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Solaris 10 Update for Experienced Solaris Administrators - no longer available

This workshop is intended for Solaris Administrators who wish to quickly get up to speed with the new features of Solaris 10. It covers all the major new facilities, in a workshop environment, providing extensive hands-on practicals.
The notes also contain detailed information of significant changes provided by Solaris 8 and 9 releases, and these features will be explained in extended sessions if students require. This course is similar to Oracle's Solaris 10 New Features for Experienced Solaris System Administrators D61756GC10 (was SA-225-S10) but considerably less expensive. This course provides preparation for the Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator 1Z0-879 exam.

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DURATION 4 days VENUE NewarkTraining Centre
PRICE £1100 *
BOOKING CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
*see note at bottom for special savings! for pricing for a course run especially for your organisation, please use our worksheet **Also available on your site for groups of four to ten.

COURSE DATES This course is no longer available

No longer available

: Each student will have exclusive use of a Sun workstation for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes relating to the course.

PREREQUISITES: This course is only suitable for experienced Solaris administrators. Please call if in doubt.

FOLLOW UPS: First Alternative offers an extensive range of Solaris courses. A natural follow-up to this course would be the Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming course (suitable for those who wish to become proficient with Solaris utilities and Bourne/Korn shell programming) course. For those involved in administrating networks, our Solaris 10 Network Administration course would be ideal, and leads to the Solaris Certified Network Administrator CX-310-302 exam. Solaris administrators would also find our Perl Programming courses to be of benefit.

Linux courses are also available, from Introduction to Linux through to Linux Advanced System Administration.

PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each student leaves the course with their own set of training
notes for the material covered; around 120 pages per day of training.

Every student who attends this course at our training centres will be issued with a signed certificate of course completion, which we will be happy to "authenticate" upon future request. On this course, we hand out a number of quick reference sheets to each student on subjects such as vi and Unix commands.
The examples from this course are available (via the internet) to students who have attended.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: This course is suitable for Solaris 10. We currently use Update 11, which is the final Solaris 10 release.

COURSE PROFILES: During the course, the student will learn from many practical examples written for this course and supplied in the manual. For ease of use during and after the course, we have provided these examples online.



  • Zones
Purpose of zones; how zones exist within a standard Solaris 10 system; creating
a zone (including a Linux zone on Solaris x86); zone configuration, including mapping of disk and network resources; pre-configuration of zones with the sysidcfg file; controlling zones (booting, halting, etc); renaming, relocating and cloning zones; zone limitations; zone resource capping and resource pools (prctl, rcapd, etc.); assigning dedicated or shared network interfaces; patches, software installations and packages within zones; automatic update on attach; zones FAQ. 
  • User Authentication
Password history checking and nobody account changes; Account lockout; Least Privilege and the ppriv command; least privilege and RBAC (Role-Based Access control) for assigning administrative privileges to users.
  • File System Features including ZFS
Changes to UFS (multi-terabyte FS, EFS disk labels, devfs, logging, etc.); the fsstat command; the new ZFS (Zettabyte File System); Creating and managing storage pools with zpool; adding new devices to a storage pool; creating mirror, RAID Z and RAIDZ2 devices; offlining and replacing pool components; the creation and use of Hot Spares; ZFS command history; creating and managing file systems (datasets) with zfs; assigning properties such as quotas and NFS sharing to ZFS datasets; creating snapshots and clones of datasets; exporting and importing storage pools; recursive rename of ZFS datasets; using zfs send and receive (for backup and restore); the new ACL model (NFS v4) as used within ZFS datasets; emulated volumes; using ZFS within a zone; troubleshooting; using ZFS in Update 6 for root and swap, including booting issues.
  • Fault and Service Management
The Fault Management Architecture (FMA) - overview; the Service Management Facility (SMF); changes to /etc/inittab; the svc.startd process; the svc.configd process; using svcs to list and obtain information about services; using svcadm to control system services;  using svccfg to import, export and modify service definitions (manifests); examination of the /var/svc and /lib/svc directories; how SMF attempts to restart failed services; using SMF facilities to trace services failures; using svccfg to modify service properties; adding services (creating scripts, XML files, etc); the use of legacy scripts under SMF; SMF repositories and recovery; SMF milestones compared to traditional run levels; how inetd services are affected; the netservices, inetconv and inetadm commands; enabling TCP Wrappers using inetadm; the fmd fault manager daemon, and how hardware faults are reported and handled.
  • Dtrace Basics
dtrace is a facility for monitoring low-level system activity, for fault tracing and performance management.  This section will introduce administrators to the fundamentals of dtrace, with lots of example dtrace programs to try out. Students are not expected to have a formal programming background. dtrace is not a part of the Solaris certified Administrator curriculum.
  • Internet Protocol features in Solaris 10
Solaris 10 includes a number of enhancements (mostly transparent to the administrator) in the area of IP networking. These will be expained, with practical examples where possible,including Quality of Service (IPQoS), Performance improvements (Fireengine project), MDT multi-data transmission, and others.
  • NFS Version 4
Solaris 10 introduces a new version of the Network File System protocol, which includes a number of changes and new features, including a stateful architecture. This section will cover NFS V4 changes, plus changes to the auotfs facility.
  • Security features
The new Solaris OS Cryptographic Framework, a facility for developers to ease the use of encryption, signing, random number generation and so on; availability of hardware encryption accelerators; the Solaris IP Filter firewall facilities, covering the creation of firewall rules, enabling the firewall filter, changing rules, reporting and monitoring. An overview of the Trusted Solaris extensions now included with Solaris 10.
  • Other Changes to Networking
The System Management Agent (SMA) (an SNMP agent that is based on an open source project, Net-SNMP at http://www.net-snmp.org.); DHCP under Solaris 10; routing changes, including the new routeadm and dladm commands.
  • Solaris 10 OS Installation
Although the basic installation mechanisms of Solaris 10 will be familiar to experienced administrators there will be a number of changes of which they should be made aware, including installation media; the ability to configure multiple network interfaces; modify hard disk partitions using a VTOC; specify filesys mirror and patch keywords in a Jumpstart profile; use ZFS for root and swap; minor changes to Jumpstart and flash archives; using the WAN boot facility for flash installs (i.e. building from a web server); the new web patching and update facility Sun Connection.
  • Significant Solaris changes in recent history
Not all those coming to Solaris 10 will have experience in intermediate versions, so this section documents (and will cover if required) significant changes in recent versions, such as IP Multipathing; Flash Archive creation and use in Solaris installations; Solaris Volume Manager, the integrated advanced disk management facility, previously known as Online: DiskSuite.
This section will also review the Solaris Management Console in its latest incarnation, showing how to modify it to add servers, make it Name Service aware, and add legacy applications. It will also show the working of RBAC (Role Based Access Control), a feature combined in SMC but prevalent throughout the Solaris system.



Multiple Bookings
If you book more than one place on our courses on the same order, you are entitled to a 10% discount.

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