Solaris Boy on Tour
By scottdickson on Oct 26, 2004
Here at Sun, engineers in the field - pre-sales, professional services, even some support services - have specialty programs called Ambassadors. I've been an OS Ambassador for about 10 years. Every time a new Solaris release comes around, we get extra busy. This year, I'm spending a huge amount of time as "Solaris Boy", giving presentations and workshops around the South on Solaris. The last few weeks, I've talked in Birmingham, Memphis, Knoxville, Atlanta (lots of times), Redmond WA. I'm planning a swing through Florida soon.
Seems like everyone wants to hear about Solaris. Solaris Containers always gets the biggest share of the excitement. It certainly is cool. And simple. Zones let you isolate your workloads for whatever reason you might have. You might want to delegate administration, restrict access to parts of the system, share the system between different organizations. You choose.
But, in a world where there are so many things in life that are over-sold and under-delivered, it seems like parts of Solaris are under-sold and over-delivered. That is, they are extremely powerful, but often overlooked. Little things that make your life easier. Like RBAC, or User Rights Management as it's called in Solaris 10. RBAC is like sudo on steroids. Give out root capabilities on a very restricted basis to whomever needs it, but don't give out root password. Combine it with Solaris audit capability to track who does what. In these days of Sarbanes-Oxley, this is a big deal. No extra add-on products, just regular old Solaris.
And you don;'t have to look far to find more examples.
By the way, I am sure others have mentioned this already, but there is a nice, free, web-based training class from SunEd on New Features in the Solaris 10 Operating System. This is cool! SunEd training prior to the release of the OS. There's also a 5-day instructor-led class on Solaris 10 system administration and a 2-day DTrace class.
Sign up early and often!