Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2011 20:45 UTC, submitted by Straylight
Oracle and SUN I just emerged, blinking, from the world of Skyrim, only to realise Sun Oracle has released the 11th version of Solaris (well, technically it's the 7th, but okay, we'll roll with it). I'll be honest and upfront about it: Solaris is totally out of my league, and as such, it's very hard for me to properly summarise what this release is all about, so I won't even try.
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Does it have good GUI Admin tools?
by benali72 on Sat 12th Nov 2011 12:42 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

Does Solaris have comprehensive, easy-to-use GUI tools for administrators? When I supported it years ago, its GUI admin tools were rather skeletal and really not much used by most admins.

In contrast, the GUI admin tools for AIX were excellent, and those for HP/UX pretty decent. In AIX world you really didn't need to do command line administration at all (except in special cases).

Did Solaris admins ever join the GUI world?

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d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

So you haven't discovered the Solaris Management Console, have you?
Furthermore, I never administered a system in the GUI since most of my systems were core installations, from which I removed 50 or 60 useless packages (FibreChannel, iSCSI, Infiniband, J2SE, J2RE, and many others if they were unused) and added only the ones that I needed. The GUI wasn't on that list. The footprint of such an installation was 300MB.
I've applied custom hardening profiles using SUNWJass afterwards and a decent firewall configuration on each system independent of the switches, firewalls, routers, load-balancers in front of me and always used IPSec between servers, even adjacent ones.
That's why my servers were never hacked "Sony style". It's much better to be paranoid than to recover from a hack. Having so little software on the systems meant that upgrades always worked like a charm and that I almost never met with bugs in software. Reducing the complexity of the system to the absolute minimal (and slightly beyond, if possible) is the way to go.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Does Solaris have comprehensive, easy-to-use GUI tools for administrators? When I supported it years ago, its GUI admin tools were rather skeletal and really not much used by most admins.

In contrast, the GUI admin tools for AIX were excellent, and those for HP/UX pretty decent. In AIX world you really didn't need to do command line administration at all (except in special cases).

Did Solaris admins ever join the GUI world?


According to the Solaris 11 launch video Oracle has some pretty comprehensive management tools that allow you to manage the whole thing: Middleware, operating system and hardware with the ability to link into Oracle so that if a hardware part is failing you can order a replacement straight from the console etc. The downside is that they've EOL'ed much of their hardware (check the EOL and removed features) which is good for those running the latest machines but bad for those who wish to have the latest features but not upgrade the hardware.

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