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Transitioning to Oracle Solaris 11.1
Solaris Training Overview

This course presents to an Oracle Solaris 10 user, systems administrator, and application/system programmer, the techniques needed to effectively and successfully move to Oracle Solaris 11.1

Solaris Training Course Objectives

Each participant will see and use the new and modified areas and features of Oracle Solaris 11.1 Hands-on usage and lab exercises will be performed with Solaris 11.1 virtual machines (for each participant), along with one (1) IPS repository server setup in the classroom.

The overall emphasis will be to build on a Solaris 10 knowledge base, showing all of the important and useful features and capabilities that are needed for the best effective use of Solaris 11.1

Solaris Training Prerequisites

It is assumed that the participant has experience with Solaris 10 in the capacity of a (general) user, programmer, system adminitrator, network analyst/administrator, or performance management specialist.

Solaris Training Course duration

This course requires four (4) or five (5) days, 50% lecture and hands-on commands, and 50% lab exercises.

Solaris Training Topics

User- and Programmer- Level New Features and Changes
  • removed and deprecated utilities
  • new and improved (system) utilities
  • shells (bash and Korn)
    • change in default shell
    • change in root account environment
    • comparison of bash and ksh scripting features
Installing and Upgrading Solaris 11.1
  • changes to the Solaris installation media
  • methods of starting a Solaris 11.1 installation
    • text and automated installer (AI)
    • JumpStart migration
  • post installation operations
  • creating a customized AI server
  • creating custom installation media (Distribution Constructor)
Software Packaging and Installation
  • Image Packaging System (IPS)
  • IPS repositories and operations
  • compatibility with the pkg* utilities
Boot and Startup Mechanisms
  • changes in Solaris 11.1 startup
  • new areas controlled by SMF
    • building a customized manifest
    • interacting with startd and configd
  • new GRUB loader features (bootadm enhancements)
Zones
  • new features and enhancements
    • Solaris 11.1 implementation
      • creation and usage of control daemons
    • mirrored storage pools
    • migration of Solaris 10 zones (P2V or V2V)
    • virtual networking capabilities
      • creating a VNIC
      • connecting a zone with a VNIC
    • package management
    • patch control, addition, removal
    • Solaris 11.1 update considerations with active zones
    • renaming, moving, cloning, migrating zones
Zone I/O Performance Management
  • daemon control
  • zpool creation considerations
    • SMF service(s) (overhead)
      • disabling unnecessary services
Networking
  • new utilities and enhancements
    • Auto-magic (NWAM)
    • network configuration profiles and locations
    • creating and using flows
    • IPMP
User Account Security
  • new and improved features
    • password hashing algorithms
    • data encryption
General Utilities
  • User and Programmer
    • replacement of vi with vim
    • vim setup and initialization
    • old and new style general utilities
  • Systems Administrator
    • removal of Bourne shell
    • new /root home directory
Storage
  • ZFS new and enhanced storage features
    • deduplication
    • snapshots
    • zpool (mirror) split
  • UFS changes
  • COMSTAR
ZFS I/O Performance Management
  • zpool creation considerations
  • ZFS file system parameters
  • ZFS compression performance
  • controlling the ZFS ARC and L2ARC
  • using the zdb utility
Security Features in Solaris 11.1
  • BART
  • configuring and using targeted auditing
  • file and Directory ACLs
  • role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Principle of Least Privilege (PLP)
  • assigning privileges to users and programs
Solaris 11.1 Performance Monitoring Capabilities
  • kstat (command, modules, libraries)
  • dtrace (introduction to usage)
  • kernel tunables (viewing, changing)


 
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