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Overview of our Solaris Courses

First Alternative's bread and butter are our range of Solaris courses. For over 24 years we have been providing the Solaris community (in the UK, Europe, and the USA) with an alternative to the manufacturer's courses, providing a path to the Oracle Solaris certifications.

We offer a broad range designed at getting the most out of Solaris, no matter whether your role be user, administrator or developer.
Recent additions to our range of courses cover the new Oracle Solaris 11 (now Solaris 11.2) release, including Trainsition to Solaris 11, Solaris 11 Administration and Solaris 11 Advanced Administration.

Typically, our courses cover more topics, and at far less cost, than the equivalent manufacturers courses, yet lead to the identical Oracle Solaris Certification level.

Our Solaris courses are suitable training for Solaris Certification

Please select this link for a list of all our scheduled courses.

 

Introduction to Solaris

Our Introduction to Solaris course covers Solaris fundamentals, but in a practical and thorough way. You'll feel confident and eager to learn more, and will have all the skills necessary to handle day-to-day Solaris sessions. Many people comment that this is a "well-rounded" course, and sets them up perfectly to progress further. Logging in, file manipulation, directory skills, documentation, vi editor, file permissions, processes, shell command-line skills (IO control, history, aliases, using quotes) Want more? Utilities overview, and Sun Java Desktop window system are also covered, plus to finish off, a network services overview. A truly comprehensive course which provides the best possible springboard into your Solaris career.

Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming

If you administrate Solaris, or look after applications support (or a hundred other similar technical roles!) then our Solaris Utilities and Shell Programming course provides essential skills to get the absolute most out of the Solaris system. The two main areas covered are Solaris utilities (the nawk, sed, grep and sort variety, plus many others including tar, dd and find; Oh, and differentail commands such as comm and diff) and Bourne/Korn shell programming. These sections will give you the skills required to write (and understand) complex shell command procedures to automate many tasks such as reports, backups, adding users, data manipulation, system monitoring, and so much more. You'll also learn the more intricate and powerful aspects of the vi editor (Not too long on this though!)  A real power-users course designed to make the most of Solaris. This course, combined with the Solaris Introduction course (course code SI), provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 10 Operating System exam (1Z0-876, was CX-310-105).

Solaris 11 Administration

Essential skills for successful and secure systems administration. Solaris 11 System Administration, the first in a series of two admin courses, concentrates on the important areas common to all systems such as Solaris 11 installation, software management, Boot Environment management, keeping the system up-to-date, Startup and Shutdown, the Service Management facility (SMF), File system management and security, the ZFS file system, taking backups and restoring (even a complete system), creating and managing Zones (virtual machines), User account management, and much more..
Everyone who needs to manage a Solaris system should start here. This course is the equivalent of the Oracle D72898GC20 Solaris 11 Administration course, but it covers more for a lot less money! This course provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (1Z0-822) exam.

Solaris 11 Advanced Administration

Advanced skills for successful and secure systems administration. Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration, the second in a series of two admin courses. This 5-day 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. This course provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator  (1Z0-822) exam.

Transition to Solaris 11

Already certified with Solaris 10?  This course is intended for Solaris 10 Administrators who wish to quickly get up to speed with the new features of Solaris 11. It covers all the major new facilities, in a workshop environment, providing extensive hands-on practicals. See the full course description for topics covered.
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, and has been upgraded to Solaris 11.2.


Solaris 10 Administration - Part 1

Essential skills for successful and secure systems administration. Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 1), the first in a series of four admin courses, concentrates on the important areas common to all workstations, such as Solaris installation, software management the admin SMC GUI tools, Startup and Shutdown, File system management and security, the new ZFS file system, taking backups and restoring (even a complete system), the use of file system snapshots, plus adding printers and disks. Everyone who needs to look after a Solaris system should start here. This course is the equivalent of the Sun SA-200-S10 Solaris Administration Part 1 course, but it covers more for a lot less money! This course provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 10  System Administrator Part 1 (1Z0-877, was CX-310-200 ) exam.

