Solaris 10 System Administration

5 days


is a Unix operating system originally developed by Sun Micro-systems.

Course Description:

Students are prepared to install and maintain a local-area network of Sun workstations running the Solaris operating system. Students learn how to install software for a server, how to add devices, how to configure the client server environment, how to add terminals, and how to configure name services.

Who Should Attend:

Unix Solaris Administration course is for those Solaris users who are tasked with System Administration responsibilities or anybody who wishes to gain an in depth practical knowledge of Solaris System Administration.

Benefits of Attendance:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Custom install a Solaris server.
  • Use the Solaris device naming conventions.
  • Use the format utility to display partition information.
  • Administer the contract file system.
  • Add startup files for customized services.
  • Install and remove software packages.
  • Add peripheral devices, such as printers.
  • Administer disks and file systems.
  • Configure the NFS.
  • Use the automounter.
  • Add and remove JumpStart clients.
  • Backup and restore file systems.
  • Perform basic recovery and troubleshooting procedures.
  • Configure and administer the LDAP service.


Students should be able to use the desktop, edit files with either vi or another text editor, use fundamental UNIX commands.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to UNIX
  1. The history of UNIX
  2. Kernel
  3. Shell
  4. File System
  5. The network
  6. Distributed processing
  • Client/Server Model
  1. Time sharing vs. Central vs. Distributed
  2. Configurations
  • Installing the Operating System
  1. Introduction
  2. Client/Server relationship
  3. Solaris Installation Options
  4. Hardware Requirements
  5. Installation
  6. Booting with the DVD
  7. Configuring the workstation
  8. File Systems
  9. The final states
  10. The root password
  • The Boot Process
  1. SPARC bootstrap procedure
  2. /sbin/init Process
  • The Contract Filesystem
  1. shutdown command
  2. init command
  3. halt command
  4. reboot command
  • Reconfiguring the Kernel
  1. The kernel
  2. /kernel directory
  3. /platform directory
  4. /usr/kernel directory
  5. /etc/system file
  6. Kernel parameters
  • Device Configuration and Naming
  1. About device drivers
  2. physical device names
  3. logical device names
  4. instance device names
  5. dmesg command
  6. format command
  7. prtconf command
  • Configuring a Local File System
  1. Disk terminology
  2. Disk slices
  3. format Utility
  4. partition menu
  5. Viewing the VTOC
  6. mounting a file system
  • Configuring a Network File System
  1. About NFS
  2. NFS Server tasks
  3. sharing and unsharing the file system
  4. NFS Server daemons
  5. NFS Client tasks
  6. mounting and unmounting
  7. NFS Client daemons
  • Configuring the Automounter
  1. The Automounter
  2. The automount command
  3. The autofs filesystem
  4. The automountd daemon
  5. Master map
  6. Direct map
  7. Indirect map
  • Volume Manager
  1. Volume management
  2. Access to diskettes
  3. Access to DVDs and CDs
  4. The vold daemon
  5. The /etc/vold.conf file
  • Backup and Recovery
  1. Backups
  2. The ufsdump command
  3. Incremental backups
  4. The ufsrestore command
  5. Other archiving commands
  • Software Administration
  1. Software administration
  2. How is a package added?
  3. Verification of a package
  4. How to remove a package
  • Device Administration
  1. Peripherals
  2. Adding a new device
  3. Setting up terminals
  4. Setting up terminals with Solstice AdminSuite
  5. The sacadm command
  6. The ttyadm command
  7. The pmadm command
  • User Administration
  1. Structure of a user account
  2. Where user accounts live
  3. Managing user and group accounts with the shell command line
  4. Managing user and group accounts With the SMC CGI
  5. Shell initialization files
  • Security
  1. Common sense rules to security
  2. Restricted shells
  3. User status
  4. Restricted root access
  5. The /etc/default/su file
  6. Automated Security Enhancement Tool
  7. ASET security
  8. ASET tasks
  9. ASET reports
  10. ASET master files
  11. The aset command
  • Name Services
  1. The Domain Name Service
  2. What is the Network Information Service?
  3. NIS maps
  4. What is NIS?
  • Setting up NIS
  1. Setting up the NIS root master
  2. Setting up a NIS client
  3. Setting up an LDAP client