Solaris Administration Syllabus

Introduction to Solaris Administration

  • The Role of the System Administrator
  • Hardware Responsibilities
  • Software Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities to the Users

Installing Solaris Operating System

  • Planning disk Layout
  • Different modes of installation
  • Install Solaris from CD/DVD
  • Selecting software options
  • Post Installation procedures
  • Upgrading Solaris

Solaris File system Hierarchy

  • Introducing the File System Paradigm
  • The File System Layout
  • Identifying file types
  • Using Hard Links

Managing Local Disk Devices

  • Basic Disk Architecture
  • Solaris Device naming convention
  • Listing system devices
  • Reconfiguring Devices
  • Partitioning the Hard disk
  • Managing the disk labels

Managing Solaris OS File System

  • Introducing Solaris OS File Systems
  • Creating a New UFS File System
  • Checking File system by FSCK
  • Resolving File system Inconsistencies
  • Monitoring File system use

Performing Mounts and Umounts

  • Working with mounting basics
  • Performing Mounts
  • Performing Umounts
  • Accessing Mounted Disk, CD-ROM

Managing Package Administration

  • Package admin fundamentals
  • Adding packages
  • Checking Packages
  • Removing Packages
  • Streaming one or more packages
  • Displaying information about installed packages

Patch Management

  • Patch Naming Conventions
  • Installing Patches
  • Checking patch levels
  • Obtaining Patches
  • Installing Patches with smpatch utility
  • Listing Patches
  • Removing Patches


  • Boot PROM fundamentals
  • Boot PROM commands
  • Identifying system Boot device
  • Creating Custom device aliases
  • Viewing changing NVRAM parameters

Shutdown and Reboot

  • Service Management Facility
  • Identifying boot process
  • System Boot Process Overview
  • Autoboot versus Manual Boot
  • Initiating the Boot Sequence
  • Interacting with the BootPROM
  • Run Levels
  • Changing Run Levels with init
  • Configuring init via /etc/inittab

Creating and Managing User Accounts

  • Users & Groups - Access to System and Data
  • The /etc/passwd File
  • The /etc/group File
  • Creating User Accounts using tools.
  • Managing User Accounts from the
  • Command Line
  • The /etc/skel Directory
  • Customizing User Accounts

Performing System Security

  • Monitoring System Access
  • Switching users on a system
  • Controlling system access
  • Restricting access to data in files

Controlling System Processes

  • Viewing System Processes
  • Killing Frozen Process
  • The cron Daemon
  • cron file
  • Managing cronfile with crontab
  • What Happens When a Job is Scheduled

Configuring and using Printer Services

  • Introducing Network Printing Fundamentals
  • Configuring Printing services
  • Administering printing services

Backing up mounted File system with UFS Snapshot

  • Creating UFS snapshot -FSSNAP
  • Backing up the UFS Snapshot file

Performing file system backups & Restores

  • Introducing Fundamentals of Backup
  • Backup of unmounted File system
  • Restorign a UFS Filesystem

Describing Interface Configuration

  • Control and monitor network interfaces
  • Configure Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) interfaces at boot time
  • Changing hostnames
  • IPMP configuration
  • DNS Client side configuration

Describing the Client-Server Model

  • Describe client-server processes
  • Start server processes

Managing Swap Space

  • System Memory
  • Describe virtual memory
  • Configure swap space
  • Enabling Swap via /etc/vfstab
  • Monitoring Swap Space Usage

Managing Crash Dumps and Core Files

  • Managing Crash Dump Behavior
  • Changing the Crash Dump Configuration
  • Managing Core File Behavior
  • Changing the Core File Configuration

Configuring NFS

  • Describe the benefits of NFS
  • Describe the fundamentals of the NFS distributed file system
  • Manage an NFS server
  • Manage an NFS client
  • Enable the NFS server logging
  • Manage NFS with the Solaris™ Management Console storage folder tools
  • Troubleshoot NFS errors

Configuring AutoFS

  • Describe the fundamentals of the AutoFS file system
  • Use automount maps

Describing RAID and the Solaris Volume Manager Software

  • Describe RAID
  • Describe Solaris Volume Manager software concepts
  • Describe Solaris Volume Manager software concepts
  • Build a RAID-0 (concatenated/Stripe) volume
  • Build a RAID-1 (mirror) volume for the root (/) file system
  • Build a RAID-5 Volume
  • Increasing the File system space
  • Soft partitioning

Configuring Role-Based Access Control

  • Describe RBAC fundamentals
  • Describe component interaction within RBAC
  • Manage RBAC by using the command line

Configuring System Messaging

  • Describe the fundamentals of the syslog function
  • Configure the /etc/syslog.conf file
  • Configure syslog messaging
  • Use the Solaris Management Console log viewer

Using Name Services

  • Describe the name service concept
  • Describe the name service switch file /etc/nsswitch.conf
  • Describe the name service cache daemon (nscd)
  • Get name service information

Configuring the Network Information Service

  • Describe NIS fundamentals
  • Configure the name service switch file
  • Describe NIS security
  • Configure an NIS domain
  • Build custom NIS maps
  • Troubleshoot NIS

Introduction to Zones

  • Identify the different zones features
  • Understand how and why zone partitioning is used
  • Configure zones
  • Install zones
  • Boot zones
  • Moving Zones
  • Migrating Zones

Introduction to the ZFS File systems

  • Describe the Solaris ZFS file systems
  • Create a ZFS pools and file systems
  • Modify ZFS file system properties
  • Mount and unmount ZFS file system
  • Destroy ZFS pools and file systems
  • Work with ZFS snapshots and Clones
  • Use of ZFS datasets with Solaris zones

Describing the Custom JumpStart Configurations

  • Describe the JumpStart configurations
  • Implement a basic JumpStart server
  • Set up JumpStart software configuration alternatives
  • Troubleshoot the JumpStart configurations
  • Configure a naming service to support JumpStart


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