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Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration hands on training, key fundamentals for those who are new to Solaris 11 Systems.


Learning Objectives

Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration course is a five day course providing hands on practical training for delegates wanting to learn the core skills and those working towards Oracle Solaris 11 Systems Administration certification (exam 1Z0-821).

Our Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration course uses version Solaris 11 (SunOS 5.11) and is run using SPARC systems.


Knowledge of Solaris
Previous administration experience is helpful. 

Course Content

Oracle Solaris 11 Systems Administration Course Contents 


  • Preparation for the Installation.
  • Performing and Installation interactively.
  • Post-install verification.
  • Using Interactive Installer

    Managing Software, and Updating Solaris 11 Using IPS

    • Repositories.
    • Package searching and listing facilities.
    • Installing packages and package groups.
    • Verifying the installation of packages
    • Uninstalling packages.
    • Package Manager GUI.

    System Startup and shutdown, and managing system services with SMF

    • Managing and monitoring 
    • Integrating new services with an XML manifest and control script.
    • System boot procedures, including boot troubleshooting.
    • Shutdown procedures.

    Configuration of ZFS Storage Pools

    • Creating a ZFS Storage Pool from raw disk devices.
    • Includes linear, raid 1 mirrors and raid Z devices.
    • Adding capacity to a pool, and replacing faulty components; how to use hot spares.
    • Displaying Pool status, and managing pool properties.
    • Pool performance.
    • Destroying a pool.

    ZFS Datasets (File Systems)

    • Creating and destroying datasets.
    • Displaying and changing 
    • Displaying dataset status and information.
    • Mounting and datasets.

    Using ZFS Snapshots and Clones

    • Taking a snapshot of a dataset, including recursive snapshots.
    • Renaming snapshots, including recursively.
    • Destroy a snapshot, including recursive snapshots; roll back to a snapshot.
    • Displaying snapshot information, such as space usage.
    • Creating a clone (a writeable fork of a snapshot); promoting a clone.
    • Destroying a clone.

    Configuring and Managing Zones

    • Define the configuration and verify.
    • Install 
    • Access 
    • Zone control
    • Displaying and interpreting zone configurations.
    • Monitoring zones.
    • Zone resource controls.

    Configuring a Physical Network devices.

    • Display datalinks with dladm.
    • Network profiles (dynamic and static).
    • Overview of NWAM (NetWork Auto Magic).
    • Configuring a network interface with ipadm.
    • Managing a network interface.
    • IPMP overview.
    • Validate network functionality.

    User Account management

    • User and group concepts.
    • Adding and removing users and groups.
    • Managing users and groups.
    • Password management, including aging.
    • Configuring the user environment (shell profiles)
    • Implementing disk quotas under ZFS datasets (Both ZFS and User quotas are available)

    Managing Access to the system and directory structure

    • Login and password security fundamentals.
    • Replacing the Password encryption processes.
    • Testing and verifying secure access controls.

    Controlling Access to Files and directories

    • Protecting Files with Basic Permissions using chmod and chown.
    • Identifying  and guarding against commands with a potential security risk.
    • Using simple ACL's (Access Control Lists).

    Remote access using Secure Shell

    • Secure shell commands (ssh, scp and sftp)
    • The sshd daemon; configure, enable and disable.
    • Configuring the client side.

    Control and Manage System Processes

    • Display system processes with ps and top, etc.
    • Manage system processes.
    • Kill a process.

    Managing the crontab system

    • Create modify crontab jobs for repetitive tasks.
    • Restricting access to crontab
    • Using at for one-off jobs.

    System Logs, Kernel Crash and Process Core Dump Files

    • System log processes and management.
    • Managing kernel crash dumps.
    • Managing process core dumps.


    • Troubleshooting scenarios, hints and tips, etc. are an inherent part of the course.
    • Typical scenarios include boot problems, permissions issues, user mis-configuration, software update problems, network connectivity, and many others.
    • These issues are not tackled separately, but as part of the main course content, and in the context of real practical examples.

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