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Solaris Guide for Windows NT Administrators


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  • Copyright 2000
  • Dimensions: 7 X 9-1/4
  • Pages: 147
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-025854-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-025854-0


Solaris Guide for Windows NT Administrators provides a way for experienced Windows NT administrators to leverage their networking expertise to quickly get up to speed on Solaris administration. All important aspects of Windows NT and Solaris integration are covered including file, print, email, and web sevices.

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Understanding Solaris User Account Management

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

Sun BluePrints Program. Target Audience. Scope. Typographic Conventions. Shell Prompts. Operating System Versions.

2. Understanding Solaris User Account Management.

Evolution of Network Operating Systems. File System Access Rights. Windows NT and Solaris NIS Domains. Special User Accounts. User Account Information. Login Process. User Account Management.

3. Service and Task Management.

Services. Tasks. System Error Messages. Service Troubleshooting Tips.

4. TCP/IP Administration.

Ethernet—LAN Hardware. Installing and Configuring NIC Drivers. Configuring the TCP/IP Stack. DNS Servers. Multihomed Systems. TCP/IP Services. Network Monitoring Tools. TCP/IP Tuning Tips. TCP/IP Troubleshooting Tips.

5. File Sharing Administration.

SMB File Sharing on Windows NT Systems. SMB File Sharing on Solaris Systems. Solaris TAS Troubleshooting Tips. NFS File Sharing on Solaris Systems. NFS File Sharing on Windows NT Systems. NFS Troubleshooting Tips.

6. Printer Administration.

TCP/IP Printing. SMB Printing. Administering Printing on Solaris Servers. Printer Troubleshooting Tips.

7. Email Administration.

Email Protocols. SMTP on Solaris Systems. SMTP on Windows NT. POP3/IMAP4 Servers on Solaris. POP3 and IMAP4 for Windows NT Servers. POP3 or IMAP4 Solaris Clients. POP3 or IMAP4 for Windows NT Clients. Providing Email Access from a Web Browser. Email Troubleshooting Tips.

8. Web Services Administration.

Solaris Web Servers. Configuring Sun WebServer. Apache Web Server for Solaris Software. Web Content Development and Management Tools. Web Browsers. Web Server Troubleshooting Tips.



Just a few years ago, personal computers (PCs) were networked together in their own little islands using network services such as NetWare and LAN Manager to share printers and files. As these islands grew in size, administrators were appointed to take care of them. At the time, these administrators only needed to be concerned with the PC network protocols being used within their departments.

With the introduction of Windows NT, a new class of PC servers began to emerge. Instead of just providing file and print services, other services such as email and database applications were provided on PC servers running the Windows NT operating system. PC servers were no longer separate islands and began making their way into the data center.

UNIX servers, on the other hand, grew up in the data center as many mainframe functions were offloaded to UNIX servers. These UNIX servers were administered by trained UNIX administrators, who had little contact with PC server administrators.

The arrival of PC servers in the data center heralded the arrival of the PC server administrators. Since maintaining two different system administration organizations is expensive, the trend in IT departments is to cross-train the staff. This may seem like a formidable task. However, with a little guidance, experienced PC server administrators can leverage what they know about Windows NT.Sun BluePrints Program

The mission of the Sun BluePrints? Program is to empower Sun customers with the technical knowledge required to implement reliable, available, extensible, and secure information systems within the data center using Sun products. The Sun BluePrints Program is managed by the Enterprise Engineering Group. This group provides a framework to identify, develop, and distribute best practices information that applies across the Sun product line. Technical subject matter experts in various areas contribute to the program and focus on the scope and usefulness of the information.

The Enterprise Engineering Group is the primary provider of the technical content of the Sun BluePrints Program that includes books, guides, and online articles. Through these vehicles, Sun can provide guidance, installation and implementation experiences, real-life scenarios, and late-breaking technical information.

The bimonthly electronic magazine, Sun BluePrints OnLine, is located on the Web at http://www.sun.com/blueprints. To be notified about updates to the Sun BluePrints Program, please register yourself on this site. Target Audience

This book is aimed at the experienced Windows NT LAN administrator who must support the interoperability between servers running the Solaris? operating environment and those running Windows NT. The assumption is that you have a working knowledge of LAN concepts.


This document covers the following topics:

  • User account management
  • Solaris service and task management
  • TCP/IP networking
  • File services
  • Print services
  • Email services
  • Web services

These topics are not covered in great detail, but instead, tips for installation and configuration are presented along with some helpful troubleshooting tips.

Typographic Conventions
Table 1-1  Typographic Conventions
Typeface Meaning Examples
AaBbCc123 The names of commands, files, and directories; on-screen computer output Edit your .login file.
Use ls -a to list all files.
% You have mail.
AaBbCc123 What you type, when contrasted with on-screen computer output % su
AaBbCc123 Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasizedRead Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.
These are called class options.
You must be superuser to do this.
Command-line variable; replace with a real name or value To delete a file, type rm filename.
Shell Prompts
TABLE 1-2  Shell Prompts
Shell Prompt
C shell machine_name%
C shell superuser machine_name#
Bourne shell and Korn shell $
Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser #
Windows NT commands in a DOS window C:\>
Operating System Versions

Except where noted, Windows NT Server 4.0, Service Pack 3, and the Solaris 2.6 are the referenced operating systems.


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