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Oracle Solaris System Administration

Course Code: SOL210
Length: 5 days

Schedule and Registration

Course Description

Oracle Solaris System Administration will teach a basic Unix user the skills needed to administer their own Unix infrastructure. The student will learn how to built & install the Oracle Solaris, perform system backups, allocate storage, and diagnose system problems. Oracle Solaris Networking skills will also be covered in detail so the student will feel comfortable configuring NFS, Mail, and other critical services. This is a perfect course for anyone who can say they know "some" Oracle Solaris, but need to be functional as an administrator. At PARSEC our trainers consult and our consultants train. Thus, you’ll be taught by an experienced administrator, not a person who only knows what’s in the book.

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced Unix users wishing to learn administration skills
  • System Admins who have never used Oracle Solaris, but know other Unix variants
  • Developers who need in-depth knowledge of Oracle Solaris system mechanics


Students should have a fundamental understanding of Unix. They should be able to operate as a user in their environment, use the vi editor, understand file operations, and have at least a cursory familiarity using terminal emulation programs.

Benefits of Attending this Class

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Install Oracle Solaris and configure installation options
  • Setup network services such as Mail, NFS, FTP, and more
  • Administer users and groups under Oracle Solaris
  • Create NFS shares and use them on client machines
  • Use permissions and ACLs to control file & directory access
  • Learn advanced usage for tools like Sed and Awk using regular expressions
  • Automate operations using shell scripts
  • ZFS implementation, backups, and performance tuning

Course Contents

  • The Function of an Admin
  • Oracle Solaris Features for Admins
  • The Oracle Solaris SMF
  • Oracle Solaris Firmware Basics
Volume Management and File Systems
  • UFS File System Operations
  • CD and DVD Filesystems
  • ZFS Filesystem Overview
  • ZFS Pools
  • ZFS Tuning
  • Filesystem Troubleshooting
  • A Word on Solstice Volume Manager and Disk Suite (Legacy)
Startup and Shutdown
  • The Oracle Solaris Boot Process
  • The Open Boot PROM - Basics
  • Shutting down Oracle Solaris
  • Single User Mode
  • Troubleshooting Boot Problems
User Administration
  • Adding and Dropping Oracle Solaris Users
  • Modifying User Characteristics
  • Advanced User Management Tools
Process Control for Admins
  • Viewing Process Attributes
  • Altering Process Priorities
  • Stopping Processes
Network Services
  • Configuring Network Interfaces
  • Network Diagnostics
  • Secure Shell Configuration
  • Setting up Services using SMF
  • Configuring Mail
  • Setting Up an NFS Server
  • Configuring Automount
  • Network Access Control Options
Managing Printing in Oracle Solaris
  • Creating Print Queues
  • Administering Network Printers
  • Removing Print Jobs & Queues
System Security
  • Unix Permissions Review
  • Implementing Filesystem ACLs
  • Password Security Settings
  • Applying Patches & Technology Level Updates
  • Detecting a Security Breach
  • Oracle Solaris System Hardening
Performance Monitoring & Capacity Planning
  • Gathering Data with Unix Monitoring Tools
  • Employing sar, iostat, and vmstat
  • Integrating Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Planning for Upgrades
Backup & Restore
  • Creating Basic Backups with tar and cpio
  • Using ZFS Backups Using send and receive
  • System and File Restore Operations
System Tuning
  • Using Oracle Solaris tuning tools
  • Tuning Methods
Fixing Hardware Issues
  • Syslog Configuration
  • Using and Interpreting prtdiag
  • Firmware Updates
  • Using Diagnostics
  • Enhancing Error Reporting