Bill Calkins

Bill Calkins in the owner of UnixEd a provider of training in Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, RedHat, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Suse, CentOS FreeBSD and Oracle Linux operating systems since 1994.

Working with rsyslog in Solaris 11

In this exercise you will: Install rsyslog and setup rsyslog to log messages to individual log files.  You’ll setup a central rsyslog server and configure an rsyslog client to send messages to the central server. You’ll also learn to customize the message format using templates. Setup:Perform this exercise on any system that has access to …

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Setup a Syslog central Server on Solaris

Description: Setup a server to send syslog messages to a central syslog server Setup: For the example, I’ll use two virtual servers in VirtualBox. “solaris” will be the host sending syslog messages to “logserver,” a second VM.  Logserver is a server that you will setup as a central syslog server. For this exercise, “solaris” has an …

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Update ILOM Firmware on a SPARC T4-1

In this example, I’m going to update a SPARC T4-1 to firmware version 8.9.10 1.  Check for the latest version of firmware at this URL: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/patches/firmware/release-history-jsp-138416.html The following table is displayed showing the firmware updates for the entire SPARC family: 2. Scroll down to locate your server. Click on the most recent update in the …

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Console Mode in Solaris 11 Gnome Desktop

How do I open a console window in the Solaris 11 Gnome Desktop? This question comes up occasionally- especially in my transition courses where I have administrators migrating from previous version of Solaris.  In those versions of Solaris, administrators used the Java Desktop (Solaris 10) and the Common Desktop Environment also called CDE (Solaris 9).  The …

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Setup X11 Access to the Solaris GUI Gnome Desktop

Many of my blog posts come from questions that I receive in the classroom as I travel around the world teaching Solaris, Linux, AIX and HP-UX.  I tell my students that I learn something in every class that I teach- even when I teach the Fundamentals UNIX course.   It’s because there are so many different …

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An option to vi – the nano editor

Many of my students are new to Solaris, have no previous UNIX experience and they always seem afraid of the vi editor.  I understand, it’s a rather cryptic environment, especially for those admins coming from a Windows or other GUI based environment.    Here’s an editor, available in Solaris 11, that I give to them as …

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Setting Up a Solaris Lab – VirtualBox

Virtual Environments provide an excellent “sandbox” for you to try out and get some real hands on experience with Oracle Solaris™ (x86).    I’ve run Oracle Solaris (x86) in both VirtualBox™ and VMware™, but I prefer VirtualBox.   After installing your Virtual Machine, you can add and clone additional Virtual Machines and start up more than one …

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Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

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 …

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Accessing the SPARC System Console (ALOM)

“How do I access the OpenBoot prompt on my SPARC system?”  or, “How do I access the system console on my SPARC system?”   I address these questions in chapter 3 of my new book, “Solaris 11 System Administration.”   For a complete discussion, pick up a copy of my book, because you really need to understand the entire …

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