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Solaris 11 Advanced Systems Administration

First Alternative price: £1300
Vendor price: £2475 + VAT
This course is being retired soon!

This 5-day advanced course follows on from the Solaris 11 System Administration course, and covers advanced areas of administration such as Zones, automated installs, virtual networks, IP multipathing, role-based access control, system backup and restore, advanced ZFS topics and more.

The course is run using SPARC systems, with fully detailed Intel examples and supplement provided. (See topic list below).  This course provides training to a level needed for the Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam 1Z0-822; for full details of the Solaris certifications, click here: Solaris Certification. .

This course is comparable with the Oracle D72967GC20 Advanced System Administration for the Solaris 11 Operating System course.

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OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE (If you can't find a suitable date, call or email us - we can usually get something arranged!)

To attain a level of competence performing Solaris administration tasks to that defined in the Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam 1Z0-822 exam.

COURSE CODE S11A TUTORS Mick Hosegood email
DURATION 5 days VENUE Newark (N) Training Centre
PRICE £1300 * BOOKING CONTACT Mick Hosegood email
*see note at bottom for special savings! For pricing for a course run especially for your organisation, please see our custom page 

COURSE DATES: This course is being retired after the October event.

Oct 2017


Call 07736-475838 for booking and payment options, including multiple bookings.
Email: enquiries@firstalt.co.uk

INTENSITY: About 30% of the course is practicals, and 70% lectures.

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of SPARC Logical domains for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes.

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of Solaris up to a level taught in our Solaris 11 Administration (S11A) course is important, and some previous administration experience is helpful. Please call if you require any advice.

FOLLOW UPS: Our Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming (Solaris for Users/Administrators) (SA) is another popular course for administrators wishing to gain knowledge of shell programming and Solaris utilities, with special emphasis on the needs of the administrator.

This course is part of a program which can lead you to Solaris Certification

Two further courses which will be of interest are as follows:-
Solaris Network Administration*, a 5-day course leading to the Oracle Certified Expert, Solaris Network Administrator exam, and...
Solaris 10 Live Upgrade Workshop, a one-day course covering this powerful upgrading and patching facility.

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, plus an electronic copy of the notes which can be enabled on a single laptop or PC.

Every student who attends this course 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.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: This course is based on Solaris 11.3. The course is run using SPARC systems, and a fully detailed Intel supplement to the notes is provided.

This course is not suitable for other versions of Unix.


Course Objectives:

  • Configure and manage local IPS release and support repositories.
  • Manage boot environments with beadm and package commands.
  • Automate Solaris 11 operating system installs using the Automated Installer, including conversion of Solaris 10 Jumpstart rules and profiles.
  • Create Unified Archives for system recovery and cloning.
  • Deploy Unified Archives to systems and zones.
  • Manage application data storage using ZFS dataset properties, including restores and system recovery.
  • Configure and manage virtual networks in Solaris 11, with resource controls.
  • Perform simple Integrated Load Balancer configuration.
  • Perform advanced Configuration of zones, including resource controls and virtual networks.
  • Install and configure Immutable and Kernel zones.
  • Configure new SMF services.
  • Understand and configure privileges; identify privilege aware commands.
  • Implement Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) with Profiles, authorisations and privileges.
  • Ensure security of system resources with auditing facilities.
  • Monitor and manage systems processes and priorities.
  • Control system resource configuration, and performance monitoring.
  • Control system messaging and log rotation.
  • Configure process and system crash and dump facilities.

Course Topics:

Managing the Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories and publishers

  • Configure local IPS release and support (Oracle Solaris updates) repositories.
  • Access and install Oracle key and certificate files to authorise support repository downloads.
  • Configure client access to the local IPS server repositories.
  • Signed packages and other package properties.
  • Administering IPS package publishers.
  • Managing multiple Boot Environments (BE), with facilities in the pkg and beadm commands.

Automating Solaris 11 installation of multiple systems

  • Review of an interactive Solars 11 installation.
  • Automated Installation of Solaris 11 using the Automated Installer (AI) on SPARC and Intel systems.
  • Creating AI manifests and packages, plus client configuration profiles.
  • Building a custom Solaris image using the distribution constructor.

Unified Archives

  • Unified Archive concepts.
  • Creating recovery and clone archives.
  • Creating USB and ISO media images from archives, plus the utilities available to write images to physical media.
  • Deploy archives using bootable media, and using AI.

Configuring ZFS for Business Application Data

  • Configuring data redundancy with mirrored  and RAIDz Storage Pools.
  • Backup and restore with ZFS snapshots, send and receive, including full OS backup and restore.
  • Perform a full system backup and restore operation.
  • Advanced ZFS dataset properties.
  • ZFS failure and recovery scenarios.
  • Sharing data with NFS (Network File System), including server and client configuration.
  • Configuring basic CIFS (Common Internet File System, a.k.a. SMB) shares.
  • Introduction to the CIFS client-side in Solaris 11.

Configuring Network and Implement Network Failover

  • Local network configuration; static and dynamic network profiles.
  • Using NetWork Auto-Magic (NWAM) for automatic network configuration.
  • Using link aggregations for failover and extra bandwidth.
  • Implementing network link failover using IPMP (Internet Protocol Multi-Pathing).
  • Creating, configuring and monitoring an IPMP Group.
  • Testing failover.
  • Implement a simple Integrated Load Balancer configuration.

Advanced Zone Installation and Configuration

  • Introduction to zones in Solaris 11.2.
  • Creating zone configurations with zonecfg, and using XML files to pre-configure zones.
  • Installing and managing zones with zoneadm, and zone access and security.
  • Issues with zone networking in Logical Domains.
  • Configuration options with existing zones, including live zone configuration in Solaris 11.2.
  • Immutable (read-only) zones.
  • Kernel zones (new in 11.2) including installation options such as Unified Archives, and using alternative storage.
  • Configuring VNICs in zones; zone monitoring with zonestat.

Configuring Virtual Networks, including Zones.

  • Creating and configuring a virtual network interfaces (VNICs).
  • Configuring VNICs in zones.
  • Resources configuration in a zone.
  • Managing VNIC resources.

Managing Systems Services and Service Properties in the SMF (Service Management facility)

  • Creating and configuring SMF services.
  • SMF properties and how to use them.
  • Troubleshooting and recovering failed SMF services.

Configuring Privileges and Role-Based Access Control, and the sudo command

  • Configuring and Using RBAC (Role Based Access Control).
  • Assign rights profiles and Authorisations to users.
  • Configure new rights profiles.
  • Create Administrative Roles, and assign rights.
  • Understand and configure privileges; identify privilege aware commands.
  • Assign privileges to users and roles.
  • Configure and use the sudo command.

Using Solaris Auditing to monitor and record user actions.

  • Implementing, configuring and enabling auditing.
  • Using and understanding audit data generated by the audit system.

Managing and Monitor Processes and Scheduling Priorities

  • Performance monitoring utilities examples.
  • Using the System Activity Reporter (sar) to gather and display system activity data.
  • Overview of process scheduling features.
  • Configuring process scheduling priority.
  • Enabling the Fair Share Scheduler (FSS).
  • Configure the scheduling class of a zone.

Basic System Resource controls

  • System Resource principles.
  • Monitoring System Performance.
  • Examples of system resource control commands.
  • Project creation and project parameters.

Monitoring and Troubleshooting Process and System Failures

  • Configuring system messaging (syslog).
  • Managing log rotation tasks.
  • Controlling process and system crash dumps, i.e. core files and kernel panic dumps.



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