Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Advanced Operations Training

Course #:SO119

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Advanced Operations Training

The Oracle Solaris 11 (Advanced) System Administration course introduces participants to: virtualization (zones), configuring access to networked directories and file systems (NFS), dynamic system tracing for system analysis (DTrace), core dump analysis, an introduction to the usage of access control lists (ACL) and the implementation of privileges in Solaris 11. In many areas of discussion, emphasis will be placed on writing tools for monitoring and/or access. 

These tools will include Korn shell scripts, Perl procedures, and C language programs.

Systems: Oracle Solaris 11, SPARC or x86/x64 hardware platforms.


On completion of this course, a system administrator should be able to: 

  • configure and setup NFS server and client systems
  • create and control virtualization features (zones)
  • configure a basic Automated Installer (AI) server
  • use both file and directory ACLs
  • distinguish between privilege and non-privilege aware programs
  • control privileges at the executable and user process levels


This course normally requires four (4) days, approximately 60% lecture, and 40% lab time. 


It is assumed that the participant has successfully completed the Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration course, or has equivalent system time as a user, and is comfortable with basic systems administration functions.

Outline of Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Advanced Operations Training

Advanced Solaris 11 Installation Setup - part 1

  • IPS (Image Packaging Service) setups
  • local and remote
  • multiple boot environments
  • Updating Solaris 11 via SRUs

Advanced Solaris 11 Installation Setup - part 2

  • Configuring Solaris 11 installation methods
  • text installer
  • Automated Installer (AI)
  • default
  • basic manifest customization
  • installadm service setup
  • multiple boot environments

Virtualization in Solaris 11

  • virtualization types
  • hardware based
  • software based
  • benefits of software virtualization
  • overview of Solaris 11 implementation (zones)

Features of Solaris Zones

  • types (whole root) and templates
  • creation and usage of control daemons
  • networking capabilities
  • operating states
  • the global zone
  • branded zones

Initial Operations on Solaris Zones

  • configuring zones (features)
  • booting zones
  • installing zones (identification and attributes)
  • using the zone virtual console
  • zone shutdown
  • zone deletion

Administrative Operations on Solaris Zones

  • package management
  • patch control, addition, removal
  • Solaris 11 update considerations with active zones
  • renaming, moving, cloning, migrating zones
  • backup and recovery mechanisms

Storage Access in Solaris Zones

  • accessing UFS data
  • sharing zpool/zfs global zone data
  • NFS client/server capabilities

Security Features in Solaris 11

  • File and Directory (ZFS) ACLs
  • Using Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Principle of Least Privilege
  • Assigning privileges to users and programs
  • Using Extended Policy privilege assignment

Advanced Networking Features

  • NFS client and server setup
  • automounter setup and configuration
  • DNS client setup
  • LDAP client setup
  • Introduction to LDAP structure and server
  • Configuring local and remote syslog
  • Configuring link failover via IPMP
  • Link aggregation

Managing the Service Management Facility (SMF)

  • Implement a plan to configure services
  • Generating manifests with svcbundle
  • Configure SMF services
  • Recover a service from a snapshot
  • Troubleshoot SMF services
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