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System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones
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Part I Resource Management

1.  Introduction to Solaris 10 Resource Management

2.  Projects and Tasks (Overview)

3.  Administering Projects and Tasks

4.  Extended Accounting (Overview)

5.  Administering Extended Accounting (Tasks)

6.  Resource Controls (Overview)

7.  Administering Resource Controls (Tasks)

8.  Fair Share Scheduler (Overview)

9.  Administering the Fair Share Scheduler (Tasks)

10.  Physical Memory Control Using the Resource Capping Daemon (Overview)

11.  Administering the Resource Capping Daemon (Tasks)

12.  Resource Pools (Overview)

13.  Creating and Administering Resource Pools (Tasks)

14.  Resource Management Configuration Example

15.  Resource Control Functionality in the Solaris Management Console

Part II Zones

16.  Introduction to Solaris Zones

17.  Non-Global Zone Configuration (Overview)

18.  Planning and Configuring Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

19.  About Installing, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling Non-Global Zones (Overview)

20.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling, and Cloning Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

21.  Non-Global Zone Login (Overview)

22.  Logging In to Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

23.  Moving and Migrating Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

24.  Solaris 10 9/10: Migrating a Physical Solaris System Into a Zone (Tasks)

25.  About Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Overview)

What's New in Packaging and Patching When Zones Are Installed

Packaging and Patch Tools Overview

About Packages and Zones

Patches Generated for Packages

Interactive Packages

Keeping Zones in Sync

Package Operations Possible in the Global Zone

Package Operations Possible in a Non-Global Zone

How Zone State Affects Patch and Package Operations

About Adding Packages in Zones

Using pkgadd in the Global Zone

Adding a Package to the Global Zone and to All Non-Global Zones

Adding a Package to the Global Zone Only

Adding a Package Installed in the Global Zone to all Non-Global Zones

Using pkgadd in a Non-Global Zone

About Removing Packages in Zones

Using pkgrm in the Global Zone

Removing a Package From the Global Zone and From all Non-Global Zones

Using pkgrm in a Non-Global Zone

Package Parameter Information

Setting Package Parameters for Zones

SUNW_PKG_ALLZONES Package Parameter

SUNW_PKG_HOLLOW Package Parameter

SUNW_PKG_THISZONE Package Parameter

Package Information Query

About Adding Patches in Zones

Solaris 10 8/07: Deferred Activation Patching

Solaris 10 10/09: Zones Parallel Patching to Reduce Patching Time

Applying Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed

Using patchadd in the Global Zone

Using patchadd in a Non-Global Zone

Interaction of patchadd -G and the pkginfo Variable on a System With Zones

Removing Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed

Using patchrm in the Global Zone

Using patchrm in a Non-Global Zone

Product Database

26.  Adding and Removing Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Tasks)

27.  Solaris Zones Administration (Overview)

28.  Solaris Zones Administration (Tasks)

29.  Upgrading a Solaris 10 System That Has Installed Non-Global Zones

30.  Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Solaris Zones Problems

Part III lx Branded Zones

31.  About Branded Zones and the Linux Branded Zone

32.  Planning the lx Branded Zone Configuration (Overview)

33.  Configuring the lx Branded Zone (Tasks)

34.  About Installing, Booting, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling lx Branded Zones (Overview)

35.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling and Cloning lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

36.  Logging In to lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

37.  Moving and Migrating lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

38.  Administering and Running Applications in lx Branded Zones (Tasks)



How Zone State Affects Patch and Package Operations

The following table describes what will happen when pkgadd, pkgrm, patchadd, and patchrm commands are used on a system with non-global zones in various states.

Note that revisions to the description of the installed state have been made to the table for the Solaris 10 5/08 release.

Zone State
Effect on Package and Patch Operations
Patch and package tools can be run. No software has been installed yet.
Patch and package tools can be run. During patch or packaging operations, the system moves a zone from the installed state to a new internal state called mounted. After patching has completed, the zone is reverted back to the installed state.

Note that immediately after zoneadm -z zonename install has completed, the zone is also moved to the installed state. A zone in the installed state that has never been booted cannot be patched or run packaging commands. The zone must be booted to the running state at least once. After a zone has been booted at least once, and then moved back to installed state via zoneadm halt, then patch and packaging commands can be run.

Patch and package tools can be run.
Patch and package tools can be run.
A zone being installed or removed by zoneadm. Patch and package tools cannot be used. The tools cannot bring the zone into the appropriate state for using the tools.