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  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-57870-259-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57870-259-6

This title offers the perfect self-study tool to allow you to prepare confidently at your own pace, in your own time. Comprehensive and focused on teaching what you need to understand --- not just facts you need to know - this book is the most complete test preparation tool available on the market. Structured according to the exam objectives, Solaris 8 Training Guide (310-11 and 310-012): System Administrator Certification prepares you by concentrating on subjects such as:

  • System startup and customization
  • User security
  • Software administration
  • Writing scripts
  • Networking



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Table of Contents


How This Book Helps You. Conventions Used in This Book. Audience. The Sun Certified System Administrator Exams. Exam 310-011. Exam 310-012. What's New in Solaris 8.


1. System Startup and Shutdown.

Introduction. Booting the System. Using the Run Control Scripts to Stop or Start Services. System Shutdown.

2. OpenBoot.

Introduction. OpenBoot Environment. OpenBoot Architecture. OpenBoot Interface. Getting Help in OpenBoot. PROM Full Device Names. OpenBoot Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM). OpenBoot Security. OpenBoot Diagnostics. boot. Kernel.

3. Installing the Solaris 8 Software.

Introduction. Requirements and Preparation for Installing the Solaris 8 Software. Software Terminology. Disk Storage Systems. Device Drivers. Methods of Installing the Solaris 8 Software. The Solaris Installation Process.

4. Software Package Administration.

Introduction. Tools for Managing Software. Adding and Removing Software Packages. Using a Spool Directory. Solaris Product Registry. Listing and Verifying Installed Packages. Software Patches. General Guidelines.

5. Setting Up User Accounts.

Introduction. Adding a User Account with Admintool. Deleting a User Account with Admintool. Modifying a User Account with Admintool. Adding a Group with Admintool. Managing User and Group Accounts from the Command Line. Setting Up User Initialization Files. Customizing User Initialization Files. The Home Directory. Name Services.

6. Introduction to File Systems.

Introduction. A File System Defined. Defining a Disk's Geometry. Solaris File System Types. Disk Slices. Parts of a UFS File System. Creating a UFS File System. Understanding Custom File System Parameters. File System Operations.

7. Solaris File Systems: Advanced Topics.

Introduction. Constructing a File System. Tuning File Systems. Large Versus Small Files. Mounting a File System. Unmounting a File System. Volume Manager. Information on File Systems.

8. System Security.

Introduction. Physical Security. Controlling System Access. Controlling File Access. Auditing Users. Network Security. Securing Superuser Access. Automated Security Enhancement Tool (ASET). Common-Sense Security Techniques.

9. Process Control.

Introduction. Viewing a Process. Using Signals. Scheduling Processes. Scheduling Priorities. Using the Solaris Batch-Processing Facility. Syslog. Other Important Files Where Information Is Logged.

10. The LP Print Service.

Introduction. The Solaris Print Service. Setting Up the Hardware. Setting Up the Software. Administering Printers.

11. Backup and Recovery.

Introduction. Backup Media. Solaris Backup and Restoration Utilities.

12. Writing Shell Scripts and Programs.

Introduction. Shell Script Basics. Selecting a Shell to Use. Bourne Shell Variables. Built-Ins. Shell Conditionals. Repeated-Action Commands. Shell Functions.


13. The Solaris Network Environment.

Introduction. Network Fundamentals. Planning the Network. Setting Up the Network. IP Addressing (IPv4). Network Services. Name Service. TCP/IP Commands. Network Maintenance.

14. Solaris Pseudo File Systems and Swap Space.

Introduction. Process File System (procfs). Temporary File System (TMPFS).

15. Installing a Server.

Introduction. The Server. Installing Solaris 8 on the Server. Installing Software Using the Interactive Installation Program.

16. Device Administration and Disk Management.

Introduction. Device Drivers. Physical Device Name. Device Auto-Configuration. Instance Name. Major and Minor Device Numbers. Logical Device Name. Virtual Volume Management. StorEdge Volume Manager.

17. The NFS Environment.

Introduction. Servers and Clients. NFS on Solaris. Mounting a Remote File System. WebNFS. CacheFS. Autofs. When to Use Automount.

18. Name Services.

Introduction. Name Services Overview. /etc Files. NIS. Planning Your NIS Domain. NIS+. DES Authentication. DNS. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

19. Solaris Management Console and Solaris AdminSuite.

Introduction. Solaris Management Console. Solaris AdminSuite.

20. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC).

Introduction. Using RBAC. RBAC Components.

21. JumpStart.

Introduction. Overview. Preparing for a Custom JumpStart Installation. What Happens During a Custom JumpStart Installation? The Rules File. Creating Class Files. Testing Class files. sysidcfg file. Name Service, Domain Name, and Name Server Keywords. Setting Up JumpStart in a Name Service Environment. Setting Up Clients. A Sample JumpStart Installation.


Fast Facts.

System Startup. Commands to Shut Down the System. OpenBoot. Installing the Solaris 8 Software. Software Package Administration. Setting Up User Accounts. Introduction to File Systems. Solaris File Systems: Advanced Topics. System Security. Process Control. Scheduling a Single System Event (at). The LP Print Service. Backup and Recovery. Writing Shell Scripts and Programs. Class Networks. Solaris Pseudo File Systems and Swap Space. Installing a Server. Device Administration and Disk Management. The NFS Environment. Name Services. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). JumpStart. Learning as a Process.

Study and Exam Prep Tips.

Learning as a Process. Study Tips. Exam Prep Tips.

Practice Exam.

Practice Exam Questions. Practice Exam Answers.


A. Web Start.

Minimum System Requirements for Solaris Web Start. Summary.

B. Administration and Configuration of the CDE.

The Login Manager. The Session Manager. The Front Panel. Actions and Data Types. The Application Manager. The dtksh Shell. Summary.

C. The History of Solaris.

How It All Began. 1965-1969. 1970-1972. 1973-1979. 1982-1983. 1984-1987. 1988-1992. 1993. 2001 and Beyond. Milestones in the Development of Solaris.

D. Overview of the Certification Process.

Description of the Path to Certification. About the Solaris 8 Certification Program.

E. What's on the CD-ROM.

ExamGear. Exclusive Electronic Version of Text. Copyright Information and Disclaimer.

F. Using the ExamGear, Training Guide Edition Software.

Exam Simulation. Study Tools. How ExamGear, Training Guide Edition Works. Installing and Registering ExamGear, Training Guide Edition. Using ExamGear, Training Guide Edition. Checking the Web Site. Obtaining Updates. Contacting New Riders Publishing. License Agreement. License. Software and Documentation. License Term and Charges. Title. Updates. Limited Warranty and Disclaimer. Limitation of Liability. Miscellaneous. U.S. Government Restricted Rights.


Updates & Corrections

You might have noticed we mistakenly failed to include the Part II questions on the PrepLogic CD that was enclosed with your book. We apologize for any inconvenience we might have caused, and we've provided a quick, easy solution: Please visit www.preplogic.com, and at the bottom-right of the home page, you'll find the link to an automatic update to your PrepLogic CD. This will provide you with the Part II practice exam questions.


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