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Special Edition Using Solaris 9


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  • Copyright 2003
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 656
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2650-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2650-6

Special Edition Using Solaris 9 is intended to be a one-stop, in-depth reference guide to Solaris 9, a UNIX operating system by Sun Microsystems. It focuses on the reader gaining real-life exposure to the functions of the operating system. This book avoids jargon, and emphasizes brevity and clarity. It also covers key features of Solaris 9 such as NIS/NIS+, Solstice DiskSuie, Solstice AdminSuite, WebFS, JumpStart, and WebStart.

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Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)



1. Introducing Solaris 9.

Solaris—An Overview. What's New in Solaris 9? Solaris Architecture. SPARC Architecture.

2. The OpenBoot PROM.

OpenBoot Firmware—An Overview. Configuring NVRAM Parameters. Booting the System from OpenBoot. Interrupting Processing.

3. The Solaris Interactive Installation.

Solaris 9 Installation—An Overview. The Solaris WebStart Installation Method. JumpStart Installation. The Solaris SunInstall Installation. WebStart Flash Installation. Live Upgrade.

4. Installing Software Packages and Patches.

Packages in Solaris. Managing Packages. Patches—Fixing Bugs.

5. Booting and Shutting Down the System.

The Boot Process for a SPARC System. The Shutdown Process.


6. GUI in Solaris.

Introduction and Brief History of X Windows. Window Managers for Solaris. Common Desktop Environment. Configuring CDE. The Workspace Manager. GNOMEs. Universal Language Coverage.

7. The Shell Environment.

Understanding the Shell. Customizing the Shell Environment. Shell Variables and the Environment. Template Initialization Files. Aliases.


8. Understanding the Solaris File System.

An Overview of File Systems. Solaris File System Structure. Links. Solaris File Systems and Their Functions. Restricting the File Size and Disk Space Usage. Default File System for the Local and Remote Systems. Checking and Repairing File Systems. Monitoring Disk Usage. Other Solaris Commands Related to File Systems.

9. Network File System (NFS).

Overview of NFS. NFS Daemons. Mounting a File System. Automatic File-System Sharing. Securing the NFS System. Troubleshooting NFS. WebNFS Access

10. CacheFS.

Defining CacheFS. Using cfsadmin to Manage a Cached File System. Administering Cached File System Using cachefspack. Maintaining the Cache.


11. Managing Users and Groups.

Overview of the User Environment in Solaris. Managing Users. Managing Groups. Using SMC to Manage Users and Groups.

12. Disk and Storage Administration.

Introducing Disk and Storage Administration. Disk Slices. Adding and Configuring a New Disk. Volume Manager. SVM.

13. Managing Serial Devices.

Modems and Terminals. Managing Modems and Terminals. Connecting Modems and Terminals. Troubleshooting Modems and Terminals.

14. Managing Printing.

Solaris Printing Services. LP Print Service. Solaris Print Manager. Printer Administration Using lp Commands.

15. Backup and Recovery.

Introducing Backup. Solaris Backup Mechanisms. Creating and Restoring Backups.

16. Process Management.

Processes—An Overview. The CDE Process Manager. Process Scheduling.

17. Administering Remote Systems.

Remote Login Services. Transferring Files Across Remote Systems.

18. Administering TCP/IP.

TCP/IP—An Overview. Configuring Routers. DHCP. Introducing Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). Troubleshooting Solaris Networks.


19. DNS.

Naming Services—An Overview. DNS.

20. Network Information Service (NIS).

Introducing NIS. Planning the NIS Domain.

21. Network Information Service Plus and Federated Naming System (NIS+ and FNS).

Getting Started with NIS+. Configuring the Master and Slave Servers. Federated Naming Service (FNS).

22. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

Directory Services—An Overview. Setting Up LDAP.


23. Mailing Service.

Email. Implementing a Mail System. Administering Mail Services.

24. Implementing Security.

Solaris 9 and Security Considerations. Securing Your OpenBoot PROM (OBP). File System Security. Monitoring User Login.

25. Enhanced Security Features.

Solaris Security Features—An Overview. SSH. Understanding, Planning, and Implementing SEAM. Using Kerberos with Solaris 9. GSS-API. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC). ASET. TCP Wrappers. IPSec. Internet Key Exchange (IKE). Firewalls.

26. Performance Monitoring.

An Overview of Performance Monitoring. Monitoring CPU Usage. Monitoring Virtual Memory. Monitoring Disk Utilization. Monitoring Network Activity. Using sar to Monitor Systems. Using the Solaris Management Console (SMC) for Performance Monitoring.


Appendix A. What's New in Solaris 9.

New Features for System Administrators. New Features for Desktop Users.

Appendix B. NVRAM Parameters.
Appendix C. Solaris Management Tools.

Solaris Management Commands.

Appendix D. Troubleshooting.

Troubleshooting Installation of Software Packages. Troubleshooting File System-Related Problems. Troubleshooting Printing-Related Problems. Troubleshooting System Crash.

Appendix E. Solaris Tunable Parameters.
Appendix F. Glossary.


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