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Course Name:  Solaris 8 System Administration II          

Length: 4 1/2  days

Prerequisite:  Solaris 8 System Administration I

Course Description:
This course teaches advanced topics in Solaris system administration.  The operating system  will be Solaris 8 (SunOS 5.8)- Sun's implementation of SystemV release4 (SVR4).  The course is taught on a Sun UltraSparc workstation. The objective is to prepare the student for the Certified Solaris 8 System Administrator Examination – Part 2 (310-012). 

Note: This course is also available for Solaris 9, 7, and 2.6

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Introducing the client server relationship
• Install and configure a Solaris server
• The Solaris network environment
• Setup event logging and use auditing utilities
• Install and manage serial devices such as modems and terminals
• Support the installation of devices using Service Access Facility
• Administer disks and file systems
• Pseudo file systems and swap space
• Configure files and use commands to control and monitor hosts in a networked environment
• Configure and use NFS
• Configure and use AutoFS
• Set up and configure CacheFS file systems
• Configure WebNFS
• Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
• Solaris Management Console and Solaris AdminSuite
• Describe the Solaris naming services: DNS, NIS, NIS+, and LDAP
• Configure and administer the NIS environment
• Add network clients and AutoClient support to a server
• Use JumpStart to automate Solaris installations
• Tools to monitor system and network performance
• Configure syslog
• Administration and Configuration of the CDE

Detailed Course Outline:

Introducing the Client-Server Relationship
• Describe the client-server computing model within the Solaris 8 Operating Environment
• Describe network capabilities

Introducing the Solaris Network Environment
• Describe the function of the network models
• Define the layers of the network models
• Compare and contrast the seven-layer International Organization for Standards/Open System Interconnect (ISO/OSI) model to the five-layer Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) model
• Identify which protocols fit at each layer, and briefly define the protocols
• Use block diagrams to depict encapsulation and de-encapsulation
• Demonstrate knowledge of how host names, IP addresses, and media access control (MAC) addresses are interrelated
• List the current system configuration using the ifconfig -a command
• Monitor for network activity using the netstat -i command and the snoop -a command

• Define the function of the syslogd daemon
• Configure the /etc/syslog.conf file to define where to log events
• Extract information from the /etc/syslog.conf file to identify the facility and level of events that are logged by the system
• Modify the configuration file to reroute logs to an alternate location
• Parse messages to syslog

Introducing Disk Management
• List the three utilities used to create, check, and mount file systems
• Identify the physical path name differences between physical disks and virtual disks
• List the potential advantages of any virtual disk management application
• List the basic difference between Solstice DiskSuite and Sun StorEdge Volume Manager
• List the main advantages of using a concatenated virtual file system
• List the main advantage of using a striped virtual file system
• Install and configure the Solstice DiskSuite applications

Solaris Pseudo File Systems and Swap Space
• List Solaris random access memory (RAM) -based file systems
• Create and add a swap file to the swap space
• Remove a swap file

• Describe the functions of an NFS server and an NFS client
• List the three conditions that must be met before sharing files in the NFS environment
• Make resources available and unavailable for mounting
• Provide read and write Internet access to an NFS resource through a Web browser
• Enable the sharing of resources by editing the /etc/dfs/dfstab file on an NFS server
• Display server resources that are available for mounting
• Mount a resource from another system
• Use the /etc/vfstab file to mount resources on an NFS client
• Describe the function of these commands: mountall, umountall, shareall, and unshareall

• Describe three benefits of using the automount command
• Describe the purpose of each automount map type
• Set up automount to read a direct map
• Describe when the automountd daemon should be restarted

CacheFS File Systems
• Describe the native characteristics of the CacheFS file system
• Collect CacheFS file system statistics
• Perform CacheFS file system consistency checks
• Configure CacheFS file system logging

Solaris Management Console
• List the capabilities of the Solaris Management Console
• Use the Solaris Management Console Editor to modify server toolboxes
• Add legacy applications, such as command-line interfaces, X applications, and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to the Solaris Management Console using the Solaris Management Console Editor
• Demonstrate the use of the Solaris management applications using the Solaris Management Console

Role-Based Access Control
• Build an association between users and roles with authorizations and execution profiles
• Define authorizations and their attributes
• List a profile's assigned authorizations
• Define the privileged operations that are assigned to a profile
• Identify help files that are associated with profiles and authorizations
• Configure a user's execution profile to allow access to a specified subset of system administrator privileges

Naming Services Overview
• Explain the name service concept
• List the name services available
• Describe the DNS
• Describe NIS service
• Describe the function of NIS+
• List the table objectives of a NIS+ domain
• Differentiate between directory services and name services
• Explain the name service switch process and state which configuration is appropriate for a given network scenario

Network Information System
• Describe the NIS components, master server, slave server, and client
• Match selected NIS processes to their respective yp daemons
• Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the make utility and makefile
• Configure a NIS master, slave, and client
• Access and test the NIS service
• Add custom maps to the existing NIS configuration
• Demonstrate adding and removing slave servers
• Delineate the steps required to change the NIS master
• Move source files from /etc to /etc/nis

JumpStart Automatic Installation
• Describe the features of JumpStart
• List the main components for setting up a network to use automatic installation
• Set up the network to automatically provide the information necessary to configure a system
• Create an install server on the network
• Create a boot server on a subnet
• Create a configuration directory with a customized rules file and class files
• Add install clients to install servers and boot servers
• Boot install clients

Monitoring and Tuning System and Network Performance
• Concepts in performance monitoring
• Tools to monitor your system’sperformance
• Tuning the kernel

Overview of the Solaris Certification Process.  The instructor will describe the certification process, exams, and tips to help you become certified.