Solaris 11 Systems Administration Training

Course #:SO120

Solaris 11 Systems Administration Training

The Solaris 11 Systems Administration: Performance Management course introduces participants to performance management principles, monitoring utilities / tools, and analysis for the Solaris 11 Operating Environment. The course includes a review of Solaris subsystems, along with the utilities provided to monitor system efficiency including sar and the *stat family of tools. This revision also presents tools new to Solaris 11, including dtrace and kstat. In each area of discussion, emphasis will be placed on writing tools for monitoring and analysis. These tools will include Korn shell scripts, Perl procedures, and C language programs.

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


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

  • Describe performance management fundamentals
  • Use the Solaris 11 OS and third-party tools to analyze performance
  • Write tools in various languages
  • Use Solaris 11 performance data extensions (kstatdtrace)
  • View and set kernel-based tuning parameters
  • Monitor and report on process and thread activity
  • Modify CPU scheduling and virtual memory operations


This course normally requires three (3) 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 Solaris 11 Systems Administration Training

Performance Basics

  • Describe the principles of performance analysis
  • Describe the performance management process
  • Terms used to describe performance aspects
  • Factors affecting system performance
  • Performance metrics
  • Virtual system caching

Solaris 11 Monitoring Capabilities

  • Monitoring tools provided with Solaris 11
  • *stat family of programs
  • sar / sadc
  • kstat (command, modules, libraries)
  • dtrace (introduction to usage)
  • Third party / freely available tools
  • SE Toolkit programs


  • tools from OpenSolaris
  • User-written tools methods and rules
  • Kernel tunables (viewing, changing)

Memory Management

  • Memory layout and distribution
  • Memory usage by the kernel
  • Process creation
  • Process virtual address space
  • Buffer Cache (and allocation control)
  • Shared Memory / Page Caching
  • Paging and Swapping
  • Monitoring Tools

CPU Management

  • Software priorities concepts
  • Impact of the nice parameter
  • Priority boosting
  • Using dispadmin to adjust CPU mechanisms
  • Tuning Java threaded applications
  • Process states
  • Monitoring tools

I/O Management

  • Breakdown of disk I/O
  • Measuring Disk and I/O
  • UFS performance
  • File system structure concepts
  • File system caching
  • Name Lookup Caching
  • Tuning the Paged Buffer Cache Size
  • Monitoring tools
  • File system performance statistics
  • UFS parameters to improve efficiency
  • Alternative write strategies to UFS buffering
  • ZFS performance
  • zpool creation considerations
  • ZFS file system parameters
  • ZFS compression performance
  • ZFS deduplication
  • Monitoring Tools

Network Management

  • TCP/IP Layers
  • Socket controls
  • Controlling network services
  • Setting network buffer values
  • Monitoring tools


  • Memory management
  • CPU management
  • I/O management
  • Network management
  • User program management
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