Tips from the Trenches
A collection of hints and tips for the Solaris and illumos Systems Administrator.
- On ZFS
- Some comments on aspects of ZFS such as compression
- It turns out that Recursive
zfs send and receive isn't quite as simple and obvious as you would
like. so here's a bit more detail.
- Managing Zones and containers
behind zones and Zones beside zones
- Using Crossbow network virtualization.
- A brief discussion of how to build zones for ease of deployment,
backup, and cloning.
cpu usage by a zone.
- A brief discussion of using the dedicated-cpu and capped-cpu settings.
- Solaris Containers and Shared Memory
- Want to configure shared memory settings in Solaris containers?
- Preconfiguring Containers with sysidcfg
- The extra steps you'll need to be able to configure Solaris 8 and 9
- Zones, multiple interfaces, and routing
- How to set up routing on a Solaris 10 system with zones on different
the Install Footprint
- Rather than minimizing the installed files, perhaps you ought to
think about minimizing installed services instead.
- Notifications from SMF (and FMA)
- How to set up SMF and FMA to email you when there's a problem,
and how it doesn't quite work.
- Setting up Logical Domains
- A short
1 covers the server side, and Part 2 considers
- Software verification of SVR4 packages with pkgchk
- Covers basic usage and a neat trick to verify against the
originally intended state of the package rather than the current state.
the contents file for fun and profit
- SVR4 packaging metadata is just plain text files, here I show one
example of how to modify them by hand to solve a thorny problem.
Stack vs build your own
- Should you use the software components provided by your OS vendor,
or take control of the process and build your own?
current gcc on Solaris 10
- While Solaris 10 comes with a copy of gcc, it's quite old. It's
quite useful to have a newer version around, and this explains how to
get it installed.
- A bigger hammer than svcadm
- Or, how to kill off all the processes associated with an SMF
service when svcadm refuses to cooperate.
- The Oracle Hardware Management Pack
- An extremely useful, but largely unknown, utility that's very
useful on modern Oracle servers.
- Cache batteries on Sun 25xx arrays
- You don't need to actually replace cache batteries just because
you've owned them for a year or two.
- Compressing Backup Catalogs
- Forget about getting NetBackup to compress its catalog, and get ZFS
(or any other compressing filesystem) to do the job instead.
- Solaris Link Aggregation
- A simple walkthrough on using dladm to aggregate several physical
- Making scp go a little quicker
- A little hint to make your scp file transfers go quicker.
The following tips are getting old - they may refer to old versions,
no longer be necessary, or to hardware that's no longer
available. However, they may still be relevant if you have to deal with
old hardware or software.
- 22 July 2009
- Some notes on installing
Xfce on Solaris 10 (refers to Xfce 4.6, which is old).
- 17 Jan 2006
- Some notes on availability
- 16 Jan 2006
- Some raid notes
- 13 Jan 2006
- 3320 quickstart
- 12 Jan 2006
- mpxio quickstart
- 11 Jan 2006
- 3510 quickstart
- 28 Nov 2005
- A brief intro to Projects and Resource
- 12 Jun 2005
- Setting up an install server from iso images
- 21 Mar 2005
- Moving up from installation minimalism
- 18 Mar 2005
- Installation minimalism updated
- 10 Feb 2005
- Setting up Postfix under SMF
- 1 Dec 2004
- Some performance notes
- 23 Nov 2004
- Zone minimalism
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