Version 20200102 Release Date: January 2, 2020
SmartOS is a specialized Type 1 Hypervisor platform based on illumos. It supports two types of virtualization:
SmartOS is a "live OS", it is always booted via PXE, ISO, or USB Key and runs entirely from memory, allowing the local disks to be used entirely for hosting virtual machines without wasting disks for the root OS. This architecture has a variety of advantages including increased security, no need for patching, fast upgrades and recovery.
Virtualization in SmartOS builds on top of the foundational illumos technologies inherited from OpenSolaris, namely:
dladm) for network virtualization
SmartOS is typically "installed" by downloading and copying the OS image onto a USB key and then booting that key. On the first boot a configuration utility will configure your base networking, allow you to set the root password, and allow you to select which disks to use to create the ZFS Zpool which will provide persistent storage.
When you log into SmartOS you will enter the "global zone". From here you can download VM Images using the imgadm tool, which are pre-configured OS and KVM virtual machines. You can then use the vmadm tool to create and manage both OS and hardware virtual machines.
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