I will have to deal with some Solaris machines in a couple of months, but I am a born and raised Linux admin (since like, 1997). Even so, Unixes are Unixes and even if they have their differences, many things are easier to grasp.

What I would like are resources and tips from the Server Fault community about the most critical/different points so I can focus on learning those.

I already have: Solaris to Linux Migration (IBM Redbook) and Linux to Solaris Administrators Guide (Sun). Any tips are welcome :)


It depends if you are maintaing a Solaris 10 machines or the older ones (9,8). For solaris 10, some of the commands are almost the sames with Linux. If you are a bit unlucky like me you need to dig more for Solaris 8 and 9 commands, which makes a lot of different.

Important areas from my point for administering the box for Solaris 10 that a Linux Admin need to know are:

  1. SMF - Service Managemenet Framework (in linux it is services, rc and chkconfig)
  2. Jumpstart (kickstart and cloning in linux)
  3. RBAC and pfexec (something better than sudo)
  4. DTrace Toolkit (i put DTrace last although this is the main sol 10 features, since this not high priority for admin, but more for perf troubleshooting and etc)

Other than that... read LKSF book by Joerg Moellenkamp.


I like the Unix Rosetta Stone - http://bhami.com/rosetta.html Also covers other flavors of Unix.

System Administration Quicksheets (in PDF) - http://www.tablespace.net/quicksheet Solaris PDF is good. Talks about basic tasks (mirroring, hardware) and includes some of Solaris 10's eccentricities.

Solaris Tips and Tricks - http://sysunconfig.net/unixtips/solaris.html This one has some OBP stuff too which is quite handy.


It is a good kick-start: http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/sysadmin_guide.pdf

And a brief introduction to Solaris: http://www.cuddletech.com/blog/pivot/entry.php?id=562

An FAQ for folks coming from Linux: http://hub.opensolaris.org/bin/view/Community+Group+documentation/newbie_faq

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