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About This Book

1.  Oracle Solaris Management Tools (Road Map)

2.  Working With the Solaris Management Console (Tasks)

3.  Working With the Oracle Java Web Console (Tasks)

4.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Overview)

5.  Managing User Accounts and Groups (Tasks)

6.  Managing Client-Server Support (Overview)

What's New in Managing Client-Server Support?

Support for Specifying Platform by Using the bootadm -p Command

nfs4_domain Keyword Impacts Diskless Client Boot

x86: Diskless Client Changes That Apply to GRUB

x86: Changes to the smdiskless Command

Where to Find Client-Server Tasks

What Are Servers, Clients, and Appliances?

What Does Client Support Mean?

Overview of System Types

Description of a Server

Stand-Alone Systems

Diskless Clients

Description of an Appliance

Guidelines for Choosing System Types

Diskless Client Management Overview

OS Server and Diskless Client Support Information

Diskless Client Management Features

Working With Diskless Client Commands

Required RBAC Rights for Diskless Client Management

Adding OS Services

Adding OS Services When the OS Server Has Been Patched

Disk Space Requirements for OS Servers

7.  Managing Diskless Clients (Tasks)

8.  Introduction to Shutting Down and Booting a System

9.  Shutting Down and Booting a System (Overview)

10.  Shutting Down a System (Tasks)

11.  Modifying Oracle Solaris Boot Behavior (Tasks)

12.  Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

13.  Managing the Oracle Solaris Boot Archives (Tasks)

14.  Troubleshooting Booting an Oracle Solaris System (Tasks)

15.  x86: GRUB Based Booting (Reference)

16.  x86: Booting a System That Does Not Implement GRUB (Tasks)

17.  Working With the Oracle Solaris Auto Registration regadm Command (Tasks)

18.  Managing Services (Overview)

19.  Managing Services (Tasks)

20.  Managing Software (Overview)

21.  Managing Software With Oracle Solaris System Administration Tools (Tasks)

22.  Managing Software by Using Oracle Solaris Package Commands (Tasks)

23.  Managing Patches

A.  SMF Services


What Are Servers, Clients, and Appliances?

Systems on the network can usually be described as one of the system types in this table.

System Type
A system that provides services to other systems in its network. There are file servers, boot servers, web servers, database servers, license servers, print servers, installation servers, appliance servers, and even servers for particular applications. This chapter uses the term server to mean a system that provides boot services and file systems for other systems on the network.
A system that uses remote services from a server. Some clients have limited disk storage capacity, or perhaps none at all. Such clients must rely on remote file systems from a server to function. Diskless systems and appliance systems are examples of this type of client.

Other clients might use remote services (such as installation software) from a server. However, they don't rely on a server to function. A stand-alone system is a good example of this type of client. A stand-alone system has its own hard disk that contains the root (/), /usr, and /export/home file systems and swap space.

A network appliance such as the Sun Ray appliance provides access to applications and the Solaris OS. An appliance gives you centralized server administration, and no client administration or upgrades. Sun Ray appliances also provide hot desking. Hot desking enables you to instantly access your computing session from any appliance in the server group, exactly where you left off. For more information, see