System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System
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lx Branded Zone Construction

This section applies to only to initial zone construction, and not to the cloning of existing zones.

After you have configured a non-global zone, you should verify that the zone can be installed safely on your system's configuration. You can then install the zone. The files needed for the zone's root file system are installed by the system under the zone's root path. The Linux zone will be populated from CD, ISO images, or a tarball, as described in How to Install an lx Branded Zone.

The resources specified in the configuration file are added when the zone transitions from installed to ready. A unique zone ID is assigned by the system. File systems are mounted, network interfaces are set up, and devices are configured. Transitioning into the ready state prepares the virtual platform to begin running user processes.

A zone in the ready state does not have any user processes executing in it. The primary difference between a ready zone and a running zone is that at least one process is executing in a running zone. See the init(1M) man page for more information.

In the ready state, the zsched and zoneadmd processes are started to manage the virtual platform.

zoneadmd Zones Administration Daemon

The zones administration daemon, zoneadmd, is the primary process for managing the zone's virtual platform. For more information, see The zoneadmd Daemon.

zsched Zone Scheduling Process

The process that manages the application environment, zsched, is described in The zsched Zone Scheduler.

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