I'm just trying to get my head around how to setup the whole pool/resource 
capping arena for my server/zone configurations and am finding it a bit 
confusing and arcane. Your proposal looks pretty good to me since most of what 
I need would be covered by the defaults. It's certainly more understandable. 
Unfortunately, I have to go ahead with what's available now and will have to 
retrofit the changes based on this proposal if/when they get implemented. 

Like many others, my biggest current need is to meet licensing restrictions on 
the number of CPUs. At the moment this is mostly limited to being needed in the 
global zone since I have to use Oracle 8i with Quick I/O on a licensed CPU 
limited basis from there; in the future though, I will be able to move to 
Oracle 10g hosted in a nonglobal zone so the concepts of the temporary pools in 
the proposal look pretty good. I can also see a big use for the swap sets and 
memory sets on a zone basis. 

Overall, simplicity is good. Yet another GUI certainly would not be good. That 
being said, management of the proposed changes should be possible in Container 
Manager in SMC.

One suggestion that may only be tangential to this effort is that a mechanism 
be put in place to allow the global zone sysadmin to set the default pool and 
resource values (such as cpu shares) for the global zone without having to 
write a script to set them on boot. It doesn't look particularly hard but it is 
one more thing to maintain that really should be handled by the OS.

I also like the idea of activating FSS if the zone.cpu-shares parameter is set. 
Given that activating FSS requires a reboot of the global zone, you should add 
a check to see if FSS is already active and if it is not, put out a warning 
message indicating that a reboot of the global is required to make FSS active. 
For that matter, there should be a warning message on zone boot that FSS is not 
active and the configured zone.cpu-shares value will be ignored. 


Phil Freund
Lead Systems and Storage Administrator
Kichler Lighting
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