Solaris 10 System Administration - Part I

5 Day Course
Hands On
Code SSA1

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This Solaris System Administration training course will give delegates practical experience in the administration of a a Sun Microsystem Solaris system up to and including Solaris version 10.  Reference will be made to the Solaris commands required to administer the system as well as using the GUI tools such as admintool and the Solaris Management Console.

The delegate will gain the key skills required to prepare for the Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator Certified Professional Part I exam (CX-310-200). Together with the Solaris Introduction course, this course is suitable preparation for delegates intending to sit the Oracle Solaris Certified Associate exam (CX-310-105). Together with the Solaris Administration - Part II course, this course is also suitable preparation for delegates intending to sit the Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator Certified Professional Upgrade exam (CX-310-203).

Please note that exams are not included as part of the course.

The delegates will practise:

  • Using the Solaris Desktops
  • Local System Administration with Solaris Management Console (SMC)
  • Configuring the Openboot Firmware
  • Managing Boot Procedures with GRUB
  • Startup and Shutdown Procedures
  • Managing Services with the Service Management Facility (SMF)
  • Installing the Solaris Operating system
  • Software Package Administration
  • Maintenance Of Patches
  • Disk Management and Partitioning
  • File System Management
  • ZFS
  • File Security and ACLs
  • User and Group Management
  • Accessing Remote Systems
  • Backup And Recovery
  • Managing the Print Environment
  • Managing Processes

Accessing the Solaris Operating System (3 topics)

  • Solaris Desktops
  • Solaris Desktop Administration Tools
  • Main Features and Usage of SMC

Boot Procedures (8 topics)

  • Openboot interface
  • Openboot parameters
  • Device names and aliases
  • Openboot diagnostics
  • Boot Options
  • Boot Device Sequence with BIOS
  • Booting with GRUB
  • Exercise: Setting Openboot parameters and Boot options

Startup and Shutdown Procedures (14 topics)

  • Boot Phases
  • init
  • System run levels
  • inittab file
  • Run control scripts
  • Adding a run control script
  • Disabling a run control script
  • System shutdown
  • The shutdown command
  • The init command
  • The halt/poweroff commands
  • The reboot command
  • The stop-a command
  • Exercise: Creating a run control script

Service Managemeent Facility (11 topics)

  • Basic Features
  • The SMF Environment
  • SMF and Booting
  • SMF Environmental Structures
  • Service States
  • Managing Services
  • Listing Services with svcs and inetadm
  • Managing the State of a Service with svcadm
  • Configuring a Service with svccfg
  • Managing the State of inetd Network Services with inetadm
  • Exercise: Listing and Managing the State of Services

Installing the Solaris Operating System (10 topics)

  • Installation requirements
  • System configuration for servers and clients
  • Partitions and multiple disks
  • Software terminology
  • Packages, Clusters and Groups
  • Configuration cluster
  • Definition of Installation methods (Web Start, Interactive, Jumpstart, Flash, Live Upgrade)
  • Interactive Installation Process
  • Installation from CD/DVD
  • Exercise: Installing a Solaris System (possibly, optional at the end of the course)

Software Package Administration (9 topics)

  • Documentation Packages
  • Configuration clusters
  • Tools for managing software
  • Displaying current software package information
  • Checking the installation of a package
  • Adding software packages using a CDROM device
  • Removing software packages
  • Package logfiles
  • Exercise: Removing, adding and listing a Package

Maintenance of Patches (6 topics)

  • Maintenance of patches and patch clusters
  • Verification of currently installed patches
  • Installing a patch on the system
  • Removing a patch from the system
  • Patch logfiles
  • Exercise: Installing and listing a Patch

Connection Services (3 topics)

  • Sun Connection Services Overview
  • The smpatch command
  • The Update Manager

Disk Management (12 topics)

  • Displaying disk information
  • Partitions/Slices
  • Naming conventions
  • Physical device names
  • Instance name
  • Logical device names
  • Block and character devices
  • Configuring new disk devices
  • Partitioning the disk with the format command and Solaris
  • Management Console
  • Making a new partition
  • Exercise: Configuring and listing a disk slice

File System Management (30 topics)

  • Disk based file systems
  • Main root sub-directories
  • Pseudo file systems
  • Components of a ufs file system
  • Boot block
  • Superblocks
  • Inodes
  • Data disk blocks
  • Ulimit parameter
  • File types
  • Symbolic and Hard links
  • Creating file systems
  • The newfs command
  • The mount command
  • The umount command
  • The vfstab file
  • The mnttab file
  • Filesystem checking
  • Determining if a file system needs checking
  • Running fsck manually
  • The lost+found directories
  • Automounting CDs and floppies (Volume Management)
  • Checking free disk space
  • The df command
  • The quot command
  • The du command
  • Freeing disk space
  • Freeing up disk space with compression utilities
  • Rotating files with logadm
  • Exercise: Managing file systems, newfs, mount etc.

ZFS (16 topics)

  • ZFS - A Basic Description
  • Requirements
  • Main Features
  • ZFS Tools
  • Managing ZFS Pools with zpool
  • Pool Storage Devices
  • Pool Configuration Features
  • Creating and Deleting ('Destroying Pools')
  • Managing File Systems with ZFS
  • Creating and Destroying a File System
  • Snapshots and Clones
  • ZFS Properties
  • Read-Only Native Properties
  • Settable Native Properties
  • ZFS GUI Interface
  • Exercise: Creating and managing a ZFS system

File Security and ACLS (5 topics)

  • ACLs (Access Control Lists)
  • The setfacl command
  • The getfacl command
  • The ACL mask
  • Exercise: Setting and Viewing ACLs

User Management (16 topics)

  • User accounts
  • Files used in creating a user - the passwd, group and shadow files
  • Adding a user
  • Changing user details
  • Deleting a user
  • User group maintenance
  • Password administration
  • Password command
  • Local Login control
  • Remote Login control
  • Login logs
  • User communication
  • The wall command
  • The message of the day
  • Controlling the amount of disk space accessible to users using quotas
  • Exercise: Creating and listing users and groups

Backup and Recovery (8 topics)

  • Backup overview
  • Backup policy
  • Backup and restore utilities overview
  • Tape device names
  • The mt utility - retentsion, rewind, space forward or backward and status
  • The ufsdump and ufsrestore utilities
  • ufs snapshots
  • Exercise: Backing up and restoring /export/home

Managing the Print Environment (9 topics)

  • The print service
  • Print service files
  • Hardware setup - ethernet, parallel & serial
  • Printer configuration with Solaris Print Manager
  • Printer configuration with lpadmin
  • Line printer commands - lpshut, lpsched, accept, reject, enable, disable, lpmove lpusers, lpstat, lp, cancel
  • Printing from copies of files
  • Stopping banner output
  • Exercise: Configuring and managing printer queues

Managing Processes (13 topics)

  • Introduction to Process Management
  • The ps command
  • The prstat command
  • The process manager application
  • The kill command
  • Using the cron processes
  • Cron files
  • Creating crontab entries
  • Amending existing crontab files
  • Crontab command options
  • The at command
  • Exercise: Monitoring and managing processes
  • Exercise: Setting up cron batch files
Delegates should be familiar with using Solaris Unix shell commands and the vi editor. Knowledge of shell programming would be beneficial though not essential.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course. If you are unsure please ask a training advisor

  • Solaris Introduction

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    course code SI 23 Classroom dates 6 locations
  • Solaris Shell Programming

    A 2-day Training Course on Solaris Shell Programming; Manipulate the Shell as an environment interface and fully utilize the Shell programming language.

    course code SSPR 26 Classroom dates 6 locations
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