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If you were a newbie sysadmin, they wouldn't have put you in charge of a Solaris box. You've worked with Windows, maybe Linux or some other *nix. But Solaris is new to you. Start with the Solaris Beginner's Guide, the only Solaris manual targeted specifically at you.
Building on what you already know about system administration, Paul Watters shows you exactly how it's done in Solaris. First, installation. Watters covers both Sparc and Intel, and introduces CDE, Solaris's current GUI. Next, Watters introduces techniques for managing a single Solaris box: the command line, the bash shell; user/group management; processes and system resources; and finally, packages and software installation.
Then, it's on to networking. Watters covers Internet services such as email, DNS, web services, and remote access. (There's a strong chapter on security, reviewing passwords, packet filtering, system auditing, disabling IP ports, and more.) Then, finally, intranet services -- such as Samba-based Windows file and print, DHCP, NFS, and NIS/NIS+.
You'll find plenty of real world examples and configuration files, plus eight pages of blueprints comparing Solaris tasks to Linux and Win2K. If you're new to Solaris, this book gets you out of the darkness and into the sun.(Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.