open solaris with regards to non global zones

I dont have much knowledge in Solaris but i am trying to make a copy of a golden system with non global zones using open solaris.  dont seem to see any packages to that regards. I know solaris 10 does not support non global zones.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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AmolCommented:
Solaris 10 only supports one non-global zone. Why do you want non-global zones..can you plz elaborate more...what are you trying to achieve...
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Brian UtterbackPrinciple Software EngineerCommented:
Perhaps we are having a terminology issue. What exactly do you mean by "non-global zone". Normally this is the designation used for all zones that are not the single global zone on the system. This is sometimes referred to as the "local zone". Is that what you
mean by non-global zone? If so, I am not sure what your problem is. The previous poster not withstanding, Solaris 10 supports having many non-global zones. I have used a Solaris 10 system with over a thousand.

But yes, please, do explain what you are trying to do.
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AmolCommented:
sorry....my typo...Solaris supports only one global zone...and many non-global or local zones...plz explain your problem in detail...
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turnbulldCommented:
openSolaris uses IPS for package management rather than the SVR4 approach used in Solaris 10.  As a result, there are some differences between the two for zones.  The biggest ones are that openSolaris does not automatically sync non-global zones with the global one when patches are applied and openSolaris does not support the use of spare-root zones where the non-global and global zones share the same instances of OS-level binaries.

Other than that, I'm not aware of a zone methodology available in openSoalris that is not available in Solaris 10.  Solaris 10 will happily manage non-global zones; the alternative is effectively no zone support since all but the base OS instance is a non-global zone.

There are some zone-specific OS packages but they are part of the base OS and should be present.  You should not need any additional packages to copy a zone.  Here is a link to a reasonable write up on how to clone a zone:

http://learningsolaris.com/archives/2005/11/30/zones-move-clone/
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