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Advanced Solaris Systems Administration
(Network management/setup, security issues, performance)
Solaris Training Overview

This course will teach the commands and methods needed to setup and manage advanced features in a Solaris system. The course will also use a problem solving approach in the lab exercises to teach system managers the proper application of advanced features.

Systems: Sun Solaris versions 8,9,10, running on Intel or x86/x64 platforms

Solaris Training Prerequisites

It is assumed that the participant has successfully completed the Fundamentals of Solaris, and the Solaris Systems Administration course or equivalent system time as a user.

Solaris Training Course duration

This course normally requires four (4) days, approximately 50% lecture, and 50% lab time.

Solaris Training Course Objectives

On completion of this course, a systems administrator should be able to implement security features for the system and it's users; enable communications via networks; define name service capabilities; and use advanced options and setups for system users.

Solaris Training Course outline

Networking Management

Review of System Concepts for Systems Administrators

        Process concepts
        Shell command usage and review

Advanced Network Features

         Review of network basic setup
        Subnet addressing
        Using arp (address resolution protocol)
        Network statistics
        Controlling the inetd process via inetadm/svcadm
        Miscellaneous network commands/tools

File Transfer Capabilities

        The ftp utility
                setup
                file capabilities
                additional features
        ftpd controls via ftpaccess and other files

Network File System (NFS) Features

        Review of basic NFS setup
        Advanced capabilities of server setup
        Advanced capabilities in client setup
        Setting up the automounter

Name Services

        Capabilities of DNS
        BIND configurations
        Configuring the resolver
        Configuring the named process
        Cache initialization
        Using nslookup to obtain information

Miscellaneous network capabilities

         Setting up network printer(s) (queues)
        Backups across a network

Security Issues

Advanced Security Concepts for System Administrators

        Overview of issues related to Solaris / Unix security
        System administrator functions related to security

System Security Features Updating

        Security levels in a Solaris / Unix system

Managing of System Users

        Using the root account securely
                sudo
                menus
                RBAC (role based access control)
        Password issues
                changing
                encryption
                aging,expirations,history, dictionaries
                shadow files
        Privileges
        Groups

File System Security

        File permissions review
        Special permissions: SUID,SGID,Sticky Bits
        Device files
        Using chown and chgrp
        Enabling and using ACLs

Using Unix Log Files

        Users
                lastlog
                utmp
                wtmp
                acct
                syslog
        System
                sulog/messages
                using and controlling kernel auditing
                ASET / BART

Network Security

        Proper maintenance of the /etc/hosts file
        Using the "r" commands
        The restricted shell
        NFS security implications
        controlling sshd




 
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