Solaris Operating System Essentials – 3 Days

Course Description

This course teaches the basic working environment of a Solaris 11 system.  It introduces commonly required operations that can be performed by entering commands interactively in a command terminal, along with functions available in the GNOME Desktop Environment.  This course is taught for the following platforms: Solaris 11.2 SPARC and x86 / x64 platforms.


This course is considered to be the basic Unix / Solaris 11 course.  Experience with any (other) interactive system is helpful.


Each participant will be able to use BASH and Korn Shell techniques and commands to maintain collections of files, create files using interactive editor utilities, create and execute basic command procedures, communicate with other users, and tailor the interactive environment to meet their needs.  Environment control using the GNOME graphical utilities will also be shown.


Understanding the User Environment

Unix / Solaris Software Overview

Process Concepts

The GNOME Desktop Environment GUI


Getting Started with the Command Language

Logging Into a Solaris 11 System

– Graphically through the GNOME

– Non-graphically thru telnet or emulation

Shell Syntax Rules

Command Line Editing

Obtaining help using man and GNOME help

Basic Network Operations

Defining and using ssh keys


Managing Files

File Specification Syntax

Device Specifications

Directory Specifications

Using the GNOME Nautilus file manager

Regular Expressions and Special Characters

Unix / Solaris Commands to Manipulate Files

GNOME utilities to manipulate files

File Protection Mechanisms

Standard Permission Code Scheme

Access Control Lists (ACLs)


Creating and Editing Text Files: Part 1

Using GUI-based editors (gedit)

vim Editor

ex Editor (commands within vim)


Creating and Editing Text Files: Part 2

Advanced Features of the vim Editor


mapping keys

       Improving the User Interface

Saving History Commands

Creating Command Aliases

Redirection of Input and Output

Using Hard and Symbolic Links

Process Control Commands

Shell Script Procedures

Rules for Creating Procedures

The .profile Procedures


Print and Batch Mechanisms

The  lp command and options

Using the GNOME print manager

The at command and options

The crontab command and options


User Level Tape Operations

tar utility syntax

tar commands for product access

Using compression/uncompression commands

compress / uncompress

gzip / gunzip

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