Solaris™ 10 Advanced System Administration

Summary
This three-day course is designed to cover the more technically complex and difficult tasks confronting the Solaris/UNIX system and network administrator.

Prerequisites
Attendees must have experience of Solaris administration and networking up to the level taught in the Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 1) and Solaris 10 System Administration (Part 2) courses.

Course Objective
To train the administrator of a workstation to a level suitable for the Solaris Certified Administrator Part 2 exam.

Length
3 days

Format
Instructor-led course, with many practical computer-based exercises.

Course Outline
  • Solaris Management Console
    Installation. Configuration of extra toolboxes for use with multiple servers using the toolbox editor.
  • Swap Management and Configuration
    Virtual memory. Examining a machine's current swap allocation. Creating new swap slices and files. Adding swap details to /etc/vfstab
  • Crash dumps and core files
    What are they? How to manage and restrict.
  • Disk quotas
    Enabling quotas. Setting quota limits and time limits; Quota reporting. Remote server quotas.
  • Solaris Volume Manager (SVM)and RAID disks
    Describe RAID levels. Describe the features of SVM. Implement SVM on a Solaris system. The metadevice state databases. Creating concatenated and striped metadevices. Creating and adding mirrors. removing mirrors. taking mirrors off-line. UFS logging. Hot Spares. Expanding file systems with growfs. Summary of files and commands. Using the GUI to perform SVM tasks and monitor SVM status.
  • Role-based Access Control (RBAC)
    RBAC facilities. Applying rights and roles to users. Using the GUI smc to manage RBAC. RBAC files and directories.
  • X Windows Technology Explained.
    X Windows background and constituent parts. X windows and the network. Adding an X login capability to the network (xdm and setup files) CDE and dtlogin. Configuring a Chooser.
  • Solaris Zones
    Features of Solaris zones. The uses for zone partitioning. Configure, install and boot zones. Pre-configuring zone installation information. Adding additional directories to an existing zone. Controlling zone resource limitations. Moving, renaming, cloning and migrating zones. Zone FAQ.
  • System Messaging and Log Management.
    System logging (syslogd) operation. The syslog.conf configuration file directives. Using the logger command to add messages to logs Using the smc log viewer. Log file management with crontab.
  • Accounting Mechanisms
    Login accounting - viewing data, analysis utilities. Process accounting - enabling, examining and analysing data.
  • Automatic Solaris Installation (Jumpstart)
    Jump Start Overview. Build servers. Copying Solaris to disk. Creating rules and profiles for automatic build. Booting and building from the network interactively and automatically. Includes a full practical automatic build.
  • Flash Installs
    Overview. Creating a Flash archive. Modifyt the JumpStart files to use a flash archive for installation. Modifying flash installs. Performing a flash install.
  • Kernel Configuration Parameters
    What parameters are available to configure. Examining current kernel parameters Enforce new values. Using utilities such as vmstat, sar, etc to monitor and analyse system activity.
Hardware and Software Requirements
A machine running Solaris 10 for each student. SPARC hardware is preferable to PC hardware. Machines must be networked, and one or more intranet servers (SPARC or PC) also running Solaris 10 are also required for shared use by the students.

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