Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I

Course Code: SSA1R11

Duration: 5 days

 
 
 
 

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Course Overview

This Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I training course will give delegates practical experience in the administration of an Oracle Solaris 11 system.

Together with the Solaris Introduction course this event will enable the delegate to gain skills which will help them to prepare for the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam (1Z0-821).

Having achieved the above certification plus attending the Solaris Systems Administration Part II course attendees will have gained much of the preparation required for sitting the Oracle Solaris Advanced Systems Administration exam (1Z0-822).

Similarly, the course is targeted to closely follow the official Oracle Solaris curriculum for certification.

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 standard tasks including; starting and shutting down a system, managing filesystems and performing regular backups. Delegates taking this course will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to perform these tasks.

Who will the Course Benefit?

This Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I course is aimed at IT staff responsible for performing essential system administration procedures in the Oracle Solaris 11 operating environment.

Skills Gained

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • Managing Boot and Shutdown Procedures
  • Managing Services with the Service Management Facility (SMF)
  • Installing the Solaris 11 Operating system
  • Software Package Administration using IPS
  • Disk Management
  • UFS File System Management
  • UFS Backup and Recovery
  • ZFS File System Management
  • Administration of File Permissions
  • User and Group Management
  • Control Local and Remote Login
  • Disk Quotas
  • Managing the User Login Environment
  • Managing Processes and Scheduling tasks
  • Administer Zones
  • Administrating the Network

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Training Course

Course Introduction

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

Session 1: BOOT AND SHUTDOWN PROCEDURES

  • Boot procedures overview
  • Boot phases
  • Sparc Openboot
  • Modifying Sparc boot procedures
  • Intel BIOS and the Grub boot loader
  • Modifying Intel boot procedures
  • The init process
  • System run levels
  • Run control scripts
  • Shutdown procedures
  • Exercise

Session 2: SERVICE MANAGEMENT FACILITY

  • Basic features
  • The SMF environment
  • SMF and booting
  • SMF environmental structures
  • Service states
  • Managing services
  • Automatic SMF state notification
  • Exercise

Session 3: INSTALLING THE SOLARIS 11

  • Installation methods
  • Minimum installation requirements
  • Installation considerations
  • Disk partitioning
  • Logical disk names
  • Device drivers
  • Software packages
  • Network configuration
  • Performing an interactive installation
  • Checking the installed system

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Training Course

Session 4: IPS SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT

  • Repositories
  • Package name format
  • Managing packages with the pkg command
  • List existing and searching for new packages
  • Updating existing and installing new packages
  • Checking existing packages
  • Managing packages with the GUI tool
  • Exercise

Session 5: DISK MANAGEMENT

  • Displaying disk information
  • Partitions/Slices
  • Naming conventions
  • Physical device names
  • Instance names
  • Logical device names
  • Block and character devices
  • Configuring new disk devices
  • Partitioning the disk
  • Exercise

Session 6: UFS FILE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

  • Disk based file systems
  • Main root sub-directories
  • Pseudo file systems
  • Components of a file system
  • Creating and mounting file systems
  • Automounting DVDs and USB Devices
  • Checking file systems
  • Checking free disk space
  • The df command
  • The quot command
  • The du command
  • Freeing disk space
  • Freeing up disk space with compression utilities
  • Rotating files with logadm
  • Exercise

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Training Course

Session 7: UFS BACKUP AND RESTORE UTILITIES

  • Backup policy
  • Archive devices
  • The mt utility
  • The ufsdump utility
  • The ufsrestore utility
  • ufs Snapshots

Session 8: ZFS FILE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

  • Requirements
  • Main features
  • ZFS tools
  • Managing ZFS Pools with zpool
  • Pool storage devices
  • Pool configuration features
  • Creating and deleting Pools
  • Viewing pool status
  • Managing file systems with ZFS
  • Creating and destroying a file system
  • Mounting and unmounting filesystems
  • Snapshots and Clones
  • Creating, destroying and displaying Snapshots and Clones
  • ZFS properties
  • Read-Only native properties
  • Settable native properties
  • Exercise

Session 9: FILE PERMISSIONS REVIEW

  • Basic file permissions
  • Changing permissions
  • Default permissions
  • Extended permissions
  • Changing the Owner
  • Changing the Group
  • Exercise

