Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I

5 Day Course
Code SSA1R11

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This Solaris System Administration training course will give delegates practical experience in the administration of an Oracle Solaris 11 system.

Together with the Solaris Introduction course this event will enable the delegate to gain skills which will help them to prepare for the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam (1Z0-821).

Having achieved the above certification plus attending the Solaris Systems Administration Part II course attendees will have gained much of the preparation required for sitting the Oracle Solaris Advanced Systems Administration exam (1Z0-822).

The delegates will practise:

  • Managing Boot and Shutdown Procedures
  • Managing Services with the Service Management Facility (SMF)
  • Installing the Solaris 11 Operating system
  • Software Package Administration using IPS
  • Disk Management
  • UFS File System Management
  • UFS Backup and Recovery
  • ZFS File System Management
  • Administration of File Permissions
  • User and Group Management
  • Control Local and Remote Login
  • Disk Quotas
  • Managing the User Login Environment
  • Managing Processes and Scheduling tasks
  • Administer Zones
  • Administrating the Network

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Boot and Shutdown Procedures (11 topics)

  • Boot procedures overview
  • Boot phases
  • Sparc Openboot
  • Modifying Sparc boot procedures
  • Intel BIOS and the Grub boot loader
  • Modifying Intel boot procedures
  • The init process
  • System run levels
  • Run control scripts
  • Shutdown procedures
  • Exercise

Service Management Facility (8 topics)

  • Basic features
  • The SMF environment
  • SMF and booting
  • SMF environmental structures
  • Service states
  • Managing services
  • Automatic SMF state notification
  • Exercise

Installing The Solaris 11 (10 topics)

  • Installation methods
  • Minimum installation requirements
  • Installation considerations
  • Disk partitioning
  • Logical disk names
  • Device drivers
  • Software packages
  • Network configuration
  • Performing an interactive installation
  • Checking the installed system

IPS Software Management (8 topics)

  • Repositories
  • Package name format
  • Managing packages with the pkg command
  • List existing and searching for new packages
  • Updating existing and installing new packages
  • Checking existing packages
  • Managing packages with the GUI tool
  • Exercise

Disk Management (10 topics)

  • Displaying disk information
  • Partitions/Slices
  • Naming conventions
  • Physical device names
  • Instance names
  • Logical device names
  • Block and character devices
  • Configuring new disk devices
  • Partitioning the disk
  • Exercise

UFS File System Management (15 topics)

  • Disk based file systems
  • Main root sub-directories
  • Pseudo file systems
  • Components of a file system
  • Creating and mounting file systems
  • Automounting DVDs and USB Devices
  • Checking file systems
  • 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

UFS Backup and Restore Utilities (6 topics)

  • Backup policy
  • Archive devices
  • The mt utility
  • The ufsdump utility
  • The ufsrestore utility
  • ufs Snapshots

ZFS File System Management (17 topics)

  • Requirements
  • Main features
  • ZFS tools
  • Managing ZFS Pools with zpool
  • Pool storage devices
  • Pool configuration features
  • Creating and deleting Pools
  • Viewing pool status
  • Managing file systems with ZFS
  • Creating and destroying a file system
  • Mounting and unmounting filesystems
  • Snapshots and Clones
  • Creating, destroying and displaying Snapshots and Clones
  • ZFS properties
  • Read-Only native properties
  • Settable native properties
  • Exercise

File Permissions Review (7 topics)

  • Basic file permissions
  • Changing permissions
  • Default permissions
  • Extended permissions
  • Changing the Owner
  • Changing the Group
  • Exercise

User Management (13 topics)

  • User accounts
  • Files used in creating a user
  • Adding a user
  • Changing user details
  • Deleting a user
  • User group maintenance
  • Password administration
  • Password command
  • Securing logins and passwords
  • Local and remote login control
  • Login logs
  • Message of the day file
  • Exercise

Disk Quotas (10 topics)

  • UFS Quotas
  • Creating the Quotas files
  • Adding Quota checks and enabling
  • Add the Quota option to the /etc/vfstab File
  • Establish Quotas for individual users
  • Turning Quotas on and off
  • Turning on Quotas for ZFS
  • Setting ZFS Quotas for users and groups
  • Check spaced used for users and groups
  • Exercise

The User Login Environment (7 topics)

  • Shell configuration
  • Shell variables
  • Command aliases
  • Executing commands
  • Creating a permanent environment (profiles and rc files)
  • Customising the environment
  • Exercise

Managing Processes (14 topics)

  • Introduction to process management
  • The ps command
  • The prstat and top commands
  • The kill command
  • The 'p series of commands
  • Debugging processes
  • Background jobs
  • Using the cron processes
  • Cron files
  • Creating crontab entries
  • Amending existing crontab files
  • Crontab command options
  • The at command
  • Exercise

Networking Administration (11 topics)

  • Network addressing - IPv4
  • Network masks and subnets
  • Routing
  • Location of network information
  • SMF network properties
  • Network Profiles
  • Network Interfaces and Datalinks
  • Manual and automatic configuration
  • Managing Datalinks
  • Managing Interfaces
  • Exercise

Administering Zones (7 topics)

  • Features and benefits
  • Configuration settings
  • Viewing a zone configuration
  • Starting up and shutting down zones
  • Logging in and out of a Zone
  • Monitoring a zone
  • Exercise


Delegates should be familiar with using Solaris Unix shell commands and the vi editor. Knowledge of shell programming would be beneficial though not essential.

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