May 21, 2014

solaris 11.1 copying zones between machines

I have zone all built up the way I like and I want more zones like it both on the same server and others.

The built zone is ZONENAME on the server SERVER, and it's in the installed state.

1st I did some local copies, using a sc_profile.xml file for each zone, the file must be called sc_profile.xml, and you must use a full pathname to it. Below is without a zone cfg, notes also do a with zone cfg, even better, don't forget to change IP, (maybe gateway) (maybe link name) & hostname in new sc_profile.xml

cp sc_profile.xml-NEW-LOCAL-ZONE sc_profile.xml
zonecfg -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE "create -t ZONENAME"
zonecfg -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE "set zonepath=/zones/NEW-LOCAL-ZONE "
zonecfg -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE "select net physical=net2; set physical=net8;end"
zonecfg -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE "select net physical=net3; set physical=net9;end"
zoneadm -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE clone -c /opt/site/sc_profile.xml ZONENAME
zoneadm -z NEW-LOCAL-ZONE boot
zlogin -C NEW-LOCAL-ZONE

Then sort out networking and check services.


Next use the same zone to build zones on other machines:

zfs snapshot -r rpool/zones/ZONENAME@archive
zfs send -rc rpool/zones/ZONENAME@archive |bzip2 >/var/tmp/ZONENAME.zfs.bz2
scp /var/tmp/ZONENAME.zfs.bz2 MYLOGIN@NEW-MACHINE:/var/tmp
scp ZONENAME.cfg MYLOGIN@NEW-MACHINE:/var/tmp
scp sc_profile.xml MYLOGIN@NEW-MACHINE:/var/tmp

On new machine NEW-MACHINE:
copy & edit sc_profile.xml and zone cfg file, zoneadm also wants the full pathname to the archive

zonecfg -z NEW-ZONE -f NEW-ZONE.cfg
zoneadm -z NEW-ZONE install -a /var/tmp/ZONENAME.zfs.bz2 -u -c /var/tmp/sc_profile.xml
zoneadm -z NEW-ZONE boot
zlogin -C NEW-ZONE

Then sort out networking and check services.


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