System Administration Guide: Basic Administration

What's New in Solaris Management Tools?

No new Solaris Management tools have been introduced in this Solaris release.

These tools are new or changed in the Solaris 10 initial 3/05 release:

The following table provides a brief description of new or changed Solaris management tools .

Table 1–1 New or Changed Solaris Management Tools in the Solaris Release

Solaris Management Tool 


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This tool is no longer available.  




Alternative tools include the following:

  • Solaris Management Console to manage users and groups

  • Solaris Product Registry to manage software

  • Solaris Print Manager to manage printers

  • Solaris Management Console to manage terminals and modems





Setting Up User Accounts (Task Map)

Managing Software With the Solaris Product Registry GUI (Task Map)

Chapter 4, Setting Up Printers (Tasks), in System Administration Guide: Solaris Printing

Setting Up Terminals and Modems With Serial Ports Tool (Overview) in System Administration Guide: Advanced Administration

Package and Patch Tools 

Starting with the Solaris 10 release, the package and patch tools have been enhanced. Use the pkgchk command with the -P option instead of grep pattern /var/sadm/install/contents. The -P option enables you to use a partial path.

Package and Patch Tool Enhancements

Chapter 21, Managing Solaris Patches by Using the patchadd Command (Tasks)

Solaris Print Manager 

Expanded printer support in Solaris Print Manager includes the following features. These features were introduced in a Solaris 10 release:

  • Never Print Banner option

  • Support for raster image processor (RIP)

  • Support for PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files

  • New -n option to the lpadmin command, which enables you to specify a PPD file when creating a new print queue or modifying an existing print queue

  • The lpstat command output displays the PPD for a print queue that was creating by specifying a PPD file

What’s New in Printing? in System Administration Guide: Solaris Printing