posted by Amjith Ramanujam on Mon 15th Dec 2008 21:48 UTC
IconEven the most experienced Linux admin can sometimes feel frustrated trying to do a simple task in a new *nix environment like Solaris or BSD. This quick tutorial should ease the transition and clarify the most common terminologies in Solaris 10.

This is not a run of the mill n00b intro to a Unix OS. This tutorial is intended for seasoned Linux admins and it does not waste time on explaining the obvious.


Filesystem Layout
High level directories under / and a detailed look at /usr
The Automounter
The automounter is a method of mounting NFS shares "on demand".
Sudo and Root
There is no
NFS Shares
NFS mount points are listed in /etc/dfs/dfstab.
Process Monitoring
No top in Solaris, but instead there is prstat.
Package Management
".pkg" files for packages and pkg-get in place of apt-get.
Managing Services
Equivalent of RC scripts and ways to start/stop/restart services
Disk Management
Volume management, Mount points, Formatting disks etc
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