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)
    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) (click on video below)
    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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Tips, Helpful Hints and Best Practices

>> Mick:  We’re almost finished but just a couple of little tips. Here’s how you can install using pre-configuration rather than going through that process I just showed you on the screen. I can actually create and XML file containing all that config data using the sysconfig utility. 


Secondly, I can actually install the zone using an ISO so I can do a full normal Solaris install. 


Then lastly, I can use something called the unified archive but I would’ve created another zone or another system in order to deploy the system that I’ve just done. 


And then lastly, here’s some information about the memory management tweak that I showed you earlier. At one time, you could actually set the size of the ARC cache or you could limit the size of the ARC cache. But Oracle now recommend instead using this hint parameter that you can see. Set use the reserve hint PCT = and then the percentage of the RAM. This is supposed to inform Solaris that you need at least 60% of the system reserved for applications. 


There’s a lot more to it and there might be considerations on any given server about what is available and what is not. There’s a little reference if you log into my Oracle support. You can look for this document ID, 1663862.1 and that will tell you all about it or alternatively just Google that set user_reserve_hint_pct=60 and you’ll easily find the link to my Oracle support. 




That just about wraps up the tutorial presented to you by SkillBuilders who have vast resources for Oracle expertise as well as Solaris and Linux. I hope you enjoyed that tutorial. Look out for more. 


Lastly, just to let you know that if you’re going to use Solaris in any sort of commercial sense, you do need an appropriate license. You can use it for demonstration and development purposes on one system but for commercial use, you need to purchase Premier Support. Thank you very much for your time.



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