Branded Zones are handy if you want to run Oracle Solaris 10 zones on top of an S11 platform. However, they do work a bit differently from other zones in Ops Center. I've received a couple of questions about branded zones that I thought I'd try to clear up:
"I have a Control Domain with an Oracle Solaris 10 branded zone on it. Can I upgrade the control domain without Ops Center getting confused by the branded zone?"
Yes. When you upgrade a control domain or OS with a branded zone on it, the branded zone is skipped by design.
"Okay, so how do I upgrade the branded zone itself?"
Patching on a branded zone is similar to patching a global zone. If the branded zone doesn't have an agent, you can switch to agent management using the Switch Management Access option, then patch the branded zone normally.