System Administration Guide: Virtualization Using the Solaris Operating System

ProcedureHow to Move the zonepath to a new Host

There are many ways to create an archive of the zonepath. For example, you can use the cpio or pax commands described in the cpio(1)) and pax(1) man pages.

There are also several ways to transfer the archive to the new host. The mechanism used to transfer the zonepath from the source host to the destination depends on the local configuration. In some cases, such as a SAN, the zonepath data might not actually move. The SAN might simply be reconfigured so the zonepath is visible on the new host. In other cases, the zonepath might be written to tape, and the tape mailed to a new site.

For these reasons, this step is not automated. The system administrator must choose the most appropriate technique to move the zonepath to the new host.

  1. Become superuser, or assume the Primary Administrator role.

    To create the role and assign the role to a user, see Using the Solaris Management Tools With RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Basic Administration.

  2. Move the zonepath to the new host. You can use the method described in this procedure, or use another method of your choice.

Example 22–1 Archiving and Moving the zonepath Using the tar Command

  1. Create a tar file of the zonepath on host1 and transfer it to host2 by using the sftp command.

    host1# cd /export/zones
    host1# tar cf my-zone.tar my-zone
    host1# sftp host2
    Connecting to host2...
    sftp> cd /export/zones
    sftp> put my-zone.tar
    Uploading my-zone.tar to /export/zones/my-zone.tar
    sftp> quit
  2. On host2, unpack the tar file.

    host2# cd /export/zones
    host2# tar xf my-zone.tar

For more information, see sftp(1) and tar(1).


See Resolving Problems With a zoneadm attach Operation for troubleshooting information on the following:

Next Steps

If you have copied the data instead of reconfiguring a SAN, then the zonepath data will still be visible on the source host even though the zone is now in the configured state. You can either manually remove the zonepath from the source host after you have finished moving the data to the new host, or you can reattach the zone to the source host and use the zoneadm uninstall command to remove the zonepath.