Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: Essential Operations – 5 Days

Course Description

This course will teach the commands and methods needed to setup and manage a Solaris 11 system.  The course will also use a problem solving approach in the lab exercises to teach system administrators advanced topics, for long-term management of the system.  Systems: thru Solaris 11.0 thru 11.2  SPARC and x86/x64 platforms.


It is assumed that the participant has successfully completed the Solaris 11 Operating System Essentials course, or has equivalent system time as a user.


On completion of this course, a systems administrator should be able to install, update, and boot the Solaris 11 operating system; set up user accounts and directories;  prepare queues for use; perform backups for integrity and performance reasons; monitor the system for performance and do basic setup of network software and capabilities.


Advanced System Concepts for System Administrators

Process concepts

Shell command usage and review

Optimizing system help information

System administrator functions

Using the root account (role)

Introduction to Role Based Access Control  (RBAC)

Using the GNOME administrative graphical interfaces

Manipulating system default environment files

System Installation and Updating

Installation types and methods

Installing the Solaris 11 operating system

Maintaining the system via SRUs

Adding additional products to the system (packages)

Reconfiguring the Solaris 11 kernel via parameters (mdb)

Startup and Shutdown

Components involved in the Solaris 11 boot

                                      GRUB loader stages and configuration

                                      Manipulating EEPROM commands and parameters

Default bootstrap

Boot to single-user mode

Solaris fail-safe boot features

SMF startup methods, tools, and procedures

Understanding milestones

Adding procedures to the startup mechanisms

Shutdown methods and control

Managing of System Users

UID and GID concepts

Creation of a user account

Security through password aging

                                                password lifetime and composition

                                                using password history and dictionaries

Controlling access by groups

Login sequence

Setting up user environment files

Using and maintaining user login files

Viewing and controlling running processes

Basic setup and control of the GNOME

gdm-binary (login manager)

.gnome* files and directories (menus and layouts)

Remote graphical environments

vncserver / vncviewer


Managing Disk and Backup Volumes

Commands to manipulate ufs disks/filesystems

partitioning disk surfaces with format

creating ufs file systems (newfs)

manipulating file system structures

verifying file system structures with fsck

making file systems available to software (mount)

Creating and using zfs file systems

Commands to manipulate archival volumes:

tar utility

ufsdump and ufsrestore utilities

ufs snapshots

zfs snapshots

zfs send and receive utilities


Monitoring System Activity

Informational Utilities

The vmstat utility

The iostat utility

The sar utility

The netstat utility

Maintaining swap and paging space(s)

Building and using the top facility

An Introduction to kstat and DTrace

Introduction to Solaris 11 Virtualization

Zones concepts

Configuring and installing a zone

Basic zone administration

Network Setup and Configuration (via NWAM)

TCP/IP address selection

Host names and related files

Configuring network devices

Network testing with ping

Network utilities: telnet, rlogin, rcp, rsh, ssh

                   Controlling network services via SMF (inetadm)

Maintaining System Integrity

Login and user accounting

Command/process level accounting

Using cron tables

Managing core and crash dump files

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