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|System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones|
The zoneadm command described in Part II, Zones and in the zoneadm(1M) man page is the primary tool used to install and administer non-global zones. Operations using the zoneadm command must be run from the global zone on the target system.
In addition to unpacking files from the archive, the install process performs checks, required postprocessing, and other functions to ensure that the zone is optimized to run on the host.
You can use an image of a Solaris system that has been fully configured with all of the software that will be run in the zone. See Creating the Image Used to Directly Migrate A Solaris System Into a Zone.
If you created a Solaris system archive from an existing system and use the -p (preserve sysidcfg) option when you install the zone, the zone will have the same identity as the system used to create the image.
If you use the -u (sys-unconfig) option when you install the zone on the target, the zone produced will not have a hostname or name service configured.
Caution - You must specify either the -p option or the -u option, or an error results.
The -a and -d options are mutually exclusive. The -p, -s, -u and -v options are only allowed when either -a or -d is provided.
global# zoneadm -z s-zone install -u -a /net/machine_name/s-system.flar
You will see various messages as the installation completes. This can take some time.
When the installation completes, use the list subcommand with the -i and -v options to list the installed zones and verify the status.
If an installation fails, review the log file. On success, the log file is in /var/log inside the zone. On failure, the log file is in /var/tmp in the global zone.
If a zone installation is interrupted or fails, the zone is left in the incomplete state. Use uninstall -F to reset the zone to the configured state.