Solaris 10 Administration - Part 2

For those who manage networked Solaris machines and perform advanced administration duties, the Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 2) course is as essential as the part 1. You will understand how to physically connect your system then look at the IP address scheme and get machines talking. Then configure network logical interfaces, IPMP (IP Multipathing) ,basic access commands (ssh, etc) , security control, network processes and network monitoring. Move on to thoroughly explore the NFS (Network File System) file sharing mechanism including auto-mounting user home directories and others.  Learn how to store and manage admin files centrally using the LDAP name service (a full working set up of LDAP is shown in the notes). Set up basic SAMBA file sharing and Apache web server configurations.
The course continues with advanced topics such as Jump Start and Build servers, Flash Installs, Solaris Volume Manager (SVM),  Crash and core dump management, RBAC, System Messaging and Log Management. The Solaris containers (Zones) facility for creating additional Solaris (and now Linux and Solaris 8/9) environments on the same machine. Not forgetting an extensice session with Live Upgrade to install and maintain alternate boot environments while the machie is running... This course is the equivalent of the Sun SA-202-S10 course, and provides preparation for the Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 10  System Administrator Part 2 (1Z0-878, was CX-310-201) exam..
You need to pass both 1Z0-877 and 1Z0-878 to become certified.

Solaris 10 Network Administration

This five-day Solaris 10 Network Administration course is designed to cover Solaris network administration in depth and is an extension to our Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 1) and  Solaris 10 Systems Administration (Part 2). This course covers many networking topics, including the TCP/IP model; network topologies, media, interfaces and utilities; ARP and RARP; configuring IP; IPMP (Multipathing); routing; IPV6 (IP version 6); DNS (Domain Name System);  DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol); NTP (Network Time Protocol) and IP Filter Firewall. Additional topics are also covered, including Link Aggregations with dladm, Wireless Network configuratiom, and ISCSI configuration, with full hands-on experience at all stages. This course is comparable with the Sun SA-300-S10 course and leads to the Oracle Certified Expert, Network Administrator for Solaris 10 (1Z0-880, was CX-310-302.)

Solaris 10 Update Workshop (Solaris 10 New Features for Experienced Administrators)

Solaris 10 Update Workshop 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. This course provides preparation for the Upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 10  System Administrator (1Z0-879, was CX-310-203) exam.

Solaris Live Upgrade Workshop

Solaris Live Upgrade Workshop

Live Upgrade provides advanced upgrading and patching capabilities on Solaris SPARC and Intel platforms, especially since the 10/08 update 6 release, which introduced ZFS root pools. Boot environments can now be almost instantly cloned for upgrading or patching while the system is live, and once the upgrade or patching is done, only a reboot is required to complete the task. The old boot environment. acts as a backup to fall back to in case of problems..
This one-day training course provides a thorough and practical look at Live Upgrade for both upgrading the OS and installing patches. The course utilises both SPARC and Intel systems for the practical sessions, covering both UFS and ZFS boot environments. Additional Live Upgrade facilities are also demostrated, such as the ability to install a boot environment from a Flash Archive.

Solaris Logical Domains Administration

Solaris Logical Domains Administration

This intensive one-day course covers all the areas necessary to install and administrate the Solaris 10 Logical Domains software on Sun CMT (Core Multi-Threaded) servers. It starts with server access configuration, followed by firmware issues, and then examines building the Solaris 10 OS and installing the latest Logical Domain Manager (LDOM) software.. This is followed by LDOM configuration of the Control and Service domains, and a variety of guest domains each running their own operating system. Further administration tasks such as changing domain resources are also covered.

Attendees have full access to a CMT server for the duration of the course.

Solaris Course Materials

Solaris Course Materials

Click on the above link for details of our Solaris courseware, available for purchase for self-study or running your own Solaris courses.

Mick Hosegood, Parther, First Alternative (UK), 2015.
We also run a range of courses for Enterprise Linux, suitable for RedHat, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux dustributions.

 

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