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Into the zone with VMware?

Sep 22, 2011, 10:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

[ Thanks to Ken Hess for this link. ]

"First, let's look at what a Zone is. A Zone is a secure directory on a filesystem that contains most of a full root filesystem. By referring to a 'root' filesystem, it generally means that the host system is Linux or UNIX. But, it doesn't have to be Linux or UNIX. It could be Windows. Yes, Windows. It's a topic of a separate post but you can create zoned Windows installs too. It's non-trivial to do so but it can be done.

"Inside that secure directory, you can run processes, install software, create subdirectories, login, use a separate IP address and do just about anything you want with one exception: You can't run a different operating system. Your zones use the system kernel. So, you can't run a Windows Zone on a Linux host.

"This is not full virtualization, it is operating system-level virtualization and it's a very good thing."

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