Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Essential Operations Training

Course #:SO118

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Essential Operations Training

This course will teach the commands and methods needed to setup and manage a Solaris 11 system. The course will also use a problem solving approach in the lab exercises to teach system administrators advanced topics, for long-term mangement of the system.

Systems: thru Solaris 11.0 thru 11.2 SPARC and x86/x64 platforms.


On completion of this course, a systems administrator should be able to install, update, and boot the Solaris 11 operating system; set up user accounts and directories; prepare queues for use; perform backups for integrity and performance reasons; monitor the system for performance and do basic setup of network software and capabilities.


This course normally requires five (5) days, approximately 60% lecture, and 40% lab time.


It is assumed that the participant has successfully completed the Solaris 11 Operating System Essentials course, or has equivalent system time as a user.

Outline of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Essential Operations Training

Advanced System Concepts for System Administrators

  • Process concepts
  • Shell command usage and review
  • Optimizing system help information
  • System administrator functions
  • Using the root account (role)
  • Introduction to Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Using the GNOME administrative graphical interfaces
  • Manipulating system default environment files

System Installation and Updating

  • Installation types and methods
  • Installing the Solaris 11 operating system
  • Maintaining the system via SRUs
  • Adding additional products to the system (packages)
  • Reconfiguring the Solaris 11 kernel via parameters (mdb)

Startup and Shutdown

  • Components involved in the Solaris 11 boot
  • GRUB loader stages and configuration
  • Manipulating EEPROM commands and parameters
  • Default bootstrap
  • Boot to single-user mode
  • Solaris fail-safe boot features
  • SMF startup methods, tools, and procedures
  • Understanding milestones
  • Adding procedures to the startup mechanisms
  • Shutdown methods and control

Managing of System Users

  • UID and GID concepts
  • Creation of a user account
  • Security through password aging
  • password lifetime and composition
  • using password history and dictionaries
  • Controlling access by groups
  • Login sequence
  • Setting up user environment files
  • Using and maintaining user login files
  • Viewing and controlling running processes
  • Basic setup and control of the GNOME
  • gdm-binary (login manager)
  • .gnome* files and directories (menus and layouts)
  • Remote graphical environments
  • vncserver / vncviewer
  • /etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf

Managing Disk and Backup Volumes

  • Commands to manipulate ufs disks/filesystems
  • partitioning disk surfaces with format
  • creating ufs file systems (newfs)
  • manipulating file system structures
  • verifying file system structures with fsck
  • making file systems available to software (mount)
  • Creating and using zfs file systems
  • Commands to manipulate archival volumes:
  • tar utility
  • ufsdump and ufsrestore utilities
  • ufs snapshots
  • zfs snapshots
  • zfs send and receive utilities

Monitoring System Activity

  • Informational Utilities
  • The vmstat utility
  • The iostat utility
  • The sar utility
  • The netstat utility
  • Maintaining swap and paging space(s)
  • Building and using the top facility
  • An Introduction to kstat and DTrace

Introduction to Solaris 11 Virtualization

  • Zones concepts
  • Configuring and installing a zone
  • Basic zone administration

Network Setup and Configuration (via NWAM)

  • TCP/IP address selection
  • Host names and related files
  • Configuring network devices
  • Network testing with ping
  • Network utilities: telnet, rlogin, rcp, rsh, ssh
  • Controlling network services via SMF (inetadm)

Maintaining System Integrity

  • Login and user accounting
  • Command/process level accounting
  • Using cron tables
  • Managing core and crash dump files
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