Solaris-Zones: Linux IT Marbles Get a New Bag

Solaris-Zones provides the ability to run Linux and Solaris on the same machine without all the overhead of full virtualization.
Install a Defined Zone

We now have a defined zone. Use the zoneadm command to complete the OS installation into the zone named red-zone. The sub functions of zoneadm are related to the execution status of a zone. The install process of an lx branded zone requires Linux media. The media can be provided in a physical form and loaded into the system's CD-ROM drive, or you can use the “green” method and provide the image as one or more ISO files.

Boot the Zone

Once the zone installation is complete, it's time to boot it. Create two shells, and run the commands shown in Listing 4. Connect to the zone console first, then boot the zone in the second shell to get the full console experience (it's very fast, you'll not want to miss it). The example zlogin connects to the zone's console device and configures the escape (exit the zlogin) as the “#.” (pound sign then period) key sequence. This key sequence should be unique and avoid issues that the default sequence of “~.” (tilde then period) can cause when connectivity to the global zone is remote.

Login

A non-global zone has nearly the same abilities as the global zone to provide services: login connections are not limited to text or console logins. The use of zlogin with no options (only the zone name) connects to the zone without a console, which creates a tty and invokes login. Any active zone service also can be used, such as XDM, SSH and FTP, to allow other forms of login.

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