How is UNIX Solaris for a Linux Admin
By Karim Berrah on Nov 22, 2013
Playing with UNIX on a laptop.
The interesting thing, for a Linux Admin, is that he can leverage his Linux Skills and quickly see, play and learn, from Solaris, either by installing the UNIX operating system inside a Virtual machine, or directly download a ready to use VirtualBox Solaris VM.
Another way is to directly learn some How-To and features, by viewing some live video demo from YouTube.
What to demonstrate
The first short video is about a well known feature of Solaris, regarding the Data management: ZFS. It doesn't replace a Solaris Training, but it is highlighting in 16 minutes, how a sysadmin have access to ZFS (management), how to create virtual File Systems, how to use automated Data protection (database for example), how to provision disk capacity, use Data Compression, Data Deduplication, create snapshots and clone files.
The second video is about how two features of Solaris, the Image Packaging System (aka IPS) and the Boot Environment Administration (BEADM) greatly simplify the day of a SysAdmin, and greatly reduce the risks when changing his Operating System environment, by providing a safe and secure way to rollback to a previous well known state, without using any third party backup tools.
The third video is about the Operating System virtualization, showing how a SysAdmin can create "on-the-fly" completely separated Solaris environments for applications. The demo is also leveraging the File System virtualization and the network virtualization.