I’m happy to announce the release of my new book, “Oracle ™ Solaris 11 System Administration.” The book officially arrived June 21, 2013 but some warehouses are still waiting to receive their stock. Most should have it by July 1. I have it available now at the UnixEd bookstore.
This is my 10th Solaris book. I started working on this book in early 2012 shortly after Solaris 11/11 was released. As with my previous books, I take my time to do it right. I’m the only author, no co-authors. I do this to maintain consistency in the writing style and to avoid organizational issues. Other publishers take the fast track and hire multiple authors to create a book to get it to market first. In my opinion, we have enough of those books and the inconsistencies drive me nuts.
I thought I was finished with this book last fall and then Solaris 11.1 was released during Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Solaris 11.1 was the first major release of Solaris 11, and as many of you are aware, the first release typically has many changes. Therefore, I put off releasing the book until I could update it to Solaris 11.1. I’m glad I waited. Currently, this is the only book that covers Solaris 11.1. Throughout the book, I’ll explain the differences from Solaris 11/11.
Unlike my previous Solaris books, this book is a complete reference rather than a certification study guide. If you want to use it to prep for the exam, it covers all of the topics in depth, it just doesn’t have the end of chapter questions and the exam review, which I feel is just a lot of fluff. In addition, the exams change too often to make that material very useful after the first exam update. I’ve published exam preps in the past but, not everyone wants to take the exam. Many want a book that introduces a topic and takes the reader through everything the System Administrator should know about that topic, including step-by-step examples. That was my intention with this book. My previous books were published under Que, this book is through Prentice Hall. I chose Prentice Hall because I have always been impressed with their technical books and their full line of Solaris references. Prentice Hall has a great reputation in the Solaris community. Most of the Solaris books on my shelf are from Prentice Hall.
As many of you know me, I work on the Solaris certification exams with Oracle. As a Solaris Subject Matter Expert, I have helped create the OCA (1Z0-821) and OCP (1Z0-822 and 1Z0-820) exams. I know what you need to pass the test, so please just read the book, study it and you will have no problem passing the OCA. In fact, this book covers many topics on the OCP exam such as configuring virtual networks, managing system resources, configuring zones, and managing IPS. My second book (still in the works) will cover more advanced topics such as using the Automated Installer to install multiple hosts, Solaris Auditing, and System Performance Monitoring and Tuning.
If you plan to take the exam, checkout my previous blog entry titled “Oracle Solaris 11 Certification Study Tips.”
Take a look inside the book, you’ll find the table of contents and full description here. This link also points you to other resources associated with this book including a discussion forum. Review the table of contents and feel free to ask me questions. Enjoy the book, keep it close by, and may the material in this book help you better your skills, enhance your career, and achieve your goals.
My Best Regards,