Network – Zone Test

This test monitors the network status of each zone on a Solaris virtual server.

Target of the test : A Solaris virtual server

Agent deploying the test : An internal agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for every zone monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
Parameter Description

Test period

How often should the test be executed


The host for which the test is to be configured.


The port number at which the specified host listens. By default, the port is NULL.


The size of packets used for the test (in bytes).


The number of packets to be transmitted during the test.


In the Targets text box, specify a comma-separated list of name:IP address pairs. While the name is just a display name, the IP address refers to the IP to be monitored. This specification will ensure that the test pings multiple IP addresses. For example - mysql:,egwebsite:

Connect Using

By default, this parameter is set to sudo. This indicates that, by default, this test uses the sudo command to connect to the Solaris virtual server and pull out metrics. If you want the test to use the pfexec command instead, select the pfexec option from the Connect Using drop-down.

Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Average delay

Indicates the average delay between transmission of packet to a zone and receipt of the response to the packet at the source.


An increase in network latency could result from misconfiguration of the router(s) along the path, network congestion, retransmissions at the network, etc.

Minimum delay

Indicates the minimum time between transmission of a packet and receipt of the response back.


A significant increase in the minimum round-trip time is often a sure sign of network congestion. 

Packet loss

Indicates the percentage of packets lost during transmission from source to target and back.


Packet loss is often caused by network buffer overflows at a network router or by packet corruptions over the network.


Indicates the availability of the network connection.


A value of 100 indicates that the zone is connected. The value 0 indicates that the zone is not connected.

Typically, the value 100 corresponds to a packet loss of 0.