solaris10 branded zones on OpenSolaris

For the past 9 or 10 months I’ve been pretty much heads down working with
on the
Solaris 10 branded zone
project. Yesterday we
the first phase of this project into OpenSolaris.
This brand allows you to run the
Solaris 10 10/09
release, or later, inside of a zone running on
We see this brand as one of the tools which will help people as they
transition from running Solaris 10 to OpenSolaris.

We’ve divided this project into two phases. For this initial integration
we have the following features:

There are a few limitations with this initial version of the code which
we’ll work on in the second phase of the project. We’ll be adding support

We’ve done extensive testing of the brand using our internal Solaris 10
test suites and a variety of 3rd party applications.
Now that the code has integrated, we’re looking forward to getting
feedback from more people about their real-world experiences running
their own Solaris 10 application stacks inside the zone. If you give this
branded zone a try, let us hear about your experiences on the OpenSolaris

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm by jerry · Permalink
In: Solaris

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  1. Written by Dave Miner
    on October 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats on getting it done. Maybe you’ll get to take it easy for a bit :-)

  2. Written by Robert Milkowski
    on October 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Excellent! Solaris 10 branded zones will be very important in some cases for enterprise environments.
    What are the plans in regard to Solaris 8/9 branded zones? Are you going to include them in Open Solaris as right now they are Solaris 10 only…

  3. Written by Gerald Jelinek
    on October 27, 2009 at 4:51 am

    We’ve discussed porting the s8/s9 brands to OpenSolaris
    but no decision has been made about that yet.

  4. Written by Deniz
    on November 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I am currently running b127 on my system. I was wondering if there is any howto for configuring Solaris 10 container in OpenSolaris.
    Do I need to download b118 svr4 package first before doing anything or the necessary code is already included in b127?
    Other than the media cast at, are there any other how-to?

  5. Written by Gerald Jelinek
    on November 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    B127 includes the the solaris10 brand support but you’ll have to
    install it first. You need to run:
    # pkg install SUNWs10brand
    I’ll try to write up a new blog entry in the next few days on how to
    use the branded zone, but in the meantime you can see some info
    on how to setup a zone in the developers guide here:

  6. Written by Miles
    on November 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Is s10brand also in the SXCE build of snv_127?

  7. Written by Steven Georgiadis
    on November 24, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Are there any plans or is there a roadmap to integrate Solaris 10 branded zones on Solaris 10? I have a few customers that would like to move from S10 physical (Global zone) to virtual (Local zone) without re-deploying there applications.

  8. Written by asa
    on December 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Can you run samfs inside one of these s10 zones and attach to scsi tape libraries?

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