System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System
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Running Applications in Non-Global Zones

In general, all applications can run in a non-global zone. However, the following types of applications might not be suitable for this environment:

  • Applications that use privileged operations that affect the system as a whole. Examples include operations that set the global system clock or lock down physical memory.

  • The few applications dependent upon certain devices that do not exist in a non-global zone, such as /dev/kmem.

  • Applications that expect to be able to write into /usr, either at runtime or when being installed, patched, or upgraded. This is because /usr is read-only for a non-global zone by default. Sometimes the issues associated with this type of application can be mitigated without changing the application itself.

  • In a shared-IP zone, applications dependent upon devices in /dev/ip.

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