You can use an image of an Oracle Solaris system that has been fully configured with all of the software that will be run in the zone. See Creating the Image for Directly Migrating Oracle Solaris 10 Systems Into Zones. The zoneadm install –a command takes an archive of a physical system.
You can use an image of an existing Oracle Solaris 10 native zone instead of an image from a physical system. See Chapter 3, Migrating an Oracle Solaris 10 native Non-Global Zone Into an Oracle Solaris 10 Zone. The zoneadm install –a commands take an archive of a zone or an archive of a physical system. and the zoneadm attach –a command takes an archive of a zone.