Training Managing Solaris 10 for Experienced Solaris 8 and 9 Systems Administrators – 3 days

Class overview :

This course presents the essential differences between administrating Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 and the Solaris 10 Operating Systems. The course covers skills and tasks that are new or are changed in Solaris 10 from Solaris 8 and 9. The course also covers tasks in Solaris 10 that replace previous Solaris tasks.

Class goals :

By the end of the course the delegate should be able to administer services with the Service Management Facility, describe features of Multiterabyte UFS, manage patches with the Sun Update Connection Services, configure various security features, create RAID volumes with the Solaris Volume Manager, create and manage ZFS file systems, control Log file rotation, manage Flash Archives for installation, install updates with the Live Upgrade feature and describe other differences between Solaris 10 and older Solaris versions.

The delegate will practice:

  • Administer services with the Service Management Facility
  • Control Log file rotation
  • Create RAID volumes with the Solaris Volume Manager
  • Create and manage ZFS file systems
  • Manage Flash Archives for installation
  • Install updates with the Live Upgrade feature
  • Configure various security features

Content of Managing Solaris 10 for Experienced Solaris 8 and 9 Systems Administrators

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate and Trainer Introductions

Service Management Facility (SMF)

  • Identify features of the Service Management Facility (SMF)
  • Manage services with various SMF commands

Disk and File Management

  • Identify changes to the format command
  • Implement EFI disk labels
  • Identify changes to the behaviour of the devfsadm command
  • Identify new pseudo file systems
  • Describe features of the Multiterabyte UFS
  • Describe changes related to logging in UFS
  • Display file activity with fsstat
  • Describe the effect of the /etc/inet/ipnodes file on the loghost variable for syslog
  • Log file rotation

Solaris Volume Manager (SVM)

  • Describe Solaris Volume Manager Software RAID concepts
  • Build a RAID-0 (concatenated) volume
  • Build a RAID-1 (mirror) volume for a file system including root
  • Backup a mirrored volume
  • Build a RAID-5 volume
  • Manage Hot Spares


  • Basic Description
  • Requirements
  • Main Features
  • The ZFS Tools
  • Managing ZFS Pools with zpool
  • Managing ZFS File Systems with zfs
  • Installing a ZFS root File System

Software Management

  • State the installation requirements for the Solaris 10 OS
  • Describe additional software groups introduced in the Solaris 10 OS
  • Describe differences in Jumpstart Server configuration
  • Describe WAN boot installation
  • Describe how signed packages and patches are implemented
  • Describe related options with pkgadd and patchadd

Sun Connection Services and Patch Management

  • Implement patch management using the Sun Update Connection Services
  • Manage patches with the Sun Update Manager application and the smpatch command

Managing Flash Archives

  • Describe the Flash installation feature
  • Create a Flash archive
  • Use a Flash archive for installation

Using Live Upagrade

  • Create an alternate boot environment cloned from a running system
  • Create a differential flash archive in a Live Upgrade boot environment
  • Create an empty alternative boot environment for updating with a Flash Archive
  • Extend a base boot environment with a differential flash archive

User Management and Security

  • Manage users and groups with the Solaris Management Console (SMC)
  • Manage users and groups with SMC commands
  • Manage password generation
  • Manage user logins for failed attempts

Networking Services

  • Describe differences in managing the DNS (server and client) and LDAP (client) Naming Services
  • Describe the differences in the Network File System (NFS)
  • Describe the enhancements to Network File System version 4
  • Describe changes to managing AutoFS

Miscellaneous Features

  • Identify changes in printing services
  • Desktop Printer Management Tool
  • Describe the differences in the coreadm command from Solaris 10
  • Describe MPSS (Multiple Page Size Support)
  • System Administration with Solaris Management Console (SMC)
  • System Administration with Webmin

Zone (optional topic, depending on time)

  • Basic Description
  • Main Features and Benefits
  • Zone Configuration Settings and Characteristics
  • Creating Zones (zonecfg, zoneadm, zlogin)
  • Accessing Zones
  • Managing the Zone State
  • Zone Migration
  • Zone System Processes

GRUB (optional topic, depending on time)

  • Booting from an INTEL System with GRUB
  • Booting Procedures with GRUB
  • GRUB Files
  • Modifying the Boot Behaviour
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