How to configure Solaris 10 as Branded zone in Solaris 11

In this article I am going to explain how to create branded zone in Solaris 11. Sometimes our applications are specific to run on particular version of OS in those cases branded zones come into picture.

In case of Solaris 11 only Solaris 10 can be implemented as branded zone. Below is the procedure to implement the Solaris 10 as branded zone in Solaris 11.

Step 1 : First we need to check that package which support the branded zone feature is installed on server.

root@Solaris11:~# pkg list /system/zones/brand/brand-solaris10

NAME (PUBLISHER)                                  VERSION                    IFO

system/zones/brand/brand-solaris10                0.5.11-    i—

Step 2: After that we need to create one zfs file system which can act as zonepath for zone. Here I have created new pool and then zfs file system named as s10zone1.

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# zpool create pool2 c8t2d0

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# zfs create pool2/s10zone1

Step 3: After the creation of pool we need to download the Solaris 10 template from Oracle site. This is binary file we can run this as script by giving the parameters shown below.

Link to download the Solaris 10 template

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# chmod 777 solaris-10u11-x86.bin

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# ./solaris-10u11-x86.bin -p /pool2/s10zone1 -a -i net0 -z s10-zone1

       This is an Oracle VM Template for Oracle Solaris Zones.

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  Info: could not find a defaultrouter

  Zone won’t have any defaultrouter configured

IMAGE:      ./solaris-10u11-x86.bin

ZONE:       s10-zone1

ZONEPATH:   /pool2/s10zone1/s10-zone1

VNIC:       vnicZBI96683569




TIMEZONE:   Asia/Kolkata

Checking disk-space for extraction


Extracting in /pool1/zfs1/bootimage.OvaGCd …

100% [===============================>]

Checking data integrity


Checking platform compatibility

      The host  and  the image  do not have  the same Solaris release:

        host  Solaris release:   5.11

        image Solaris release:   5.10

      Will create a Solaris 10 branded zone.

Checking disk-space for installation


Installing in /pool2/s10zone1/s10-zone1 …

100% [===============================>]

Attaching s10-zone1


Booting s10-zone1

  waiting for boot to complete

  local file systems mounted




Zone s10-zone1 booted

The zone’s root password has been set with the one of  the global zone.

To harden the zone’s security you can change this password: being root,

connect   to   the  zone  from   the  global  zone  with   the  command

‘zlogin s10-zone1’.

Once  logged in,  change the root password  with  the command ‘passwd’.

 Step 4 : We have to wait for approx 20-25 minutes for the completion of above script. Then we can issue the below commands to check the status of newly created zone.

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# zoneadm list -cv

  ID NAME             STATUS     PATH                           BRAND    IP

   0 global           running    /                              solaris  shared

   3 s10-zone1        running    /pool2/s10zone1/s10-zone1      solaris10 excl

root@Solaris11:/pool1/zfs1# zlogin s10-zone1

[Connected to zone ‘s10-zone1’ pts/2]

Oracle Corporation      SunOS 5.10      Generic Patch   January 2005

# uname -a

SunOS s10-zone1 5.10 Generic_Virtual i86pc i386 i86pc

# more /etc/release

                    Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 s10x_u11wos_24a X86

  Copyright (c) 1983, 2013, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

                            Assembled 17 January 2013

# pkgcond -n is_what















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