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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 10/09: Zones Parallel Patching to Reduce Patching Time

Zones parallel patching is an enhancement to the standard Solaris 10 patch utilities, which comprise the supported method for patching non-global zones on your Solaris 10 system. This feature improves zones patching performance by patching non-global zones in parallel.

For releases prior to Solaris 10 10/09, this feature is delivered in the patch utilities patch, 119254-66 or later revision (SPARC) and 119255-66 or later revision (x86).

The maximum number of non-global zones to be patched in parallel is set in a new configuration file for patchadd, /etc/patch/pdo.conf. Revision 66 or later of this patch works for all Solaris 10 systems and higher level patch automation tools such as Sun xVM Ops Center.

The global zone is still patched first. When the global zone has finished patching, the number of non-global zones set in num_proc= are patched together. The maximum number is 1.5 times the number of online CPUs , up to the number of actual non-global zones on the system.

An example is:

If there are more than this number of non-global zones on the system, the first 6 will be patched in parallel, then the remaining non-global zones will be patched as processes finish patching the first group.

Using Solaris Live Upgrade as well as the new patch to manage patching provides 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.

Also see Solaris 10 10/09: How to Patch Non-Global Zones in Parallel.

Note - To quickly update all of the packages for the zone, so that these packages match what would be seen with a newly installed non-global zone on the host, the zones can be detached while the global zone is patched, and then reattached with the -U option to match the level of the global zone. SeeUsing Update on Attach as a Patching Solution for more information.