Solaris 11 Administration

Course:  S11ADM1
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This five-day course is designed to cover the essential administration tasks for those new to Solaris 11 systems administration. It covers all basic administration functions, with full hands-on experience at all stages.

This course provides training to a level needed for the Oracle Certified Associate Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam 1Z0-821.

For administrators requiring advanced skills, this course should be followed by the Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration course, which provides training to the level required for Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator exam 1Z0-822.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Solaris 11 Installation and Configuration

  • Install Solaris 11 Using the Interactive Installer
  • Preparation for the Installation.
  • Performing and Installation interactively.
  • Post-install verification.

Managing Software, and Updating Solaris 11 Using IPS

  • IPS Repositories.
  • Package searching and listing facilities.
  • Installing packages and package groups.
  • Verifying the installation of packages
  • Uninstalling packages.
  • Using the packagemanager GUI.
  • Keeping the system up-to-date (No more patches!)

System Startup and shutdown, and managing system services with SMF

  • Managing and monitoring system services with SMF
  • 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.
  • Monitoring pool performance.
  • Destroying a pool.

ZFS Datasets (a.k.a. File Systems)

  • Creating and destroying datasets.
  • Displaying and changing the many dataset properties, such as quotas, compression, etc.
  • 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 for a new zone, and verify.
  • Install a new zone.
  • Access the zone.
  • Zone control, such as startup and shutdown.
  • Displaying and interpreting zone configurations.
  • Monitoring zones.
  • Introduction to 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.
What You Can Expect
  • Control user access to Solaris 11 files and systems.
  • Control and monitor system processes.
  • Schedule system tasks using crontab.
  • Generally monitor and troubleshoot system events and performance.
  • Install Solaris 11 using the interactive installer.
  • Use IPS (Image Packaging System) to manage software packages and system updates.
  • Manage system startup and shutdown.
  • Manage system services with SMF (Service Management facility), and implement new services.
  • Start up and shut down a system.
  • Provide and manage data storage services using ZFS.
  • Configure, create and use basic Solaris zones (virtualisation).
  • Configure and manage physical network devices.
  • Manage user accounts.
Recommended Prerequisites

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

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