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solaris 9: sun certified system administrator study guide
Solaris 9: Sun Certified System Administrator Study Guide
byQuentin Docter ISBN:0782141811
Sybex 2003 (597 pages)

This guide covers parts I & II of the Sun Certified System Administrator for Solaris 9 exams: 310-014 and 310-015 and provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives along with practical insights drawn from real world experience.

Table of Contents
Solaris 9—Sun Certified System Administrator Study Guide
Part I - Solaris 9 Sun Certified System Administrator
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Solaris 9
Chapter 2 - Installation
Chapter 3 - System Initialization and Shutdown
Chapter 4 - User and Group Administration
Chapter 5 - Files, Directories, and Security
Chapter 6 - Device and Disk Management
Chapter 7 - File System Management
Chapter 8 - Managing Printers and Controlling Processes
Chapter 9 - System Backups and Restores
Part II - Solaris 9 Sun Certified System Administrator
Chapter 10 - The Solaris Networking Environment
Chapter 11 - Virtual File Systems and NFS
Chapter 12 - Managing Storage Volumes
Chapter 13 - Advanced Security Concepts
Chapter 14 - Auditing and System Messaging
Chapter 15 - Naming Services
Chapter 16 - Advanced Installation Procedures
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Sidebars

Here’s the book you need to prepare for Sun’s Solaris 9 System Administrator Exams. This Study Guide provides:

  • Assessment testing to focus and direct your studies
  • In-depth coverage of all official exam objectives

Authoritative coverage of all exam objectives, including:

  • Installation planning and software management
  • Understanding file and directory concepts
  • Managing patches and shells
  • Performing system boot procedures
  • Managing user and security administration
  • Handling network printers and system processes
  • Developing system backups strategies and restores
  • Using and configuring network files and implementing server processes
  • Managing virtual file systems, core dumps, and storage volumes
  • Controlling access and configuring system messaging
  • Implementing naming services
  • Performing advanced installation procedures
  • Using and troubleshooting a JumpStart server

About the Author

Quentin Docter, SCSA, MCSE, CNE, Server+, and A+, is a 9-year IT industry veteran. He has worked as a Master Technical Instructor and Lead Curriculum Developer, a consultant, and a senior Network Administrator. He is now working as a full-time technical writer, author, and consultant in Murray, Utah.

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Sun developed the Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris 9 Operating Environment certification for administrators tasked with performing essential procedures on the Solaris OE and technical support staff responsible for administering a networked server running on the Solaris OE. recently included this certification in its list of the "10 Hottest Certifications for 2003."

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