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ISBN-13: 978-0596000738 ISBN-10: 0596000731 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596000731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596000738
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,428,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul A. Watters, MAPS, M.Phil.(Cambridge),B.A.(Hons.)(Tasmania)​,B.A. (Newcastle) recently submitted his PhD thesis in computer science at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, in the topic of natural language processing, and neural networks. The software he developed as part of his doctoral thesis runs on high-end Solaris servers through the Internet using CGI. In addition, he has eight years systems management and application development experience in commercial and R&D organizations. He specializes in building e-commerce and Internet information systems, based on Java, Solaris and open standards like CORBA. He is a columnist and author for the trade journal Inside Solaris, author of Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide, lead author of the upcoming Solaris 8: The Complete Reference, published by Osborne McGraw-Hill, and Solaris E-Commerce Bible, published by IDG.

Customer Reviews

Don't be fooled by the title or the editorial review.
trueshrew
The book does not even mention disk formatting (except fdisk for Intel boxes), logical volumes of any type, nothing about patching or the care and feeding of Solaris.
A B Gaskin
The book has enough depth to get your feet wet in each topic - allowing you to know if you need to study more or call it good.
Micah J. Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Spencer on February 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a newcomer to Solaris, I found this book extremely informative. I found the chapters on installing and configuration was exactly what I was looking for. The configuration worksheets were great.
I would recommend this book as a great resource for any administrator looking to migrate to Solaris from another operating system or starting a Solaris network from scratch.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Micah J. Miller on March 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Had this book been titled "An introduction to Network Administration on Solaris" O'Reilly would have hit the nail on the head with this one.
The book takes a shallow and deep approach to most topics the average administrator might just need a clue on. The book has enough depth to get your feet wet in each topic - allowing you to know if you need to study more or call it good.
Overall, this book hits all the basics and gives a great overview of an immense topic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Anlauf on March 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
If there's one thing I hate about computer books it's screenshots. I mean, if I'm a UNIX admin, I know what a screen looks like right? That's why I hate those 1000+ page books - full of fluff and no detail. This book is compact, few screenshots, it has lots of good examples (like installation worksheets) and a (rarely found) discussion on sizing. Downside: no discussion on VPNs which I would have expected since firewalls and encryption are covered. Almost five stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xaviera de la Paz on February 26, 2002
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Hola. This books i very good and easy to understand. I speak English only a little, but I can read this book OK. I am a network administrator and I enjoyed the chapters on LDAP, routing and data management. Best of all was the e-commerce work. I only wish there was more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on March 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book a bit disappointing. I have high expectations of O'reilly books and have found them a treasure trove of valuable information. I was expecting the same in-depthness from this book. Unfortunately it seemed to me much more of a survey of the OS rather than delving into the nitty gritty of the subject matter.
If you are new to Solaris it may be a great book, but it seems to me an experienced Solaris admin will be disappointed by this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam DeRidder on April 15, 2003
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Some people are trashing the book for a few insignificant flaws. Personally, I think he spends too much time on Java, doesn't cover PAM, RBAC or other new features to Solaris 8. On the whole, though, the book covers alot of good ground for intermediate level system adminstrators - those who have some experience with Solaris, but want to know what features are relevant to Solaris 8 and Solaris networking.
The author summarizes his aims in the preface: "This book illustrates how Solaris services are used to build networks." This focus mirrors SUNs focus for Solaris 8 expressed by the slogan 'The Network is the Computer'.
The book covers the following in enough depth to be useful, while not getting bogged down in too much detail:
* networking - theory and practical setup
* installing solaris, configuring network cards
* Solaris services: dns, nfs - file sharing, email, interacting with NT, nis, nis+, ldap
* backups
* security
* hints on troubleshooting and best practice sysadmin work.
It isn't a good introduction to Solaris, nor a comprehensive reference book, but it has alot of useful information, especially about networking Solaris version 8.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just purchased this book and I know it's for Solaris 8 but what I really want is a book for Solaris 9. How 'bout it O'Reilly? Sun are talking about Solaris 10 already!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Knut Olafsson on May 20, 2002
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An exellent overview of Solaris network admin. A bit light on 3rd party apps - especially in areas like storage where we all use commercial products. But coverage of security areas like Kerberos was most welcome. A good book for a weekend refresher - not a reference book. Will we see one for the Solaris 9 release this month???
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My philosophy in writing books has been strongly influenced by my college teaching experience in information technology and software engineering - clear descriptions of basic principles, philosophy and motivation for using a specific technology, and then clear examples of how to use it in practice. In a book with limited pages, it's not always possible to cover every topic, or to provide all information on a specific topic in the detail required to perform a particular task. I see the role of trade books as "breadth first, depth second" - these books provide orientation, but if you need intimate detail on a specific application, function or method, then you will almost certainly need to consult vendor documentation. For example, the Sun administration reference collection for Solaris contains many thousands of pages of detail, which can be daunting at first, but very useful in the long term.

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