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Transition to Solaris 11 (from Solaris 10) - being retired October 2017
(New Features in Solaris 11)

First Alternative price: £1495
Vendor price: £3050 + VAT

This course is intended for Solaris 10 Administrators who wish to quickly get up to speed with the new features of Solaris 11 (Now 11.3). It covers all the major new facilities, in a workshop environment, providing extensive hands-on practicals.
This course is similar to Oracle's Transition to Oracle Solaris 11 (ID: D73488GC10 ) but considerably less expensive. This course provides preparation for the Upgrade to Solaris 11 Systems Administrator (1Z0-820) exam.
New Solaris 11.3 features are included in this course.

Our Solaris courses are suitable training for Solaris Certification

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DURATION 5 days VENUE NewarkTraining Centre
PRICE £1495  *
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: Being retired after the October event.

Oct 2017


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

RESOURCE: Each student will have exclusive use of Solaris LDOMs for the duration of the course. Each student will be provided with a full set of training notes relating to the course. A Solaris on Intel system is also provided for sharing between students.

PREREQUISITES: This course is suitable only for experienced Solaris 10 administrators. Please call 07736-475838 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.  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.
The examples from this course are available (via the internet) to students who have attended.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: This course is suitable for Solaris 11.3 and earlier versions.

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.



  • Introduction to the new Solaris 11 operating system changes and enhancements.
  • Considerations for a transition from Solaris 10 to 11.
  • Solaris 11 Installations
Preparations for installation.
Overview of install methods.
Review of installation using the interactive installer (SPARC and Intel).
Installation with AI media (automated installer) (SPARC and Intel).
Using Text and AI media for troubleshooting, etc.
Automated network installs, and how to migrate Solaris 10 Jumpstart rules, sysidcfg and profiles.
Using the distribution constructor to build custom Solaris images and ISOs.
Unified Archives; creating clone and recovery archives. Create bootable media from archives.
Deploying unified archives using AI, and in zones.
  • Software Management.
Overview of the IPS ( Image Package System).
Review of using basic pkg commands to list packages and package information.
Installing, verifying, fixing and removing packages.
Package group managemnt.
Using the packagmanager GUI.
IPS repository management, including the creation and use of local release and support repositories.
Best practises for keeping a system up-to-date. How to update to Solaris 11.3.
  • Manage Boot Environments.
Boot environments in Solaris 11 compared to Live Upgrade in Solaris 10.
Managing BE's with beadm.
BE's and IPS - how they interact.
  • Changes in Zones.
Overview of new zone features.
Creating and managing zones, including the use of AI (The Solaris 11 Auto Install feature).
Creating a branded Solaris 10 zone, including p2v and v2v conversions.
NFS server now supported in a non-global zone.
Immutable (Read-only) zones.
Virtual Network features in zones. (VNICs).
Kernel zones.
Monitor zone resources.
  • Network Features and Changes.
Day-to-day network configuration and management changes/enhancements.
The new ipadm and enhanced dladm command.
The new network virtualisation features including VNICs and Etherstubs.
Network Auto-Magic (NWAM). Now called Reactive Networking.
Implement IPMP (Internet Protocol Multi-Pathing) and Link Aggregations for network high availability.
Data Link Multipathing (DLPM) aggregations ( a facility unique to Solaris 11)
Use network bandwidth control and flows, and network bridges.
ipadm and IPv6.
Using a variety of new network monitoring utilities.
  • Disk Storage Enhancements
Overview of the new and changed features.
ZFS deduplication.
ZFS snapshot changes.
ZFS zpool split - the ability to split a mirror from a pool, then import it.
ZFS shadow migration.
ZFS sharing with NFS and CIFS.
Describe the COMSTAR (COmmon Multiprotocol Scsi TARget) framework.
Implement iSCSI including target and initiator systems.
  • System Security New Features and Changes
Overview of the new security features.
Overview of the Solaris 11 Cryptographic Framework.
Configure ZFS data encryption, and create an encrypted file system.
System integrity using the Basic Audit Reporting Tool (BART), including report customisation.
Immutable (read-only) zones.
The Audit recording system, with full practical examples.
New Solaris 11 compliance features such as PCI-DSS.
  • General Changes and minor enhancements.
Changes in SMF such as storage of properties, and property layers.
System Backup and Recovery - how to take a full ZFS root filesystem backup, and how to restore it.
Role Based Access Control (RBAC) - With the Solaris Management Console (SMC) now abandoned in Solaris 11, how is RBAC managed?
An extensive section covers the creation and management of RBAC rights and profiles.
  • Solaris 11 Features not covered in other vendors courses:-
SMF changes.
Unified archive creation and deployment - a new mechanism to capture clone and backup system images.
Deploying systems using Unified archives, including zones. Creating bootable media from Unified archives.
System backup and Recovery (i.e. A full Solaris 11 OS).
CIFS network file sharing.


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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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