Operating System Essentials Training

Course #:SO115

Operating System Essentials Training

This course teaches the basic working environment of a Solaris 11 system. It introduces commonly required operations that can be performed by entering commands interactively in a command terminal, along with functions available in the GNOME Desktop Environment. This course is taught for the following platforms: Solaris 11.2 SPARC and x86 / x64 platforms.


Each participant will be able to use BASH and Korn Shell techniques and commands to maintain collections of files, create files using interactive editor utilities,  create and execute basic command procedures, communicate with other users, and tailor the interactive environment to meet their needs. Environment control using the GNOME graphical utilities will also be shown.


This course normally requires three (3) days, approximately 50% lecture and 50% lab time.


This course is considered to be the basic Unix / Solaris 11 course. Experience with any (other) interactive system is helpful.

Outline of Operating System Essentials Training

Understanding the User Environment

  • Unix / Solaris Software Overview
  • Process Concepts
  • The GNOME Desktop Environment GUI

Getting Started with the Command Language

  • Logging Into a Solaris 11 System
  • Graphically through the GNOME
  • Non-graphically thru telnet or emulation
  • Shell Syntax Rules
  • Command Line Editing
  • Obtaining help using man and GNOME help
  • Basic Network Operations
  • Defining and using ssh keys

Managing Files

  • File Specification Syntax
  • Device Specifications
  • Directory Specifications
  • Using the GNOME Nautilus file manager
  • Regular Expressions and Special Characters
  • Unix / Solaris Commands to Manipulate Files
  • GNOME utilities to manipulate files
  • File Protection Mechanisms
  • Standard Permission Code Scheme
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Creating and Editing Text Files: Part 1

  • Using GUI-based editors (gedit)
  • vim Editor
  • ex Editor (commands within vim)

Creating and Editing Text Files: Part 2

  • Advanced Features of the vim Editor
  • abbreviations
  • mapping keys

Improving the User Interface

  • Saving History Commands
  • Creating Command Aliases
  • Redirection of Input and Output
  • Using Hard and Symbolic Links
  • Process Control Commands

Shell Script Procedures

  • Rules for Creating Procedures
  • The .profile Procedures

Print and Batch Mechanisms

  • The lp command and options
  • Using the GNOME print manager
  • The at command and options
  • The crontab command and options

User Level Tape Operations

  • tar utility syntax
  • tar commands for product access
  • Using compression/uncompression commands
  • compress / uncompress
  • gzip / gunzip
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