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Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials (Solaris System Administration)


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Virtualization and related technologies like hypervisors, which create virtual machines on a single hardware machine, and containers (also known as zones), which create virtual operating systems running on a single operating system, are a totally new area for many system administrators.


Oracle® Solaris™ 10 System Virtualization Essentials provides an accessible introduction to computer virtualization, specifically the system virtualization technologies that use the Oracle Solaris or OpenSolaris operating systems. This accessible guide covers the key concepts system administrators need to understand and explains how to


  • Use Dynamic Domains to maximize workload isolation on Sun SPARC systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for SPARC to deploy different Oracle Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris environments on SPARC CMT (chip multithreading) systems
  • Use Oracle VM Server for x86 or xVM hypervisor to deploy a server with heterogeneous operating systems
  • Use Oracle VM VirtualBox to develop and test software in heterogeneous environments
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to maximize efficiency and scalability of workloads
  • Use Oracle Solaris Containers to migrate Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 workloads to new hardware systems
  • Mix virtualization technologies to maximize workload density


Starting with a discussion of system virtualization in general terms—the needs of consolidation, the benefits of virtualization, and a description of the most common types of computer virtualization—this book also covers many of the concepts, features, and methods shared by many implementations of system virtualization.


Oracle’s computer virtualization technologies that are directly related to the Oracle Solaris OS are described in detail along with a discussion of the factors that should be considered when choosing a virtualization technology. Finally, several examples of these technologies and an overview of virtualization management software are provided, as well as a history of virtualization.

Book News Annotation:

This guide to the Oracle Solaris 10 operating system covers the various methods of system virtualization available on this platform. Virtualization, the practice of running one or more virtual machines or operating systems on a single hardware instance, is a key component of both server resource management and software development. This volume discusses the installation and use of the Oracle VM server for both SPARC and x86 architectures, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Oracle Solaris Containers and covers such topics as using dynamic domains to maximize workload isolation, setting up heterogeneous software development environments with both VM Server and VirtualBox and integrating multiple virtualization strategies. Numerous screen-shots, illustrations and code examples are provided throughout. The authors are operating system and virtualization experts at Oracle. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Jeff Victor is the principal author of Oracle Solaris 10 System Virtualization Essentials and a Principal Sales Consultant at Oracle Corporation. Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff was a Principal Field Technologist for Sun Microsystems. He is an OpenSolaris Zones Community Leader, primary maintainer of the Solaris Zones and Containers FAQ, the creator of the zonestat open-source program, and a regular author, contributor and speaker at corporate and industry events. His blog can be found at http://blogs.sun.com/JeffV. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he builds and launches high-power rockets.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Virtualization

2. Sun Dynamic Domains

3. Sun Logical Domains

4. Solaris as a Guest OS

5. Sun VirtualBox

6. Solaris Containers

7. Choosing a Virtualization Technology

8. Applying Virtualization

9. Virtualization Management

Appendix A. A Brief History of System Virtualization

Product Details

Victor, Jeff
Prentice Hall
Savit, Jeff
Combs, Gary
Hayler, Simon
Netherton, Bob
Operating Systems - General
Operating Systems - DOS
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Oracle Solaris System Administration Series
Publication Date:
September 2010
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.12 x 7.02 x 0.789 in 619 gr

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