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Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming

This three-day course provides a follow-on from the Introduction to Solaris course for power users and administrators who wish to learn more of the general purpose Solaris/UNIX utilities, and be able to automate tasks by writing shell scripts using the Bourne, Korn and Bash shells. This course not only teaches you the utilities and programming skills, but also provides many examples of useful shell scripts. A further important aspect is that you will be able to readily interpret existing scripts. This course, combined with the Solaris Introduction course (course code SI), provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System (1Z0-876) exam. Further courses lead to administrator certifications; for full details click here: Solaris Certification

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To train those who know a little Solaris more of the "nuts and bolts" so that they will make good power users, and have the tools at their command to become excellent administrators and applications support technicians.

Mick Hosegood email
DURATION 3 days VENUE  Newark (N) Training Centre
PRICE £750 * 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 scheduled on demand, please call or email us to arrange a date


Scheduled on demand

INTENSITY: About 30% of the course is practicals, and 60% lectures.

RESOURCE: 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, and quick reference cards to assist with file editing and Unix commands

Printer(s) are provided on this course so that students can learn how to use them, and also take away printed copies of their work.

Tape drives are provided for each student for use during archiving exercises.

PREREQUISITES: Experience of Solaris or UNIX similar to the level covered in our Introduction to Solaris course.

FOLLOW UPS: We offer a comprehensive range of Solaris 10 Systems Administration courses right up to Advanced levels. (see Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 1) for the first of these). 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.

Those who need to tackle more advanced data manipulation and scripting techniques should also consider our range of Perl Programming courses. Sheets describing each of our courses, and current schedules, are available on request.

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

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 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.

Students on this course can print out their work and take it away with them.

SOFTWARE VERSIONS: Covers Solaris running on both Sun and Intel hardware. More than 90% of the material is also applicable to other versions of Unix and our tutors will be able to advise which features are Solaris-specific as they present the course.

COURSE PROFILES: During the course, the student will learn from many practical examples written for this course and supplied in the manual.



Review of shell facilities

  • Redirection and Piping of output and errors.
  • Command History and command line editing.
  • Aliases.
  • Metacharacters (wild cards).
  • Shell Variables and user profile configuration.

Regular Expressions

  • What are regular expressions?
  • Commands that use regular expressions.
  • Special characters in regular expressions.
  • Examples of regular expressions used with the grep utility.

Solaris utilities

  • Utilities for manipulating data, generating reports and much more (gawk, grep, sort, sed, cut, tr).
  • Utilities for examining and converting data (dd, tar, mt, od, what, strings).
  • Utilities for hunting around (find, which). 
  • Using cmp, diff and comm for comparing files and directories.
  • Compression utilities compress, zip, gzip, bzip2, etc.

Advanced vi

  • Review of basic vi use.
  • Using the more complex and powerful facilities of the vi editor.
  • Moving blocks of text.
  • Recovering previous deleted lines.
  • Placing markers in text.
  • Running Solaris commands from vi.
  • Setting and saving options.
  • Using ex commands for rapid repetitive changes.

Bourne, Korn and Bash Shell Programming

  • A simple shell program.
  • Execution of Scripts.
  • Script debugging.
  • Run time arguments.
  • Input from the keyboard.
  • Shell variables and special variables.
  • Arithmetic facilities.
  • Control and Loop statements (if, for, while until, case, select).
  • Functions in scripts.
  • Catching interrupts with trap.
  • Script organisation.
  • (Practicals include interpretation of existing scripts as well as writing new scripts).

Techniques and practical tips for good scripts.

  • Use of absolute & relative paths.
  • Passing data between commands.
  • Useful special files and directories.
  • Labelling your output.
  • General best programming practices.

Overview of System Administration

  • Pointers to performing administration tasks on Solaris including:- Solaris configurations & hardware support.
  • System administration functions & procedures.
  • How is administration carried out?
  • System Administration tools.



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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