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Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide

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The Solaris operating system, along with related Sun products like Java, is one of the most reliable and scalable platforms on which to build e-commerce products, and on which to support all networked services. Yet, one problem that potential users face is finding out more information about what Solaris offers. In a sense, they want to know 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 Guide covers all aspects of deploying Solaris as a network server, including both basic and advanced network services. Given newfound interest in Solaris as an enterprise network operating system, this guide is aimed squarely at supporting enterprise-level services. It's written for experienced network administrators who want an objective guide to networking with Solaris, and covers installation on both the Intel and Sparc platforms. With it, you will learn how to setup Solaris as a file server, application server, and database server. In its coverage of advanced topics, Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide offers examples of configuration files and the installation of third-party software packages. This comprehensive book also contains more conceptual and 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 packages--at the expense of providing detailed coverage of every available package. The book covers the practical experience and new skills needed to understand the impact of new services and new software products on existing server systems. Author Paul Watters--a recognized authority on Solaris--avoids so-called "historical" services, like UUCP, which can easily fill chapters but are not commonly found in today's production environments. Indeed, he doesn't bother to provide an in-depth history of Solaris or UNIX at all, assuming that you can find this material elsewhere. Instead, the practical focus is on supporting relevant contemporary networking technologies. Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide provides you with a third-party view that not only praises Solaris, but is critical and realistic in its assessment. This book is for experienced Solaris Administrators as well as and those looking to migrate to this operating system.

Table of Contents

  1. Solaris 8 Administrator’s Guide
    1. Preface
      1. Audience
      2. Overview
      3. Conventions Used in This Book
      4. Comments and Questions
      5. Acknowledgments
    2. 1. The Network Is the Computer
      1. Sun ONE (Open Network Environment)
        1. Development Tools
        2. Frontend Services
        3. Service Containers
        4. Service Integration
        5. User and Resource Management
        6. SunOS
      2. Solaris Releases
      3. Solaris Resources
    3. 2. Building Solaris Networks
      1. System Concepts
      2. Network Architectures
        1. Single Host
        2. Two Hosts (Crossover Cabling)
        3. Three or More Hosts (Hub)
        4. Three or More Hosts (Switch)
        5. Two Subnets
        6. Four Subnets
      3. Internet Protocols
      4. Using inetd
        1. Telnet
        2. File Transfer Protocol
      5. Using snoop
    4. 3. Installing Solaris
      1. Pre-Installation Checklist
        1. Host Configuration Worksheet
        2. Hardware Configuration Worksheet
        3. Software Configuration Worksheet
      2. Solaris Installations (SPARC)
        1. Supported SPARC Platforms
      3. Solaris Installations (Intel)
        1. Selecting Intel Hardware
        2. Prebuilt Systems
        3. Motherboards
        4. Video Cards and Monitors
        5. Mouse
        6. SCSI Host Adapters
        7. Zip/Jaz Devices
        8. Network Cards
        9. PCMCIA Cards
      4. Preparing for Installation (SPARC)
      5. Preparing for Installation (Intel)
      6. Web Start Wizard Installation
    5. 4. Network Configuration
      1. Creating Networks and Subnets
      2. Configuring Network Interfaces
      3. Obtaining Network Statistics
        1. Protocol Statistics
        2. Address Type Statistics
        3. Multicast Statistics
        4. Routing Statistics
        5. STREAMS Statistics
        6. IP Interface Statistics
        7. Combined Socket, Route, and Interface Statistics
      4. Routing
    6. 5. Naming Services
      1. Domains and Name Services
        1. Name Service Switch
        2. Name Service Switch: Files Orientation
        3. Name Service Switch: DNS Orientation
        4. Name Service Switch: NIS Orientation
        5. Name Service Switch: NIS+ Orientation
      2. Domain Name Service
        1. DNS Servers
          1. DNSTool
        2. DNS Clients
          1. nslookup
          2. whois
          3. dig
            1. Address (A)
            2. Pointer (PTR)
            3. Mail exchange (MX)
            4. Nameserver (NS)
            5. Start of authority (SOA)
            6. Host info (HINFO)
            7. Text (TXT)
            8. Any (ANY)
      3. Network Information Service
      4. Network Information Service+
      5. Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
    7. 6. Host Administration
      1. User Management
        1. The Password File
        2. System Accounts
        3. Choosing Passwords
        4. Superuser
        5. User Cleanup Procedures
        6. The Groups File
      2. Software Package Management
        1. Checking Installed Packages
        2. Package Installation
        3. Uninstalling Packages
        4. Making New Packages
      3. Printer Management
        1. Printing Files
        2. Configuring Printers
        3. Printer Status
        4. Supported Devices
        5. GUI Installation
      4. Quotas
      5. Installing Sendmail
        1. Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
        2. Mail Transfer Agent
        4. Transferring Mail
        5. Message Headers
        6. Commercial Support
    8. 7. File Serving
      1. Samba
        1. The Samba Server
        2. Samba Utilities
        3. The Samba Client
        4. Primary Domain Control
        5. Windows Shares
        6. Troubleshooting
      2. Network File System Servers
        1. NFS Versions
        2. Running NFS
        3. Sharing Volumes
        4. Mounting Volumes
      3. NFS Performance Measurement
        1. Client Performance
        2. Server Performance
        3. vmstat
    9. 8. Data Management
      1. Data Management Principles
        1. Integrity
        2. Reliability
        3. Sizing
        4. Solutions
      2. Revision Control Tools
      3. Understanding Backups
      4. Selecting a Backup Media
        1. Tape Drives
        2. Hard Drives
        3. Zip/Jaz Drives
        4. CD-R Drives
      5. Backup and Restore Methods
        1. tar
        2. dd
        3. cpio
        4. ufsdump/ufsrestore
      6. Backup/Restore Packages
    10. 9. Network Security
      1. Password Security
      2. Secure Shell
      3. Disabling IP Ports
      4. Packet Filtering
        1. IPFilter
        2. SunScreen
      5. Kerberos 5
      6. IPsec
      7. SOCKS Internet Proxy
        1. Peer-to-Peer SOCKS Server
        2. Router-Based SOCKS Server
      8. MD5
    11. 10. Network Information Systems
      1. Understanding Web Information Systems
        1. Web Sites
          1. Static content
          2. Dynamic content
          3. Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
          4. Multitiered applications
        2. Multitier Architectures
        3. Client Technology
        4. Presentation Layer Technology
        5. Object Broking Technology
        6. Business Objects Technology
        7. Database Technology
      2. Configuring a Web Server
      3. Running Servlets
        1. Configuring JServ
      4. Writing Servlets
      5. CORBA
        1. Interface Specification
        2. Method Implementation
        3. Client and Server Implementation
        4. Building the Application
        5. Runtime Execution
      6. Enterprise JavaBeans
      7. Installing a Database Server
    12. Index
    13. Colophon