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Creating and Using Oracle® Solaris Kernel Zones

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Updated: December 2018

Verifying Hardware and Software Support on Kernel Zone Hosts

Before planning and deploying a kernel zone, you must verify that the kernel zone host has the hardware and software requirements as described in Hardware and Software Requirements for Oracle Solaris Kernel Zones. You can use the virtinfo command to verify the hardware requirements, firmware or BIOS requirements, and kernel zone brand package software requirements on the kernel zone host.

How to Verify That a System Can Support Kernel Zones

  1. On the kernel zone host, become an administrator.

    For more information, see Assigning Rights to Non-Root Users to Manage Zones in Creating and Using Oracle Solaris Zones.

  2. Verify that the Oracle Solaris operating system version is at least 11.2.
    $ uname -a

    For example, on the system global:

    global$ uname -a
    SunOS global 5.11 11.2 sun4v sparc sun4v
  3. Verify the installation of the kernel zone brand package brand/brand-solaris-kz.
    $ pkg list brand/brand-solaris-kz

    The following example shows that the kernel zone brand package is installed on the system global.

    global$  pkg list brand/brand-solaris-kz
    NAME (PUBLISHER)                               VERSION                        IFO
    system/zones/brand/brand-solaris-kz            0.5.11-    i--
  4. Run the virtinfo command.
    $ virtinfo

    The following example output shows that kernel zones are supported on the system global, which is a logical domain.

    global$ virtinfo
    NAME            CLASS
    logical-domain  current
    non-global-zone supported
    kernel-zone     supported

See Also

For further information, see the virtinfo(1M) man page.