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1.  Managing Removable Media (Overview)

2.  Managing Removable Media (Tasks)

3.  Accessing Removable Media (Tasks)

4.  Writing CDs and DVDs (Tasks)

5.  Managing Devices (Overview/Tasks)

6.  Dynamically Configuring Devices (Tasks)

7.  Using USB Devices (Overview)

8.  Using USB Devices (Tasks)

9.  Using InfiniBand Devices (Overview/Tasks)

10.  Managing Disks (Overview)

11.  Administering Disks (Tasks)

12.  SPARC: Setting Up Disks (Tasks)

13.  x86: Setting Up Disks (Tasks)

14.  Configuring Storage Devices With COMSTAR

15.  Configuring and Managing the Oracle Solaris Internet Storage Name Service (iSNS)

16.  The format Utility (Reference)

17.  Managing File Systems (Overview)

18.  Creating and Mounting File Systems (Tasks)

19.  Configuring Additional Swap Space (Tasks)

20.  Copying Files and File Systems (Tasks)

21.  Managing Tape Drives (Tasks)


About This Book

System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems is part of a 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 releases, new features of interest 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 Hardware Compatibility List at This document cites any implementation differences between the platform types.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is intended for anyone responsible for administering one or more systems running the Oracle Solaris 11 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.

Book Title
Booting and shutting down a system, managing boot services, modifying boot behavior, booting from ZFS, managing the boot archive, and troubleshooting booting on SPARC platforms
Booting and shutting down a system, managing boot services, modifying boot behavior, booting from ZFS, managing the boot archive, and troubleshooting booting on x86 platforms
Using Oracle Solaris commands, booting and shutting down a system, managing user accounts and groups, managing services, hardware faults, system information, system resources, and system performance, managing software, printing, the console and terminals, and troubleshooting system and 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, and IPQoS
DNS, NIS, and LDAP naming and directory services, including transitioning from NIS to LDAP
Automatic and manual IP interface configuration including WiFi wireless; administration of bridges, VLANs, aggregations, LLDP, and IPMP; virtual NICs and resource management.
Web cache servers, time-related services, network file systems (NFS and autofs), mail, SLP, and PPP
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 Zones, which host Oracle Solaris 10 environments running on the Oracle Solaris 11 kernel
Auditing, device management, file security, BART, Kerberos services, PAM, Cryptographic Framework, Key Management, privileges, RBAC, SASL, Secure Shell, and virus scanning
SMB service, which enables you to configure an Oracle Solaris system to make SMB shares available to SMB clients; SMB client, which enables you to access SMB shares; and native identity mapping services, which enables you to map user and group identities between Oracle Solaris systems and Windows systems
ZFS storage pool and file system creation and management, snapshots, clones, backups, using access control lists (ACLs) to protect ZFS files, using ZFS on a Solaris system with zones installed, emulated volumes, and troubleshooting and data recovery
System installation, configuration, and administration that is specific to Trusted Extensions
Securing an Oracle Solaris system, as well as usage scenarios for its security features, such as zones, ZFS, and Trusted Extensions
Provides system administration information and examples for transitioning from Oracle Solaris 10 to Oracle Solaris 11 in the areas of installation, device, disk, and file system management, software management, networking, system management, security, virtualization, desktop features, user account management, and user environments

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What Typographic Conventions Mean

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

Table P-1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol
The names of commands, files, and directories; on screen computer output
Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

machine_name% you have mail.

What you type, contrasted with on screen computer output
machine_name% su Password:
Command-line placeholder: replace with a real name or value
To delete a file, type rm filename.
Book titles, new words or terms, or words to be emphasized
Read Chapter 6 in User's Guide.

These are called class options.

Do not save changes yet.

Shell Prompts in Command Examples

The following table shows the default system prompt and superuser (or administrative) prompt for the C shell, Bourne shell, and Korn shell.

Table P-2 Shell Prompts

C shell prompt
C shell superuser prompt
Bourne shell and Korn shell prompt
Bourne shell and Korn shell superuser prompt