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System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones
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Part I Resource Management

1.  Introduction to Solaris 10 Resource Management

2.  Projects and Tasks (Overview)

3.  Administering Projects and Tasks

4.  Extended Accounting (Overview)

5.  Administering Extended Accounting (Tasks)

6.  Resource Controls (Overview)

7.  Administering Resource Controls (Tasks)

8.  Fair Share Scheduler (Overview)

9.  Administering the Fair Share Scheduler (Tasks)

10.  Physical Memory Control Using the Resource Capping Daemon (Overview)

11.  Administering the Resource Capping Daemon (Tasks)

12.  Resource Pools (Overview)

13.  Creating and Administering Resource Pools (Tasks)

14.  Resource Management Configuration Example

15.  Resource Control Functionality in the Solaris Management Console

Part II Zones

16.  Introduction to Solaris Zones

17.  Non-Global Zone Configuration (Overview)

18.  Planning and Configuring Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

19.  About Installing, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling Non-Global Zones (Overview)

20.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling, and Cloning Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

21.  Non-Global Zone Login (Overview)

22.  Logging In to Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

23.  Moving and Migrating Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

Solaris 10 11/06: Moving a Non-Global Zone

How to Move a Zone

Solaris 10 11/06: Migrating a Non-Global Zone to a Different Machine

About Migrating a Zone

How to Migrate A Non-Global Zone

How to Move the zonepath to a New Host

Solaris 10 5/08: About Validating a Zone Migration Before the Migration Is Performed

Solaris 10 5/08: How to Validate a Zone Migration Before the Migration Is Performed

Migrating a Zone From a Machine That Is not Usable

Using Update on Attach as a Patching Solution

24.  Solaris 10 9/10: Migrating a Physical Solaris System Into a Zone (Tasks)

25.  About Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Overview)

26.  Adding and Removing Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Tasks)

27.  Solaris Zones Administration (Overview)

28.  Solaris Zones Administration (Tasks)

29.  Upgrading a Solaris 10 System That Has Installed Non-Global Zones

30.  Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Solaris Zones Problems

Part III lx Branded Zones

31.  About Branded Zones and the Linux Branded Zone

32.  Planning the lx Branded Zone Configuration (Overview)

33.  Configuring the lx Branded Zone (Tasks)

34.  About Installing, Booting, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling lx Branded Zones (Overview)

35.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling and Cloning lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

36.  Logging In to lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

37.  Moving and Migrating lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

38.  Administering and Running Applications in lx Branded Zones (Tasks)



Using Update on Attach as a Patching Solution

The update on attach process developed for migrating zones to a different system can also be used to patch zones. This method allows the global zone to be available more quickly. The system administrator can then control which zones are updated first and get those zones running before less critical zones are updated and booted.

The following process updates all patches so that the zone looks like a newly installed zone on the system:

  1. Before applying a patch bundle to the global zone, detach all of the non-global zones.

  2. Apply the patch bundle to the global zone.

  3. After the bundle has been applied and the system has been rebooted, use the zoneadm attach command with the -U option to bring the non-global zones up to the same patch level as the global zone.

Any packages installed inside the zone but not installed in the global zone are ignored and not affected.

See Solaris 10 10/09: Zones Parallel Patching to Reduce Patching Time for a fast patching solution that utilizes the patchadd utility.