THIS BLOG POST GIVES WRONG ADVICE. DON'T DO THIS!
As the zones use ZFS as root filesystem it's easy to do a zfs snapshot/clone to reproduce a zone. The different zones have only one difference: They differ in /etc/nodename, they have different rootpaths and they have different IP addresses.I wrote a script to read from global's /etc/hosts the ip address. Zonerootpath is /zones/zonename and /etc/nodename must contain as well. The name of the zone is always identical to the hostname of the zone. That rule is not from OpenSolaris but from me. ;-)
Here is my script: Beware: I hate to do a lot of checking. This is not for general use...
echo "Creating zone $1 from zone TEMPLATE"
echo check if $1 does not already exist...
zoneadm list -cv | grep $1 && exit -1
echo -n "Retrieving TEMPLATE's IP: "
TEMPLATE_IP=$(grep TEMPLATE [Read more...]