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Training Course

Session 10: USER MANAGEMENT

  • User accounts
  • Files used in creating a user
  • Adding a user
  • Changing user details
  • Deleting a user
  • User group maintenance
  • Password administration
  • Password command
  • Securing logins and passwords
  • Local and remote login control
  • Login logs
  • Message of the day file
  • Exercise

Session 11: DISK QUOTAS

  • UFS Quotas
  • Creating the Quotas files
  • Adding Quota checks and enabling
  • Add the Quota option to the /etc/vfstab File
  • Establish Quotas for individual users
  • Turning Quotas on and off
  • Turning on Quotas for ZFS
  • Setting ZFS Quotas for users and groups
  • Check spaced used for users and groups
  • Exercise

Session 12: THE USER LOGIN ENVIRONMENT

  • Shell configuration
  • Shell variables
  • Command aliases
  • Executing commands
  • Creating a permanent environment (profiles and rc files)
  • Customising the environment
  • Exercise

Solaris 11 System Administration - Part I Training Course

Session 13: MANAGING PROCESSES

  • Introduction to process management
  • The ps command
  • The prstat and top commands
  • The kill command
  • The 'p series of commands
  • Debugging processes
  • Background jobs
  • Using the cron processes
  • Cron files
  • Creating crontab entries
  • Amending existing crontab files
  • Crontab command options
  • The at command
  • Exercise

Session 14: NETWORKING ADMINISTRATION

  • Network addressing - IPv4
  • Network masks and subnets
  • Routing
  • Location of network information
  • SMF network properties
  • Network Profiles
  • Network Interfaces and Datalinks
  • Manual and automatic configuration
  • Managing Datalinks
  • Managing Interfaces
  • Exercise

Session 15: ADMINISTERING ZONES

  • Features and benefits
  • Configuration settings
  • Viewing a zone configuration
  • Starting up and shutting down zones
  • Logging in and out of a Zone
  • Monitoring a zone
  • Exercise
Notes:
  • 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.

Examinations

Ths course together with the Solaris Introduction course is an excellent choice for delegates preparing to take the following exam:

  • Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification (exam 1Z0-821)

Ths course together with the Solaris 11 System Administration - Part II and Solaris Introduction courses are an excellent choice for delegates preparing to take the following exam:

  • Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification (exam 1Z0-822)

Attending these courses and studying the associated reference materials can form part of the preparation to achieve certification. Experience, practice, self-study and aptitude are also key requirements for exam success.

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.

Requirements

This Solaris 11 System Administration course assumes good knowledge of a Unix operating system in an Enterprise environment to the level covered in the Solaris Introduction course. Alternatively, relevant experience of UNIX or Linux servers is required, preferably within an Enterprise environment. Knowledge of Solaris Shell Programming to the level covered on the Solaris Shell Programming course would also be beneficial.

Pre-Requisite Courses

Course Reviews

What could be one of the driest topics on earth, was actually brought to life by Mark and a fabulously enjoyable week was had. I am genuinely looking forward to Part 2 and am very pleased it is with the same trainer. Mark credit to you.

Lee - Database Technical Team Lead - Police - December 2023


Course delivered very well and tailored allowing greater benefit to me.

Stuart - Defence - December 2023


Mark, showed great knowledge in the Linux and Solaris subjects. He was able to answer not only my questions but provide history and background into various tools. He took the time to explain and break down the various commands. I'd like to thank Mark for all his time over the last 5 days. Kind regards Paul

Paul - CxP Senior Engineer - Communications


Really enjoyed my week on this course, lots of time was allocated for questions and answers were given in full, course was very accommodating to the needs of me and my colleague.

Liam - Junior Oracle system specialist


The training was informative, well-paced and with plenty of time for the exercises we were assigned. It has filled in lot of operational knowledge of a working Solaris system and set me up perfectly for the 2nd part of the course The instructor was friendly, always willing to help and took the time to thoroughly explain the concepts behind the work he was demonstrating on screen. The technical quality of the presentation was good and allowed to easily follow along with the course and kept me engaged.

Michael - Junior Oracle Specialist


Well rounded course. Great instructor who was able to answer questions. Very clear and concise.

Michelle - Systems Engineer


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