Over the past year or so I've been writing a lot of How To Guides for different technologies. While we have really excellent product documentation (including the best set of manual pages available on any UNIX or Linux platform), the various How To Guides we have help to complement some of that learning, giving administrators a chance to learn the motivations for different technologies with a simple set of examples. Not only are they fun to research and write, they're also one of the more popular items on our Oracle Solaris 11 technology pages on OTN.
So here's a link to bookmark and come back to on a regular basis: Oracle Solaris 11 How To Guides. We've got an excellent line up of articles there, and below is a list of the ones I've been involved in writing. Let us know if there are technologies that you think a How To Guide would help with and we'd be happy to get them onto our list!
|Taking your First Steps with Oracle Solaris 11||An introduction to installing Oracle Solaris 11, including the steps for installing new software and administering other system configuration.|
|Introducing the basics of IPS on Oracle Solaris 11||How to administer an Oracle Solaris 11 system using IPS, including how to deal with software package repositories, install and uninstall packages, and update systems.|
|Advanced administration with IPS on Oracle Solaris 11||Take a deeper look at advanced IPS to learn how to determine package dependencies, explore manifests, perform advanced searches, and analyze the state of your system.|
|How to create and publish packages with IPS on Oracle Solaris 11||How to create new software packages for Oracle Solaris 11 and publish them to a network package repository.|
|How to update your Oracle Solaris 11 systems using Support Repository Updates||The steps for updating an Oracle Solaris 11 system with software packages provided by an active Oracle support agreement, plus how to ensure the update is successful and safe.|
|Introducing the basics of SMF on Oracle Solaris 11||Simple examples of administering services on Oracle Solaris 11 with the Service Management Facility.|
|Advanced administration with SMF on Oracle Solaris 11||Advanced administrative tasks with SMF, including an introduction to service manifests, understanding layering within the SMF configuration repository, and how best to apply configuration to a system.|
|Using svcbundle to create SMF manifests and profiles in Oracle Solaris 11||This articles covers a new utility introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.1, svcbundle, and shows how developers and administrators can use it to integrate their applications with SMF more quickly.|