Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II

Course Code: SSA2

Duration: 5 days


Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Course Overview

This Solaris System Administration training course will provide delegates with practical experience of configuring various aspects of a Oracle Solaris system up to and including Solaris version 10. This course extends the skills a delegate will have gained from attending the Solaris System Administration - Part 1 course.

Delegates will cover more specialised tasks such as managing the system log and configuring remote file sharing with NFS whilst gaining the key skills required to prepare for the Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator Certified Professional Part II exam (1Z0-878).

Exercises and examples are used throughout the course to give practical hands-on experience with the techniques covered.

Course Objectives

Administering Solaris systems involves many specialised tasks including; monitoring system events with syslog, performing network installations, dealing with various aspects of the network environment and assigning system roles to users. Delegates taking this class will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to perform these tasks.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II course is aimed at IT staff responsible for administering a networked server in a local area network, running the Oracle Solaris operating environment. It will extend their skills beyond basic administration tasks.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Configuring and Managing DNS
  • Configuring and Managing NIS
  • Control of remote File Systems with NFS and Auto mount
  • Managing Disk Space in the Solaris Volume Management environment using the Solaris Management Console and standard commands
  • Managing swap space
  • Setting up the JumpStart facility to automate installation
  • Installing a system with a Flash Archive
  • Live Upgrade
  • Managing the System and Program Dump file environment
  • Managing system event logging with syslog
  • Allocating system tasks to users using Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Configuring and accessing Zones

Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Training Course

Course Introduction

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


  • DNS Overview
  • DNS Server and Client Setup
  • NIS
  • NIS Servers and Clients
  • Setting up NIS Servers and Clients
  • NIS+ Overview
  • LDAP Overview and Setting up an LDAP Client
  • The Name Service Switch Configuration Files
  • Template nsswitch Files
  • Displaying Information From the Name Server
  • Name Service Cache Daemon
  • Reference for Naming Services
  • Exercise: Setting up an NIS server and client

Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Training Course

Session 2: NFS/CACHE FS

  • Network File System (NFS)
  • NFS Terminology
  • NFS Server
  • NFS Client
  • NFS Server Configuration
  • /etc/dfs/dfstab File
  • NFS Server Configuration - SMC
  • Other NFS Commands
  • NFS Client Configuration
  • The mount Command
  • Mounting a Local Resource
  • Mounting a Remote Resource
  • Responding to server failure - mount options
  • Multiple Hosts
  • Unmounting a Resource
  • NFS Client Configuration - SMC
  • Troubleshooting NFS
  • Cache File System (Cachefs)
  • Cachefs Terminology
  • Creating a Cache File System
  • Cachefs Statistics and Consistency
  • Cachefs Logging
  • Removing Cache File System
  • NFS Logging - user access
  • Exercise: Setting up an NFS server and client

Session 3: AUTOMOUNT

  • Automount Utility
  • Automount Maps
  • Registering Changes for Automount
  • automount -v
  • Exercise: Setting up an automount client


  • Disk Management and File System Review
  • RAID Technology and Volumes
  • RAID Modes
  • SVM Tools
  • Volume Management Operations
  • State Database Replicas
  • Creating State Database Replicas
  • Creating a Disk Concatenation
  • SVM Commands and Files
  • Creating State Database Replicas - the metadb command
  • metadevices
  • metstat command
  • Creating a Concatenation of two disk slices
  • Creating and Managing Mirrors
  • Creating File Systems on Volumes
  • Deleting a Metadevice
  • Dynamically Growing Existing File Systems
  • Mirroring Volumes and backup of Mirrors
  • Exercises:
    • Creating a database and concatenation volume
    • Growing a file system

Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Training Course


  • Swap Space
  • Configuring Swap Space
  • Adding a Swap File on an Existing File System
  • Disabling Swap Space
  • Exercise: Setting up an extra swap area

Session 6: JUMPSTART

  • Interactive Installation Review
  • Automatic Installation
  • Principles of JumpStart
  • Server Setup for JumpStart
  • Configuring NIS to Support JumpStart
  • Locale
  • Ethernet Address
  • IP Address and Hostname
  • TimeZone
  • Netmasks
  • Bootparams
  • Timehost Alias
  • Configuring Non NIS Server for JumpStart
  • Configuration Directory
  • Rules File
  • Class File
  • Check Utility
  • Install/Boot Server Installation
  • setup_install_server Utility
  • add_install_client Utility
  • Setting up DHCP for Intel clients
  • Overview of WAN Boot Installation
  • Installing a new Client
  • Jumpstart troubleshooting
  • Exercise: Setting up a jumpstart server and client

Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Training Course


  • Flash Archive Definition
  • Creating a Flash Archive
  • Restoring a Flash Archive
  • Specifying the Location of the Flash Archive to be Restored
  • Jumpstart Installation Considerations
  • Displaying Flash Archive Information


  • Live Upgrade description
  • Basic procedures
  • lucreate and luupdate commands
  • lucativate an lustatus commands
  • Live Upgrade Example
  • Exercise


  • Dump File Definition
  • System Crash Dumps
  • Displaying the System Crash Dump Configuration
  • Modifying the System Crash Dump Configuration
  • Core Dumps
  • Displaying the Core Dump Configuration
  • Modifying the Core Dump Configuration
  • Exercises:
    • Displaying the system crash dump configuration
    • Displaying and setting the core dump configuration

Session 10: SYSLOG

  • syslog Configuration
  • The /etc/syslog.conf Configuration File
  • Facility
  • Security Level
  • Action
  • The M4 Utility
  • Editing the syslog.conf File
  • Logging Telnet, FTP and other Networking Daemon
  • The SMC Log Viewer
  • Testing syslogd Logging

Solaris 10 System Administration - Part II Training Course


  • Traditional Unix Security vs RBAC
  • The RBAC Security Model
  • Main Attributes and Associated Files
  • Linking Attributes and their Files together
  • Attribute File Formats
  • Configuring RBAC Examples
  • Using SMC in the RBAC Environment
  • Exercise: Defining & testing a file system's management role

Session 12: ZONES

  • Basic Description
  • Main Features and Benefits
  • Zone Configuration Settings and Characteristics
  • Creating Zones
  • User Access to Zones
  • Managing the Zone State
  • Zone System Processes
  • Exercise: Configuring and enabling a Zone
  • Course technical content is subject to change without notice.
  • Course content is structured as sessions, this does not strictly map to course timings. Concepts, content and practicals often span sessions.


Together with the Solaris 10 System Administration - Part I course, this course is also suitable preparation for delegates intending to sit the Oracle Solaris 10 System Administrator Certified Professional Upgrade exam (1Z0-879).

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience. The Oracle website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.


Attendance on the Solaris Introduction and Solaris 10 System Administration - Part I courses or similar knowledge is required. Shell Programming knowledge is beneficial but not essential. This skill can be gained by attending the Solaris Shell Programming course.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

It was a pleasure to come to class everyday. The course was very informational and will be a great asset for future endeavours.

Ryan - Government

Very straight forward teaching style. Good interaction, good mix of practical and theory. Great Teaching !! Thanks

Harpal - Data Services Support Engineer

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