Zones in Ops Center 2.5

One of the big deals in Ops Center 2.5 is the enhanced support for virtualization solutions such as Solaris Containers. It's something that we've been working on for a while - there was some support in 2.1 - but it's been beefed up a lot. So, what can you do with zones?

In Ops Center, zones are displayed like other assets. In the assets menu, they're displayed under the system that they're on. From there, you can monitor their resource utilization. You can do management actions like those you can do on other assets - boot them, shut them down, or delete them. You can also provision new global zones, and update the OSes for both global and local zones.

If you've created multiple zones through Ops Center, some other actions are available to you. You can migrate zones between containers. You can also manage the networks and storage associated with various zones.

So you can manage zones just like other assets via Ops Center, but you can also move them around and reassign resources for them remotely. I'll be doing some posts explaining how to perform some of these actions soon. You can also take a look at the zones section of the docs.

Comments:

Dose Ops Center 2.5 support open solaris?

Posted by Eli Kleinman on October 08, 2009 at 03:15 PM MDT #

Eli,

It's not officially supported as a managed OS.

Posted by Owen Allen on October 16, 2009 at 01:40 AM MDT #

Can I deploy services or install software packages using Ops Center, or do I need a separate system/console for that?

Posted by Frank on October 19, 2009 at 08:07 AM MDT #

Ops Center can manage and patch the OS layer, but not the application layer. So you can install packages that are part of an OS, but not stand-alone applications.

Posted by Owen Allen on October 22, 2009 at 01:51 AM MDT #

I solicit comment on the recent discovery that Ops Center 2.5 does not support zones built using IP's sitting on IPMP. This is very restrictive in terms of customer take-up as most enterprises running business/mission critical services will use IPMP and be looking to manage their estate using tools that have been distinctly lacking up to now.

Posted by Gordon Lythgoe (Technical Consultant) on November 12, 2009 at 02:57 AM MST #

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