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A quick introduction to Solaris

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One last post before Christmas. Lately I’ve been seeing lots of Linux admins coming to Solaris boxes and getting confused – unable to find the right commands, unaware of the Solaris tools, generally just struggling to get to grips with an unfamiliar operating environment.

I rate Solaris very highly – it comes with some amazing tools, and is superbly tuned to the needs of the enterprise. This isn’t always aligned with the needs of developers and hackers, though – but once you get comfortable with the tools in Solaris, you’ll start to wonder how you managed without them.

I was going to type up a nice long document, but then I remembered that Ben Rockwood, over at Cuddletech, had already written An Accelerated Introduction to Solaris 10.

It’s a good read, and should help bring anyone up to speed who has a Linux background. One thing – please please take the time to read up on RBAC (linked from Ben’s post). RBAC is infinitely more powerful than sudo, and you will find RBAC+LDAP a totally invaluable skill to use within the datacentre.

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