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1.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Overview)

2.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Tasks)

3.  Introduction to Shutting Down and Booting a System

4.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

5.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

6.  Modifying Oracle Solaris Boot Behavior (Tasks)

7.  Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

8.  Troubleshooting Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

9.  Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Tasks)

10.  x86: GRUB Based Booting (Reference)

11.  Managing Services (Overview)

12.  Managing Services (Tasks)



System Administration Guide: Basic Administration is part of a documentation set that includes a significant part of the Oracle Solaris system administration information. This guide contains information for both SPARC based and x86 based systems.

This book assumes you have completed the following tasks:

For the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release, new features that might be interesting to system administrators are covered in sections called What's New in ... ? in the appropriate chapters.

Note - This Oracle Solaris release supports systems that use the SPARC and x86 families of processor architectures. The supported systems appear in the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists. This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

In this document these x86 related terms mean the following:

For supported systems, see the Oracle Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for anyone responsible for administering one or more systems running the Oracle Solaris 11 Express release. To use this book, you should have 1–2 years of UNIX system administration experience. Attending UNIX system administration training courses might be helpful.

How the System Administration Guides Are Organized

Here is a list of the topics that are covered by the System Administration Guides.

This table lists the topics that are covered in each guide.
Book Title
User accounts and groups, shutting down and booting a system, and managing services
Terminals and modems, system resources, system processes, and troubleshooting Oracle Solaris software problems
Removable media, disks and devices, file systems, and backing up and restoring data
TCP/IP network administration, IPv4 and IPv6 address administration, DHCP, IPsec, IKE, IP filter, Mobile IP, and IPQoS
DNS, NIS, and LDAP naming and directory services, including transitioning from NIS to LDAP
Networking stack, NIC driver property configuration, NWAM configuration, manual network interface configuration, administration of VLANs and link aggregations, IP network multipathing (IPMP), WiFi wireless networking configuration, virtual NICs (VNICs), and network resource management
Web cache servers, time-related services, network file systems (NFS and autofs), mail, SLP, and PPP
Printing topics and tasks, using services, tools, protocols, and technologies to set up and administer printing services and printers
Auditing, device management, file security, BART, Kerberos services, PAM, Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework, privileges, RBAC, SASL, and Oracle Solaris Secure Shell
Resource management features, which enable you to control how applications use available system resources; Oracle Solaris Zones software partitioning technology, which virtualizes operating system services to create an isolated environment for running applications; and Oracle Solaris 10 Containers, which host Oracle Solaris 10 environments running on the Oracle Solaris 11 Express kernel
Oracle Solaris SMB service, which enables you to configure an Oracle Solaris system to make SMB shares available to SMB clients; Oracle Solaris SMB client, which enables you to access SMB shares; and native identity mapping service, which enables you to map user and group identities between Oracle Solaris systems and Windows systems
System installation, configuration, and administration that is specific to the Oracle Solaris' Trusted Extensions feature
ZFS storage pool and file system creation and management, snapshots, clones, backups, using access control lists (ACLs) to protect ZFS files, using ZFS on an Oracle Solaris system with zones installed, emulated volumes, and troubleshooting and data recovery

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Documentation, Support, and Training

See the following web sites for additional resources:

Oracle Software Resources

Oracle Technology Network offers a range of resources related to Oracle software:

Typographic Conventions

The following table describes the typographic conventions that are used in this book.

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

The names of commands, files, and directories, and onscreen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with onscreen computer output
machine_name% su


Placeholder: replace with a real name or value
The command to remove a file is rm filename.
Book titles, new terms, and terms to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

A cache is a copy that is stored locally.

Do not save the file.

Note: Some emphasized items appear bold online.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default UNIX system prompt and superuser prompt for shells that are included in the Oracle Solaris OS. Note that the default system prompt that is displayed in command examples varies, depending on the Oracle Solaris release.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell
Bash shell, Korn shell, and Bourne shell for superuser
C shell
C shell for superuser

General Conventions

Be aware of the following conventions used in this book.