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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)



Solaris 10 8/07: Deferred Activation Patching

Starting with patches 119254-41 and 119255-41, the patchadd and patchrm patch installation utilities have been modified to change the way in which certain patches delivering features are handled. This modification affects the installation of these patches on any Solaris 10 release. These deferred-activation patches better handle the large scope of change delivered in feature patches such as kernel patches associated with Solaris 10 releases after the Solaris 10 3/05 release.

Deferred-activation patching uses the loopback file system (lofs) to ensure the stability of the running system. When a patch is applied to the running system, the lofs preserves stability during the patching process. These large kernel patches have always required a reboot, but now the required reboot activates the changes made by the lofs. The patch README provides instructions on which patches require a reboot.

If you are running non-global zones or have lofs disabled, consider these points when installing or removing deferred-activation patches:

Note - Using Solaris Live Upgrade to manage patching can prevent the problems associated with patching a running system. Solaris Live Upgrade can reduce the amount of downtime involved in patching and limit risk by providing fallback capability if problems occur. You can patch an inactive boot environment while the system is still in production, and boot back to original boot environment (BE) if problems are discovered in the new BE. See Upgrading a System With Packages or Patches in Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Installation Guide: Solaris Live Upgrade and Upgrade Planning.