Take Full Advantage of the Oracle Solaris 11 Management Features
Manage a highly scalable, cloud-based computing platform and deliver unmatched performance levels at every layer of your IT stack. Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference shows how to deploy Solaris from scratch. Get up-to-date details on installation options, device configuration, virtualization techniques, network security, file encryption, and Web services. NFS, Samba, and Apache are fully covered in this Oracle Press guide.
Install Oracle Solaris 11 on x86 and SPARC machines
Manage storage using the ZFS file system
Define user roles and enforce strong access policies
Create fully isolated zones and virtual system environments
Configure print, e-mail, DNS, and DHCP services
Share files and devices using NFS and Samba
Set up Apache Web servers and deploy AMP applications
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Authors of books in the "Complete Reference" series have always had a tough row to hoe. They attempt to condense an entire set of product documentation to a single, referenceable volume. And all that has to be done in the time frame allowed by software release schedules.
Kudos to the authors of this particular volume for having pulled together a lucid, reasonably detailed summary of the most important parts of Solaris. Despite the name, no one book can actually be a complete reference for something as complex as Solaris, but this book is a pretty good addition to any Solaris admin's bookshelf.
One of the difficulties of writing a book by committee is maintaining the same audience and consistent focus across chapters and topics. In this case, there are some chapters where the level of detail does not match what is present in other chapters. And in some cases, there is a distinct audience mis-match.
I came across one howler in Chapter 10: "differences...
What I like the most about this book is that it's consice, even if it's a complete reference. There are no frills and the chapter separation make it easy for more advanced administrator to skip content they know well. I really recommend this book!
I dislike reading books that have been written by several people at the best of times; there is a lack of cohesion and coherence that is very evident in this volume if you need to use it every day (like I do). Apart from style, the biggest issue I have is context and content; context, in the sense that virtualization and the cloud now sit at the core of Solaris services; and content, which is totally outdated in this book. Really, a whole chapter on setting up an FTP server? The same space dedicated to virtualization? Seriously? I suggest that really basic and old technologies be put in one beginner's book, and this one should cover all new technologies, but recast within a virtualization framework. Truly awful.
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