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Watters' Guide on Solaris 8 Operating Environment
Network Configuration
February 25, 2002,
Volume 48, Issue 4

Paul Watters covers all aspects of deploying the SolarisTM 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) in his book "Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide" as an enterprise-level network operating system, with a focus on e-commerce. Written for experienced network administrators who want an objective guide to networking with Solaris OE, the book covers installation on the Intel and SPARCTM platforms and shows how to set up Solaris OE as a file server, application server and database server.

"Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide" covers all aspects of deploying Solaris OE as a network server, including both basic and advanced network services. Given newfound interest in Solaris OE as an enterprise network operating system, this guide is aimed at supporting enterprise-level services. It's written for experienced network administrators who want an objective guide to networking with the Solaris OE.

In its coverage of advanced topics, "Solaris 8 Administrator's Guide" offers examples of configuration files and the installation of third-party software packages. This comprehensive book also contains more conceptual and difficult material that is absent from other Solaris OE reference manuals. Emphasis is placed on issues such as evaluating the security, scalability and reliability of specific software packages--at the expense of providing detailed coverage of every available package.

The book covers the practical experience and skills needed to understand the impact of new services and software products on existing server systems. Author Paul Watters, a recognized authority on the Solaris OE, avoids so-called "historical" services like UUCP, which can easily fill chapters but are not commonly found in today's production environments. Instead, the practical focus is on supporting relevant contemporary networking technologies.

There is a sample chapter, "Network Configuration," available online. This chapter explains how to configure a network based on the Solaris OE, including the configuration of single or multiple network interfaces, static and dynamic routing and network troubleshooting. In addition, examples for enabling devices and testing interfaces are provided.

To view the chapter online:

http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/solaris8/chapter/ch04.html "

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