Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Provisioning Videos

There are a couple of new videos up on the Oracle Learning Youtube channel about Ops Center's provisioning capabilities. Simon Hayler does a walkthrough of a couple of different procedures.

The first video shows you how to provision Oracle Solaris zones. It explains how to create an Oracle Solaris Zone profile, and then how to apply it (using a deployment plan) to a target system.

The second video shows you how to provision an x86 server with Oracle Solaris. This uses a very similar process - you create a OS provisioning profile, then use a deployment plan to apply it to the target hardware.

The documentation goes over OS provisioning and zone creation in the Feature Guide, if you're looking for additional information.

Friday Aug 17, 2012

How To: Create Oracle Solaris Zones

Oracle Solaris Zones are a versatile technology. You can use them to create virtualized Oracle Solaris 10 or 11 operating systems which can independently run a variety of applications. You can also use Ops Center to set up server pools for your zones, which lets you move zones and allocate resources quickly.

Before you can do any of this, though, you need to create zones. In Ops Center, this is a two-step process:

First, you create a profile and a plan. The profile specifies the naming convention and zone details such as the CPU and memory attributes, and the plan specifies how to deploy the profile. You can use the same profile and plan to create zones on multiple systems.

Once you've created a profile and a plan, you run the plan to create zones on the targeted systems, and provide some zone-specific information.

We've created two How To guides that walk you through the whole process of creating Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 zones. These How Tos are part of the How To library within the docs site. There's also an article over on the OTN about creating Oracle Solaris 11 zones.

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