Solaris[tm] 8 System Administration II

( SA-288 ) Instructor-led Training

     Course Description Back To Top

The Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment System Administrator II course provides students with the skills necessary to administer Sun systems running Solaris 8 in a network environment. Students will be taught how to maintain Sun systems, configure and troubleshoot the Network File System (NFS), and configure the Network Information Service (NIS) environment.


     Who Can Benefit Back To Top

Technical and application support staff responsible for administering a network server running the Solaris Operating Environment.

     Prerequisites Back To Top

To succeed fully in this course, students should be able to:

  • Install the Solaris Operating Environment on a stand-alone system including update patches
  • Understand and perform booting and shutdown procedures and options.
  • Log into a UNIX® system and change passwords, add users, and set up file permissions
  • Make directories, setup partitions, and manage files
  • Use the Solaris device naming conventions to configure and name devices

         Skills Gained Back To Top

    Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Install and configure a Solaris server
  • Set up event logging
  • Redirect all core dumps to a single core dump directory
  • Administer disks using a volume management utility
  • Identify and describe the files and commands used to control and monitor access to various machines in a network environment
  • Configure NFS to support the client-server environment
  • Use the automounter
  • Set up and configure CasheFS file systems
  • Describe the various naming services: DNS, NIS, and NIS+
  • Configure and administer the NIS environment
  • Use Solstice AdminSuite[tm] to perform user, group, and serial port management duties
  • Use JumpStart[tm] to automate Solaris installation

         Related Courses Back To Top

  • Before: SA-238: Solaris 8 Operating Environment System Administration I
  • Before: SA-245: Shell Programming for System Administrators
  • After: SA-389: Solaris 8 TCP/IP Network Administration
  • After: SA-400: Solaris System Performance Management

         Course Content Back To Top


    Module 1: The Solaris 8 Network Environment

  • Describe network capabilities

    Module 2: Network Models

  • Describe the function of the network models
  • Define the layers of the network models
  • Compare and contrast the seven-layer ISO/OSI model to the four-layer 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 hostnames, IP addresses, and 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.

    Module 3: Solaris syslog

  • 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 types of events, including facility and level the will be logged by the system
  • Modify the configuration file to re-route logs to an alternate location
  • Parse messages to syslog

    Module 4: Introduction to Virtual Disk Management

  • Identify the physical path name differences between standard Solaris file systems and virtual file systems
  • List the potential advantages of any virtual disk management application
  • List the basic difference between Solstice DiskSuite[tm] and Veritas Volume Manager
  • List the main advantages of using a concatenated virtual file system
  • List the main advantage of using a striped virtual file system
  • List the three utilities used to create, check, and mount file systems
  • Use Solstice DiskSuite[tm] to extend or concatenate a file system

    Module 5: Introduction to Swap Space and Pseudo File Systems

  • List Solaris RAM based file systems
  • Create and add a swap file to the swap space
  • Remove a swap file

    Module 6: Configuring the NFS Environment

  • 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

    Module 7: 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

    Module 8: Using Automount

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

    Module 9: Naming Services Overview

  • Explain the name service concept
  • List the name services available
  • Describe the domain name service (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

    Module 10: NIS Configuration

  • 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/removing slave servers
  • Delineated the steps required to change the NIS master
  • Move source files from /etc to /etc/nis

    Module 11: Solstice AdminSuite

  • List the capabilities of Solstice AdminSuite
  • Install Solstice AdminSuite software
  • Use the following AdminSuite tools: User Manager, Group Manager, and Serial Port Manager

    Module 12: JumpStart

  • 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

    Module 13: System Administration Workshop

  • Classroom lab which tests the skills learned in System Administration I & II (SA-238 and SA-288)


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