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Creating and Using Oracle® Solaris Zones

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Updated: August 2019

How to Create an Archive of the System Image

Perform this procedure to archive the file systems of the global zone that you will transform to a solaris zone.

  1. Become a zone administrator.

    For more information, see Using Rights Profiles to Install and Manage Zones.

  2. Verify that no non-global zones are installed on the source system, including kernel zones.

    A recovery archive that contains non-global zones would fail to install in a solaris zone.

    global$ zoneadm list -cv
      ID NAME             STATUS      PATH                         BRAND      IP
       0 global           running     /                            solaris    shared

    If there are non-global zones or kernel zones on the system, delete them by following procedures in Uninstalling and Deleting a Non-Global Zone.

  3. Create a recovery archive of the global zone on network storage.

    Specify the fully-qualified path of the recovery archive to create and end the file name with the .uar extension.

    source$ pfbash archiveadm create -r -z global recovery-archive.uar

See Also

The Unified Archive generated with the archiveadm command contains a zone configuration that serves as a starting point for the converted zone. Additional configuration might be needed to configure the zone in a way that is optimal for the target system.

For more information, see Using Unified Archives for System Recovery and Cloning in Oracle Solaris 11.4 and the archiveadm(8) man page.


Tip  -  In some deployments, data for the operating system and applications are segregated into separate ZFS pools. In this case, a backup and recovery system other than Unified Archives is used for protecting application data. You might want to create root-only archives. A root-only archive includes only the root pool, typically rpool. The action is the equivalent of using –-exclude-dataset for each ZFS pool that is not the root pool.
source$ pfbash archiveadm create -z global --recovery --root-only /archives/server1.uar

Next Steps

Go to How to Configure the Transformed Zone on the Target System.