Creating and Using Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones

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Updated: December 2014

Managing Nested Zones

A nested zone is a non-global zone that is installed and booted from within a kernel zone. In nested zones, the kernel zone serves as the global zone. A nested zone can be a new solaris branded zone or a migrated solaris or solaris10 branded zone. Kernel zones are not supported as a nested zone.

Nested zones have the following requirements:

Operating System

All nested zones must have support for Oracle Solaris 11.2 or higher.

Network Configuration

A solaris or solaris10 branded zone that runs as a nested zone can use exclusive-IP or shared-IP. If you need an exclusive-IP configuration, you need to configure the kernel zone to allow for additional MAC addresses.

System Resources

Nested zones only can use system resources available to the kernel zone. These resources include virtual disks and iSCSI disks.


If a kernel zone containing a nested configuration is cloned, only the outside kernel zone will be cloned. Any zones inside the kernel zone are not cloned during the zone cloning process. See Cloning a Kernel Zone.