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Introduction to Solaris - A Unix / Solaris foundation

This comprehensive two-day course aims to equip the novice Solaris/UNIX user with all the skills necessary to navigate the system and make productive use of the tools available, including the Windows system, the vi editor and essential Solaris/UNIX commands. It also forms the necessary foundation for subsequent courses. This course, combined with the Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming course (course code SA), 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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A foundation course to instill confidence in day-to-day Solaris / Unix use. This course provides all the knowledge that applications users will need and forms a good grounding for the power user or administrator who will go on to take other courses.

Mick Hosegood email
DURATION 2 days VENUE Newark (N) Training Centre 
PRICE £500 * 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 70% 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.

PREREQUISITES: This course is suitable for new computer users and those who are using Solaris or UNIX for the first time. Previous experience with an interactive computer system is desirable but not essential. If you have previous experience of any other version(s) of Unix, the follow up courses described in the next paragraph may be more appropriate. Please call for advice if in doubt.

FOLLOW UPS: First Alternative offers an extensive range of Solaris courses. A natural follow-up to this Introduction 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. If you are responsible for looking after day-to-day administration, then we can offer a very comprehensive range of Solaris 11 Systems Administration courses, right up to Advanced levels.:-
Solaris 11 Administration Part 1
Solaris 11 Administration Part 2

Linux courses are also available, from Introduction to Linux through to Linux 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 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.


  • This course is suitable for Solaris (any version) on SPARC or PC (Intel) platforms.
  • Most topics are also relevant to other versions of Unix or Linux, for example Irix, HPUX, Ultrix, AIX, SuSE and RedHat. 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.



Solaris / UNIX / Linux overview
What are Solaris, Linux and Unix? Advantages and disadvantages. Basic command examples. Other versions of Unix. Future of Unix. Logistics and support.

Getting started
Logging in and out. Basic Gnome Window system use. Keyboard basics. Files, directories and path names. Creating and examining files. Effective use of directories. Moving, copying and removing files. Basic system password security. Online Documentation and the man command. Common problems.

The vi editor
Invoking vi. Insert and Append. Moving around the text. Deleting text. Change operators. Other insert operators. Searching for text; Search and replace. Saving and quitting.

The Next stage
Introduction to UNIX shells. Shell interaction. Input and Output control using Re-direction and piping. Shell metacharacters (wild cards). The command history mechanism, and command line editing facilities. The shell quoting mechanism. Setting up and using command aliases. Job and Process monitoring and control. More complex copying and moving. Protecting files and directorie using chmod. Shell variables and setting up the environment. Introduction to Solaris utilities. Halting the workstation.

Gnome Window System
A thorough examination of the major tools available, such as the Panel, File Manager, Text editor and the Help system. Customising the Workspace and setting basic user preferences.

Introduction to networking
Introduction to network concepts. Ethernet Overview. Network basic commands (including logging in to other machines with ssh). Network File System (NFS) - overview, benefits and uses. Overview of Samba file sharing with Microsoft machines.



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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