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Creating and Using Oracle® Solaris Zones

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Updated: August 2019

Using Clones

This method is appropriate for installing a small number of new zones and consists of two stages:

Exporting the source zone's configuration

All property settings of a zone are saved in storage specific to that zone. You extract the storage contents to a file to be applied to the new zones.

The source zone's configuration should ideally contain only minimal zone-specific settings so that adjustments to the exported file will also be minimal before you apply it to new zones.

Application-specific configurations generally must be reconfigured in the clone. For example, if you have a database instance in a zone and you clone that zone, you might have to reconfigure the database instance in the clone so that it recognizes itself as a different instance.

Cloning the source zone

Cloning the source zone installs the new zone. At the end of this process, you can boot the zone and begin using it. Before you clone the source, ensure first that it is shut down.