Simple, Robust, Flexible Tool for Building an Image, then Migrating from Physical to Virtual Environments June 6, 2012,
Volume 172, Issue 1
The Physical to Virtual (P2V) feature of Oracle Solaris Zones and its capability for creating and installing a Solaris 10 image built in a physical system and migrating it into a virtualized operating system environment is Orgad Kimchi's subject in a recent oracle.com post. Kimchi lists the three main steps in the use of P2v:
Image creation on the source system, which includes the operating system and, optionally, any software to be included within the image
Preparing the target system by configuring a new zone that will host the new image
Image installation on the target system using the image created on step 1
The benefits of P2V as Kimchi sees it are that the tool is simple, robust, and flexible.
Kimchi devotes the balance of the post to the code samples necessary to creating the image used to distribute the software; ZFS integration; resource management; and DTrace integration. The post also prudently includes a section on troubleshooting.