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Using Unified Archives for System Recovery and Cloning in Oracle® Solaris 11.4

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Updated: September 2020

Creating and Deploying Unified Archives

With Unified Archives, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Create an archive to be used for system recovery or system cloning.

  • Create bootable media from an archive to enable archive deployment.

  • Retrieve information related to an existing archive, such as archive creation time, architecture, and system content.

For detailed procedures, see Working With Unified Archives.

Three modes of archive deployment are available:

Note -  The first and third methods support the installation of logical domains from a Unified Archive.

Any installation method that uses AI profiles, including zone installations, can use Unified Archives.

A sysconfig profile overrides any system configuration information in an archive except some SMF configuration data. The SMF data is then implemented during the deployment together with the profile contents. See see Repository Layers in Managing System Services in Oracle Solaris 11.4.

Where no sysconfig profile is used, some archive deployments require input through an interactive system configuration screen. See Chapter 3, Working With System Configuration Profiles in Customizing Automated Installations With Manifests and Profiles.