you configure zones.

Note that you can add zone-wide resource controls and pool functionality to a zone quickly by using zonecfg properties.

See How to Configure the lx Branded Zone, Chapter 13, Creating and Administering Resource Pools (Tasks).

Perform the preconfiguration tasks.

Determine the zone name and the zone path for each zone. If network connectivity is required, obtain IP addresses. Determine the scheduling class for the zone. Determine the set of privileges that processes inside the zone should be limited to, if the standard default set is not sufficient.

For information on the zone name, zone path, IP addresses, and scheduling class, see lx Branded Zone Configuration Components. For a listing of default privileges and privileges that can be configured in a non-global zone, see Privileges in a Non-Global Zone.

For information on resource pool association, see How Zones Work and How to Configure the lx Branded Zone.

Develop configurations.

Configure non-global zones.

See Configuring, Verifying, and Committing a Zone and the zonecfg(1M) man page.

As global administrator, verify and install configured zones.

Zones must be verified and installed prior to booting the zone. You must obtain a Linux distribution before you install a Linux branded zone.

See Chapter 32, About Installing, Booting, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling lx Branded Zones (Overview) and Chapter 33, Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling and Cloning lx Branded Zones (Tasks).

As global administrator, boot the non-global zones.

Boot each zone to place the zone in the running state.

See Chapter 33, Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling and Cloning lx Branded Zones (Tasks).

Prepare the new zone for production use.

Create user accounts, add additional software, and customize the zone's configuration using standard Linux system administration tools and methodologies from within the zone.

Refer to the documentation you use to set up a newly installed machine and install applications. Special considerations applicable to a system with zones installed are covered in this guide.

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