DESCRIPTION The archiveadm utility provides users with functionality to create system archive images of a running Solaris system for the purposes of system cloning and recovery. The utility may also be used to retrieve information about archives, once created, and also to create bootable media from an archive.
A Solaris Unified Archive is a multi-system archive based upon Solaris Boot Environments and ZFS data streams. A Unified Archive contains one or more systems which are selected during archive creation. Each system may be encapsulated in its own archive within the overall Unified Archive, so that systems may later be selectively deployed. Alternatively, a single monolithic archive may be created which results in a singly-deployable archive with multiple embedded systems.
Once created, Solaris Unified Archives may be deployed by the Solaris Automated Installer or by the Solaris Zones software utilities.