How to Configure and Install Solaris 11 Kernel Zones

After a brief introduction, Oracle Solaris 11 Certified Professional System Administrator Mick Hosegood will present (with demonstrations) the hardware and software requirements for Solaris 11 Kernel Zones, then demonstrate how to configure, install and manage Solaris 11 Zones.

This free Solaris 11 tutorial is divided into four separate lessons:

  1. Introduction, Requirements and Configuring for the Zone Installation (7:01)
    After a brief introduction, Certified Expert Mick Hosegood will present (with demonstrations) the hardware and software requirements for Solaris 11 Kernel Zones.
  2. Demonstration: Installing the Kernel Zone (3:46)
    In this lesson, Mick demonstrates how to do install a kernel zone.
  3. Demonstration: How to Boot the Zone (3:33) (click on video below)
    Learn How to Install Solaris 11 Zones! In lessons 1 and 2, OCP Mick Hosegood demonstrated how to check your hardware and software environments (prerequisites), how to configure a kernel zone and how to install a zone. In this lesson, Mick demonstrates how to boot a zone.
  4. Tips, Helpful Hints and Best Practices (2:13)
    In this lesson (4 of 4), Mick provides tips, helpful hints and best practices (including memory management) for Solaris 11 Kernel Zones.


Date: May 9, 2016

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Demonstration: How to Boot the Zone

>> Mick:  When we start to boot, we can also then connect to the console device and the reason I’m doing the command as you can see there on the right-hand side, the semi-colon and then the z log in. The z log in happens immediately. The prompt comes back from the boot command and I don’t miss anything coming out on the console. 




That’ll continue for a while. The numbers that you can see racking up there are something called the service management facility, SMF that is, service manifest imports. All the system services – Chrome, printing what have you, NFS server etc., etc. All the system services that run on the system are defined in XML files which are imported once only the first time the system is booted after an install. 


Once the system is configured itself it may actually reboot. While that’s going on, there we can see and it’s consistency in the boot archive. That’s a fairly standard thing for some reason but it will come back and reboot perfectly okay. I don’t know whether it’s a bug or whether it’s just a feature. 




While it’s happening, let me show you another terminal window. Here’s a kernel zone boot after an install on a machine that doesn’t have the operating system management tweaks that I talked about and I’ll describe very shortly and you can see it’s failed. There’s not enough space. There may be but maybe the ZFS ARC cache didn’t get trimmed quickly enough. 


The system is now coming up. The system has now entered the configuration tool. If I press F2, I can then enter my machine name. I’ll call it woody (without a capital, actually). F2. Manually configure the network. 




I won’t bother with DNS at the moment or any other name services. Continue quickly with the rest of the configuration. 


I’m in England. Date and time. Keyboard, very important. UK English, otherwise, my pipes and my quotes will get mixed up. Root password. I don’t want an optional account. I don’t want to register with Oracle or [3:03 inaudible] and I don’t need to specify a proxy server because I’m not registering with Oracle. 


That’s the configuration completed. Now when I press F2, it goes back to the remainder of the boot process for my new zone and very shortly that will come up with the log in prompt and I can log in and start configuring, start adding my applications and so forth. 

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