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This book is part of a multivolume set that covers a significant part of the Oracle Solaris operating system administration information. This book assumes that you have already installed the operating system and set up any networking software that you plan to use.
Note - This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures. The supported systems appear in the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.
In this document these x86 related terms mean the following:
“x86” refers to the larger family of 64-bit and 32-bit x86 compatible products.
“x64” relates specifically to 64-bit x86 compatible CPUs.
“32-bit x86” points out specific 32-bit information about x86 based systems.
For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists.
An Oracle Solaris Zone is a complete runtime environment for applications. A zone provides a virtual mapping from the application to the platform resources. Zones allow application components to be isolated from one another even though the zones share a single instance of the Oracle Solaris operating system. Resource management features permit you to allocate the quantity of resources that a workload receives.
The zone establishes boundaries for resource consumption, such as CPU. These boundaries can be expanded to adapt to changing processing requirements of the application running in the zone.
Oracle Solaris 10 Zones, also known as solaris10 branded non-global zones, use BrandZ technology to run Oracle Solaris 10 applications on the Oracle Solaris 11 Express operating system. Applications run unmodified in the secure environment provided by the non-global zone feature. This enables you to use the Oracle Solaris 10 system to develop, test, and deploy applications. Workloads running within these branded zones can take advantage of the enhancements made to the kernel and utilize some of the innovative technologies available only on the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release.
To use this feature, see Part III, Oracle Solaris 10 Zones.
For information on using zones on an Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions system, see Chapter 16, Managing Zones in Trusted Extensions (Tasks), in Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions Configuration and Administration. Note that only the labeled brand can be booted on an Oracle Solaris system configuration.
This book is intended for anyone responsible for administering one or more systems that run the Oracle Solaris release. To use this book, you should have at least one to two years of UNIX system administration experience.
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The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.
Table P-1 Typographic Conventions
The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.
Table P-2 Shell Prompts