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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 List at http://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/hcl/index.html. 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.
An Oracle Solaris Container, also known as an Oracle Solaris Zone, is a complete runtime environment for applications. Oracle Solaris 10 Resource Manager and Oracle Solaris Zones software partitioning technology are both parts of the container. The 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 Ooperating 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.
Solaris Containers for Linux Applications use Oracle's BrandZ technology to run Linux applications on the Oracle Solaris 10 operating system. Linux applications run unmodified in the secure environment provided by the non-global zone feature. This enables you to use the Oracle Solaris system to develop, test, and deploy Linux applications.
To use this feature, see Part III, lx Branded Zones.
For information on using zones on a Trusted Extensions system, see Chapter 10, Managing Zones in Trusted Extensions (Tasks), in Trusted Extensions Administrator’s Procedures.
This book is intended for anyone responsible for administering one or more systems that run the Oracle Solaris 10 release. To use this book, you should have at least one to two years of UNIX system administration experience.
Here is a list of the topics that are covered by the System Administration Guides.
Solaris Containers: Resource Management and Solaris Zones Developer’s Guide describes how to write applications that partition and manage system resources and discusses which APIs to use. Programming examples and a discussion of programming issues to consider when writing an application are also provided.
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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