There's more than one way to automate zone creation

There's no doubt that zones have captured the interest of many sysadmins and developers. One of the most popular questions is how to automate zone creation.

A few years ago I wrote a script to create zones for the "how many zones in a jar" exercise. I took that script and added multi-CPU support for provisioning many zones simultaneously. I pulled some code from one of Dan's scripts to implement that, but that never say the light of day outside of the v880 follow-on exercise. My bad :)

There is also active development of zonemgr. I spend some cycles updating this tool as needed. In fact, I just submitted to Brad the code to support zone privileges, which I need to support the Solaris Container Demo I am updating.

Recently I was pointed to zonetool, which was written by Marty Kiefer. It's written in perl, so if you want zone functionality and are proficient in perl, you can extend Marty's script or use it as is.

Not stopping there, I decided to keep looking. Fintanr has a jumpstart post-install zone creation script. In a similar vein, Mike talks about JET, which supports zone creation. Sun sells some very capable tools, Solaris Container Manager and N1 SPS, to automate zone creation. I've covered those a few times, as have others.

There may be others, but hopefully by now you have a pretty good selection. If you know of other tools, give me a ping as I'd like to know.

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There is another tool around here to manage zones, VDCF, Virtual Data Center Framework. It allows to deploy zones into a pool of servers, migrate zones from one server to another one, attach more disks, Manage interfaces, which is rather tricky as crossbow did not yet arrive ;-). We will use it in a production environment, if all works fine for hundredths of zones. see http://www.jomasoft.ch/products/VDCF/4656/index.html

Posted by Fritz Wittwer on February 08, 2007 at 08:19 PM PST #

Fritz, thanks for the heads up. That's a tool I was not aware of. I'll take a look

Posted by John Clingan on February 09, 2007 at 12:45 AM PST #

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