Service Management (SMF) and DTrace in a day

Last fall we discussed the differences between a Boot Camp, a Deep Dive (aka Boot Camp II), and a Workshop. Since then we have delivered many of these sessions all over the US. And most of the Boot Camp and Deep Dive materials have been posted, although not always easy to find (I'll work on that over the coming weeks). When looking at Mediacast the other day I noticed that Linda Kateley has posted an update to her excellent Boot Camp materials

But what about the workshops ?

Well, let's correct that. This quarter I will start a new series called Teach Yourself Solaris in a Day. This is to supplement already existing web based and instructor led classroom training. That training is put together and delivered by professional educators and is quite good. These new In a Day workshops, like the Boot Camps, will go beyond the "what" of some of this new technology and try to explore some of the "why" (and often times suggest a "where" it might be useful or "where" you might want to look for future developments).

With that behind us, let's do the first two. Teach Yourself Service Management is a self-directed workshop for the Solaris Service Management Facility (SMF). It includes the motivation for SMF, core concepts, the new boot process, troubleshooting, and migration of a legacy RC service. There are labs (with answers) for those that want to practice as they go along. I have to thank Linda Kateley and all of the customers who have attended this workshop for their contributions.

Teach Yourself DTrace is a self-directed workshop for the Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace). This workshop covers the motivation for DTrace, core concepts, examples of the various providers, and some use cases. These materials are based on work done by Jay Danielsen, Andrew Deally, Tom Gendron and Jim Fiori and I thank them for their contributions. This workshop is still under development, but has been posted for your convenience (updates will follow).

What's next ?

How about Solaris Containers, including resource management as well as Branded Zones, ZFS, Rights Management ?

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