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Solaris 10 System Administration Essentials 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

"Solaris(TM) 10 System Administration Essentials "is the first book to concisely yet comprehensively cover all of the breakthrough features of the Solaris 10 operating system. The Solaris OS has a long history of innovation, and the Solaris 10 OS is a watershed release that includes features such as
  • Zones, which provide application isolation and facilitate server consolidation
  • ZFS(TM), the file system that provides a new approach to managing your data with an easy administration interface
  • The Fault Management Architecture, which automates fault detection and resolution
  • The Service Management Facility, a unified model for services and service management on every Solaris system
  • Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), for troubleshooting OS and application problems on production systems in real time
In addition, the Solaris 10 OS fully supports 32-bit and 64-bit x86 platforms, as well as the SPARC(R) architecture. The book's key topics include
  • Installing, booting, and shutting down a system
  • Managing packages and patches (software updates)
  • Controlling system processes
  • Managing disks and devices
  • Managing users
  • Configuring networks
  • Using printing services
"Solaris(TM) 10 System Administration Essentials" is part of a new series on Solaris system administration. It is a practical guide to deploying and managing the Solaris 10 operating system in a business or academic environment. The book is easy to read and rich with examples-a perfect companion for system administrators who are deploying the Solaris OS for the first time.

About the Author

This book is the work of the engineers, architects, and writers at Sun Microsystems who conceptualized the services, wrote the procedures, and coded the rich set of Solaris features. Together, these authors bring a vast range of industry and academic experience to the business of creating and deploying operating systems. Authors include Stephanie Brucker, David Bustos, Raoul Carag, Penelope Cotten, Scott Davenport, Alta Elstad, Eric Erickson, Juanita Heieck, Puneet Jain, Narendra Kumar, James Liu, Alan Maguire, Cathleen Reiher, Vidya Sakar, Michael Schuster, Lynne Thompson, and Sowmini Varadhan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (December 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013700009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137000098
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was hoping this would be a new era of literature published by or in cooperation with Sun, a rebirth if you will. My expectations had been a little high as I anxiously awaited this book. Upon reading it I was greatly disappointed by the shallow level of the content. In all fairness I could imagine it's hard to cover all of the wicked cool useful pieces within Solaris 10 while still keeping it to one book (under 1000 pages). However this book basically read like a reference to what man pages you should read for more information without really getting into much detail.

If you want something to actually give you applicable skills in a certain Solaris 10 topic get the Bill Calkins exam prep books and read the sections your interested in. You'll walk away with more skills and understanding.

As a die hard Solaris user/advocate for the past 15 years I'm still puzzled why the Sun training and published books are so technically shallow. It would be nice to see something between the reference material located in [...] and the in depth articles that come out as "blueprints", and niche articles in bigadmin.

Derek
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I purchased this book and Solaris 10 Security Essentials together, in part because they were authored by Sun's engineers, as the books state. I teach these topics, and I'm always on the lookout for better presentations or demonstrations that would improve my delivery and deepen my own understanding.

There are, alas, mostly off-putting elements in this book. I don't know what I had in mind for "Solaris System Engineers" as the authors, but it sure wasn't technical writers, who compose about half the group. Accordingly, some discussions seem re-phrased from a man page or [...] material, and not improved upon either. In other places, the technical information is laid out in about the least imaginative or helpful way I can conjure. Turning data structure elements into bullet points (see Chapter 6, "Managing System Processes"), then tabling a bunch of commands and showing one simple example of each...c'mon, man, you're the engineers. That's all you know?

Why this book devotes a chapter to Fault Management frankly escapes me. You can go a long way in Solaris 10 and not know or care about FMA. It's of course a very useful thing, but essential to a beginner? No. The Service Management Facility (SMF), on the other hand, fundamentally alters the administrative landscape for Solaris. Where is it? It's got about seven pages at the end of Chapter 2, "Boot, Service Management, and Shutdown." It's an architectural discussion of the sort I expected the FMA chapter to be, high-level and not intended for a lot of exploration at first. That's too bad. If anyone can figure out how to use SMF from this presentation, it's because you didn't need it.
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By Elle on March 19, 2011
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Don't buy this. Much better generic unix books on the market! The amount of information specific to solaris 10 is almost non-existent. Go to oracle documentation site and download their admin guide. Or better yet, take the class, the training manual is the best.
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The books gives out a many details of Solaris system for basic system administration and is a handy reference book as well. For me, I wish it could put a little bit more in Service Management which is new and unique in Solaris 10 and not in any other unix platform.

I know that there are a lot stuff in Solaris 10 but I also think this book can get introduce ldom, with comparison to zone, as I guess there will be more and more sites use ldom in the future.

Today, working as a systems administrator, it is inevitable to have san connection in the system. It will be nice this book can introduce something about san and multipathing in Solaris 10.
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