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Oracle Solaris 11 Express Image Packaging System Guide     Oracle Solaris 11 Express 11/10
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1.  Introduction to the Image Packaging System

2.  IPS Graphical User Interfaces

3.  Working With Packages

4.  Creating and Managing Images

Why Create an Image?

Best Practices for Creating Images

Create an Image

Display, Set, and Remove Image Properties

Update an Image

A.  IPS Command Reference


Why Create an Image?

An image is a location on your system where packages and their associated files, directories, links, and dependencies can be installed.

An image can be one of three types:

After you have completed an installation of the Oracle Solaris OS, the root file system and its contents are contained in a full image. You might want to create new images to provide logical separation between different software applications.

The following figure shows partial images within a full system image.

Figure 4-1 Partial Images Within a System Image

Shows a full system image that contains an application image and an image within a zone.

See the Zones section in the System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones guide to learn about zones.

Best Practices for Creating Images