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Can anyone suggest a good book for Learning Solaris 10.

I know the Bill Calkins books but they are certification centric.

There is Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook as well which covers all flavors of Linux and Unix (Solaris,HP Unix and AIX).

Is there a good book which is entirely dedicated towards the 'practical' side of Solaris 10 Administration.


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It's difficult to find many books about the practical side of Solaris 10 administration for a few reasons:

  • The official documentation from Sun/Oracle is a great resource by itself.
  • The technology has changed quickly in the last few years and any book would soon be out of date.
  • There are several newer books about OpenSolaris, but bear in mind that practical OpenSolaris administration can be significantly different from Solaris 10 administration.

I'll try and point you towards the Solaris 10 resources that I find most useful, assuming you have a basic knowledge of Unix concepts:

I completely agree about existing official documentation, including Advanced Administration Guide, and the detailed guides for various operations and management. To learn more about CIFS and ZFS, there are outstanding guides again, part of the official documentation. New DTrace book:… is definitely outstanding. I wish I had more time to spend with it. I will second the warning about OpenSolaris. Definitely, make sure that keep this in mind, as differences are not always obvious. – slashdot May 29 '11 at 16:45
The "Less known Solaris Features" tutorials are also a good source to complement that list. – pconcepcion May 31 '11 at 12:54
@pconcepcion: Wow, I've read Joerg's blog before but never noticed that. Good find! – Tom Shaw May 31 '11 at 13:00

The OpenSolaris Bible is a great resource for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris. Bonus, you get to know things that will come in Solaris 11.


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