Solaris 11 Advanced Administration

Course:  S11ADM2
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

This 5-day advanced course follows on from the Solaris 11 System Administration course, and covers advanced areas of administration such as Zones, automated installs, virtual networks, IP multipathing, role-based access control, system backup and restore, advanced ZFS topics and more.

This course provides training to a level needed for the Oracle Certified Professional Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam 1Z0-822

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Topics Covered In This Course

Managing the Image Packaging System (IPS) repositories and publishers

  • Configure local IPS release and support (Oracle Solaris updates) repositories.
  • Access and install Oracle key and certificate files to authorise support repository downloads.
  • Configure client access to the local IPS server repositories.
  • Signed packages and other package properties.
  • Administering IPS package publishers.
  • Managing multiple Boot Environments (BE), with facilities in the pkg and beadm commands.

Automating Solaris 11 installation of multiple systems

  • Automated Installation of Solaris 11 using the Automated Installer (AI) on SPARC and Intel systems.
  • Creating AI manifests and packages, plus client configuration profiles.
  • Building a custom Solaris image using the distribution constructor.

Configuring ZFS for Business Application Data

  • Configuring data redundancy with mirrored and RAIDz Storage Pools.
  • Backup and restore with ZFS snapshots, send and receive, including full OS backup and restore.
  • Advanced ZFS dataset properties.
  • ZFS failure and recovery scenarios.
  • Sharing data with NFS (Network File System), including server and client configuration.
  • Configuring basic CIFS (Common Internet File System, a.k.a. SMB) shares.
  • Introduction to the CIFS client-side in Solaris 11.

Configuring Networks and Implementing Network Failover

  • Local network configuration; static and dynamic network profiles.
  • Using NetWork Auto-Magic (NWAM) for automatic network configuration.
  • Using link aggregations for failover and extra bandwidth.
  • Implementing network link failover using IPMP (Internet Protocol Multi-Pathing).
  • Creating, configuring and monitoring an IPMP Group.
  • Testing failover.

Configuring Virtual Networks, including Zones.

  • Creating and configuring a virtual network interfaces (VNICs).
  • Configuring VNICs in zones.
  • Resources configuration in a zone.
  • Managing VNIC resources.

Managing Systems Services and Service Properties in the SMF (Service Management facility)

  • Creating and configuring SMF services.
  • SMF properties and how to use them.
  • Troubleshooting and recovering failed SMF services.

Configuring Privileges and Role-Based Access Control, and the sudo command

  • Configuring and Using RBAC (Role Based Access Control).
  • Assign rights profiles and Authorisations to users.
  • Configure new rights profiles.
  • Create Administrative Roles, and assign rights.
  • Understand and configure privileges; identify privilege aware commands.
  • Assign privileges to users and roles.
  • Configure and use the sudo command.

Using Solaris Auditing to monitor and record user actions.

  • Implementing, configuring and enabling auditing.
  • Using and understanding audit data generated by the audit system.

Managing Processes and Scheduling Priorities

  • Overview of process scheduling features.
  • Configuring process scheduling priority.
  • Enabling the Fair Share Scheduler (FSS).
  • Configure the scheduling class of a zone.

Basic System Resource controls

  • System Resource principles.
  • Monitoring System Performance.
  • Examples of system resource control commands.
  • Project creation and project parameters.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Process and System Failures

Configuring system messaging (syslog).

  • Managing log rotation tasks.
  • Controlling process and system crash dumps, i.e. core files and kernel panic dumps.
What You Can Expect
  • Configure and manage local IPS release and support repositories.
  • Manage boot environments with beadm and package commands.
  • Automate Solaris 11 operating system installs using the Automated Installer, including conversion of Solaris 10 Jumpstart rules and profiles.
  • Manage application data storage using ZFS dataset properties, including restores and system recovery.
  • Configure and manage virtual networks in Solaris 11, with resource controls.
  • Perform advanced Configuration of zones, including resource controls and virtual networks.
  • Configure new SMF services.
  • Understand and configure privileges; identify privilege aware commands.
  • Implement Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) with Profiles, authorisations and privileges.
  • Ensure security of system resources with auditing facilities.
  • Monitor and manage systems processes and priorities.
  • Control system resource configuration, and performance monitoring.
  • Control system messaging and log rotation.
  • Configure process and system crash and dump facilities.
Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge of Solaris administration up to a level taught in our Solaris 11 Administration course is important, and some previous administration experience is helpful.

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