Solaris 8 2/04 What's New Supplement

System Administration Tools

Feature Description 

Release Date 

Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) 3.0

Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR) 3.0 replaces DR 2.0. DR model 3.0 uses the domain configuration server, dcs(1M), to control DR operations on the domain. You use the automated dynamic reconfiguration (ADR) commands to perform DR operations. DR lets users reconfigure resources on their servers while the servers continue to operate.

Dynamic Reconfiguration 3.0 has a framework that offers enhanced integration with applications. DR model 3.0 works with the Reconfiguration Coordination Manager (RCM), which enables you to coordinate DR operations with other applications that are running on the domain such as database, clustering, and volume management software. Such applications can register to receive notification of DR operations and coordinate their software activities with DR. 

DR 3.0 also supports multipathing with the use of IPMP. 

For further information, see the Sun Enterprise 10000 Dynamic Reconfiguration User Guide. The DR user guide is intended for Sun EnterpriseTM 10000 system administrators who are familiar with the Solaris operating environment.


Solaris Management Console

SolarisTM Management Console 2.0 software is a GUI-based "umbrella application" that serves as the launching point for a variety of management tools. The console comes complete with a default toolbox that contains the following tools:

  • Processes – Suspend, resume, monitor, and control processes.

  • Users – Set up and maintain user accounts, user templates, groups, mailing lists, and administrative roles and rights. Grant or deny rights to users and to administrative roles—to control the specific applications each can work with and which tasks each user can perform.

  • Scheduled Jobs – Schedule, start, and manage jobs.

  • Mounts and Shares – View and manage mounts, shares, and usage information.

  • Disks – Create and view disk partitions.

  • Serial Ports – Configure and manage existing serial ports.

  • Log Viewer – View application and command-line messages and manage log files.

You can also manage diskless clients, but with commands only, not through the GUI. 

You can add or delete tools from the default toolbox or create a new toolbox to manage a different set of tools by using the Solaris Management Console Toolbox Editor.  

For more information about using the command-line interface, see “Solaris Management Console Overview” in the Solaris 8 System Administration Supplement. For information on how to start the console, see “Starting Solaris Management Console” in the Solaris 8 System Administration Supplement. Also, see the help that is associated with each tool.


Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM)

Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) includes standards for web-based management of systems, networks, and devices on multiple platforms. This standardization enables system administrators to manage desktops, devices, and networks.  

In the 10/00 Update release, additions include a description of the system properties that the CIM Object Manager uses and descriptions of the new Solaris_Printer and other printing definition classes.

In the 1/01 Update release, additions include:  

  • Updated description of init.wbem command, which now starts the Solaris Management Console server as well as the CIM Object Manager

  • Added section that describes how to upgrade the CIM Object Manager repository

  • Updated Security chapter refers the user to Solaris Management Console for implementing role-based access control (RBAC)

  • Solaris Management Console Log Viewer replaced the wbemlogviewer application for viewing log file information

  • Added description of new Solaris_Network1.0.mof file and Solaris_Users1.0.mof file

In the 4/01 Update release, additions include:  

  • Sun WBEM SDK 2.4 – Prior to this update, Sun WBEM SDK had been delivered as a component of the Solaris Management SDK CD.

    Sun WBEM SDK 2.4 implements the CIM Event model.

    The documentation for the Sun WBEM SDK includes man pages, context-sensitive online help for CIM Workshop, Javadoc reference pages for the WBEM application programming interfaces, and an AnswerBookTM version of the Sun WBEM SDK Developer's Guide.

  • New providers:

    • SNMP Provider

    • Product Registry Provider

    • Performance Provider

    The providers are documented with HTML pages derived from the related MOF files at /usr/sadm/lib/wbem/doc.

  • MOF Compiler (mofcomp), which contains enhancements to support standalone mode and conversion of MOF files to XML. Two arguments have been added to the mofcomp command:

    -x converts CIM classes that are defined in the MOF file to XML documents.

    -o dirname sets the MOF Compiler to run in standalone mode, without a CIM Object Manager.

For further information, see the Solaris WBEM Services Administrator's Guide.


Updated 1/01 and 4/01