I have built a little code that allows a user to request a zone from a 
pre-configured pool of zones. When the user requests a zone the zone is 
cloned from a base zone. The user is then free to enter the zone and is 
root once inside the zone. From there the user can reboot/manage smf/etc.

I originally developed this for the Nexenta community and it was used 
for sharing zone resources for package developers but it should work on 
Solaris 10 just as well. This doesn't have anything to do with zone 
migration or similar.

Also, the best I could find for detecting zone state changes were dtrace 
scripts which did not fit any model I was willing to implement.


Nathan Dietsch wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am looking to the OpenSolaris community for input on your respective  
> experiences with management tools for zones.
> I am currently looking at the options for managing zones and am  
> looking for a tool that would let me;
> * Install new zones according to a template
> * Clone existing zones
> * Detach and attach zones on different systems to facilitate migration
> * Flag an update on attach operation for a zone (I realise that this  
> has not yet been implemented in Solaris 10)
> * Patch a zone
> * Shutdown/restart a zone
> * Handle the management of SMF services within a zone
> Nice to have, but not overly necessary
> * Integration with Solaris Resource Manager
> * Deploy a server personality to a zone (Packages, Conf Files, Mounts,  
> SMF services etc)
> I know that xVM Ops Centre can handle most of these tasks, but I am  
> not sure that it handles the zone migration or update on attach  
> components and I have briefly read about Container Manager which is  
> part of SMC.  I know that both Sun Cluster and VCS can handle the zone  
> migration components, but they do not have the scope to handle the  
> other tasks. Are there any other tools out there that handle these  
> sort of tasks? How do you manage zones in your respective environments?
> Any and all input is much appreciated.
> Kind Regards,
> Nathan Dietsch 
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