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OCA Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide

Unlike the Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration The Complete Reference book I read a few months back, this book definitely covers very well network system configuration in Solaris 11, as it's part of the Solaris 11 System Administrator certification curriculum. Sadly as of this writing, ipf firewall configuration in Solaris 11 is not a requirement for the Oracle Certified Associate Solaris 11 certification, which is the reason it's not covered on this book. On the bright side, this book does an excellent job explaining layer 2 and 3 network system configuration and zone configurations in Solaris. Coming from a Solaris sysadmin standpoint, in my opinion this book has much better content than the official Oracle Press Solaris 11 reference book. Which understandably, makes sense given that it's centric to the certification.

Chapter 1: Planning an Oracle Solaris 11 Installation
Chapter 2: Installing Oracle Solaris 11
Chapter 3: Understanding the Boot Model
Chapter 4: Understanding File Systems
Chapter 5: Securing Systems and Files
Chapter 6: Managing Users and Groups
Chapter 7: Managing Processes
Chapter 8: Administering the Services Management Facility (SMF)
Chapter 9: Understanding Projects and Tasks
Chapter 10: Applying Resource Thresholds
Chapter 11: Configuring Additional Storage
Chapter 12: Adding and Updating Solaris Software
Chapter 13: Monitoring the System with Logging
Chapter 14: Administrating Process and Kernel Crash Data
Chapter 15: Managing Network Resources
Chapter 16: Managing Virtual Network Resources
Chapter 17: Administering Solaris Zones

Sadly, ipfilter firewall configuration is not a certification exam objective, so it's not mentioned in this book. Other than that, this book is a must read for any new Solaris system administrator.

Rating: 4/5
OCA Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam Guide (Exam 1Z0-821)

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Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration The Complete Reference

As its title implies, I originally purchased this book as a reference to the Solaris 11 operating system. Prior to reading this book I had very little knowledge of Solaris, sure I've dabbed with Solaris 10 before, but nothing up to a point were I would seriously consider using it. I was initially attracted to this book because of the lack of Solaris 11 books and the fact that it was specifically designed for Linux administrators. Thus said, reading the initial five chapters of this book felt like a complete waste. About a third of the book was dedicated to installating Solaris and its graphical user interface, it wasn't until the sixth chapter and 144 pages later, the authors decided to finally writing about Solaris specific things a sysadmin cares about. On the other hand the authors did a really good explaining in full detail Solaris 11 features, most noticeably ZFS, Service Management Facility, Image Packing System, and Zones. Since the book is designed for Linux administrations coming in the world of Solaris, the authors opted to dedicate chapters about configuring and setting up applications like BIND/ISC DHCP, Apache, Sendmail, ProFTPD, and Samba on Solaris, which I didn't like because it felt like the book was falling out of scope at times. Another importing thing that I didn't like about this book is that the authors hardly ever mentioned ipadm and dladm, which I think are vital for new Solaris systems administrators to know. Also, very little was mentioned about ipf, the default firewall in Solaris 11. Aside from the ZFS, SMF, IPS, and Zones content, I was very disappointing with this book.

Chapter 1: The Basics of Oracle Solaris 11
Chapter 2: Getting Ready for Solaris 11
Chapter 3: Installation Options
Chapter 4: Alternative Oracle 11 Installation Methods
Chapter 5: The Solaris Graphical Desktop Environment
Chapter 6: Service Management
Chapter 7: The Image Package System (IPS)
Chapter 8: Solaris at the Command Line
Chapter 9: Filesystems and ZFS
Chapter 10: Customize the Solaris Shells
Chapter 11: Users and Groups
Chapter 12: Solaris 11 Security
Chapter 13: System Performance
Chapter 14: Solaris Virtualization
Chapter 15: Print Management
Chapter 16: DNS and DHCP
Chapter 17: Mail Services
Chapter 18: Solaris Trusted Extensions
Chapter 19: The Network File System
Chapter 20: The FTP and Secure Shell Services
Chapter 21: Solaris and Samba
Chapter 22: Apache and the Web Stack

Rating: 2/5
Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration The Complete Reference

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