Paul A. Watters, MAPS, M.Phil.(Cambridge),B.A.(Hons.)(Tasmania),B.A. (Newcastle) recently submitted his PhD thesis in computer science at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, in the topic of natural language processing, and neural networks. The software he developed as part of his doctoral thesis runs on high-end Solaris servers through the Internet using CGI. In addition, he has eight years systems management and application development experience in commercial and R&D organizations. He specializes in building e-commerce and Internet information systems, based on Java, Solaris and open standards like CORBA. He is a columnist and author for the trade journal Inside Solaris, author of Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide, lead author of the upcoming Solaris 8: The Complete Reference, published by Osborne McGraw-Hill, and Solaris E-Commerce Bible, published by IDG.
Solaris 8 Administrator's Guideby Paul Andrew
The Solaris operating system, along with related Sun products likeJava, is one of the most reliable and scalable platforms on whichto build e-commerce products, and on which to support all networkedservices. Yet, one problem that potential users face is finding outmore information about what Solaris offers. In a sense, they want toknow how much technical work is
The Solaris operating system, along with related Sun products likeJava, is one of the most reliable and scalable platforms on whichto build e-commerce products, and on which to support all networkedservices. Yet, one problem that potential users face is finding outmore information about what Solaris offers. In a sense, they want toknow how much technical work is involved in migrating to Solaris,and what kind of philosophy Solaris is based on.To answer these questions, Solaris 8 Administrator's Guidecovers all aspects of deploying Solaris as a network server, includingboth basic and advanced network services. Given newfound interest inSolaris as an enterprise network operating system, this guide is aimedsquarely at supporting enterprise-level services. It's written forexperienced network administrators who want an objective guide tonetworking with Solaris, and covers installation on both the Inteland Sparc platforms. With it, you will learn how to setup Solaris asa file server, application server, and database server.In its coverage of advanced topics, Solaris 8 Administrator's Guideoffers examples of configuration files and the installation of third-partysoftware packages. This comprehensive book also contains more conceptualand difficult material that is absent from other Solaris reference manuals.At all points, emphasis is placed on issues like evaluating the security,scalability, and reliability of specific software packagesat the expenseof providing detailed coverage of every available package.The book covers the practical experience and new skills needed to understandthe impact of new services and new software products on existing server systems.Author Paul Wattersa recognized authority on Solarisavoids so-called"historical" services, like UUCP, which can easily fill chapters but arenot commonly found in today's production environments. Indeed, he doesn'tbother to provide an in-depth history of Solaris or UNIX at all, assumingthat you can find this material elsewhere. Instead, the practical focus ison supporting relevant contemporary networking technologies.Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide provides you with a third-party viewthat not only praises Solaris, but is critical and realistic in its assessment.This book is for experienced Solaris Administrators as well as and those lookingto migrate to this operating system.
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Personally I was not very impressed with this book. Overall the topics covered are well chosen but unfortunately I often had the feeling the topics were not covered deeply enough. May be a good book for people that want to go into the direction of system administration but not for those that already are administrators.