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Creating and Using Oracle® Solaris Zones

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Updated: April 2019
Chapter 7

Migrating and Converting Oracle Solaris Zones

This chapter describes how to migrate an existing solaris branded zone and its data from a source Oracle Solaris 11 system onto a target Oracle Solaris 11 system.

    This chapter also describes zone conversions. Zone conversion is used in the following processes:

  • Transforming global zones into non-global zones, also known as physical to virtual (P2V) conversion

  • Transforming non-global zones into global zones

Migration can also involve data transfer using archives. These archives can be Oracle Solaris Unified Archives or legacy archive types such as tar, cpio, and pax. For Oracle Solaris 11, zone conversions using archives can be part of a zone migration strategy.

Zone migration is used for server consolidation, workload rebalancing, and disaster recovery.