It is important that the zone is in the appropriate installed state before one can boot it up. The configured zone has to be installed with the operating environment. That is, the zone configuration has to be instantiated and packages have to be installed under the zone’s root path. The zone status should be marked as installed.
To check the current status of the zone, run the zoneadm command with the subcommand list together with the -cv switches. The following zoneadm output confirms that the zone002 has been installed.
# zoneadm list -cv ID NAME STATUS PATH BRAND IP 0 global running / native shared - zone002 installed /zones/zone002 native shared
If the zone is not yet installed, the status will be indicated as configured.
# zoneadm list -cv ID NAME STATUS PATH BRAND IP 0 global running / native shared - zone002 configured /zones/zone002 native shared
In this case, the zone is either detached or will have to be installed by running the zoneadm -z install command.
To check whether the zone is in state detached, check the content of the zonepath. If you find the directories dev and root and SUNWdetached.xml, then you can try to attach the zone to the system
# ls -l /zones/zone002 total 12 drwxr-xr-x 12 root sys 50 Aug 18 14:40 dev drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 2 Feb 4 2014 lu drwxr-xr-x 19 root root 21 Aug 14 15:30 root -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 4511578 Aug 18 14:41 SUNWdetached.xml
# zoneadm -z zone002 attach -U Getting the list of files to remove Removing 4 files Remove 9 of 9 packages Installing 6103 files Add 10 of 10 packages Updating editable files
The file /var/sadm/system/logs/update_log within the zone contains a log of the zone update. If the zonepath is empty, then the zone needs to be installed using zoneadm -z [zone_name] install
# zoneadm -z zone002 install Preparing to install zone . Creating list of files to copy from the global zone. Copying  files to the zone. Initializing zone product registry. Determining zone package initialization order. Preparing to initialize  packages on the zone. Initialized  packages on zone. Zone is initialized. The file contains a log of the zone installation.
Once the zone is installed, the zoneadm list -cv output will indicate the zone as installed.