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|System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris 10 Containers, and Resource Management Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10|
The ipkg zone uses the branded zones framework described in brands(5) to run zones installed with the same software as is installed in the global zone. The system software must always be in sync with the global zone when using an ipkg brand. The system software packages within the zone are managed using the image packaging system.
The various components within a package are specifically tagged to only be installed in either a global zone or a non-global zone. A given package can contain a file that is tagged so that it won't be installed into a non-global zone.
Only a subset of the Oracle Solaris packages installed in the global zone are completely replicated when a non-global zone is installed. For example, many packages that contain the Oracle Solaris kernel are not needed in a non-global zone. All non-global zones implicitly share the same kernel from the global zone.
To learn about IPS packaging on an Oracle Solaris system, see Oracle Solaris 11 Express Image Packaging System Guide.