Sun Solaris 10 - Understanding Sun Solaris 10’s New Service Management Facility


Sun Solaris 10 is VERY different from previous versions of the operating system. It makes use of its new Service Management Facility. This software runs all processes and helps to control them and their dependencies as well as whether or not they need to be started when the server starts.

The main two commands you need to remember are svcadm and svcs

Sun Solaris 10 - How to setup a SAMP Server + VSFTP + phpmyadmin (Solaris Apache2 Mysql5 Php5)


This tutorial assumes you have some basic knowledge of how to use Unix and/or Linux and you have already installed and setup your Sun Solaris server. If you have not, please check my other tutorials on setting up a Sun Solaris server and come back to this tutorial. I will be right here waiting for you!

Okay let’s get started, and as always we are assuming you have installed and have pkg-get working with blastwave set as your mirror site.


Let’s take a look at the available packages to install first.

# pkg-get –a | grep mysql

This should output a good list of packages. I am going to install mysql 5 for this tutorial.

# pkg-get install mysql5

Sun Solaris 10 - Installation Guide to Sun Solaris 10

The Install Process
I will be very detailed on the install process and explain each aspect as if you are new to unix. Please feel free to skim through this section if you have previously installed Unix or Linux.
You will need to first go to Sun’s website and download the 5 Sun Solaris 10 x86 CDs or the Sun Solaris x86 DVD. For this tutorial we will be installing the x86 version of Sun Solaris 10. After you have downloaded these CDs or DVDs, burn a copy of them so that  you can install them on your machine. Insert in the install disc and boot up your PC.

Sun Solaris 10 - Post Installation - Basic configurations and General Usability

So I am assuming you have successfully installed Sun Solaris 10 and you are able to login to the terminal or the GUI. This tutorial will go over all the basic settings and how to make changes. After you have mastered how to edit the basic settings of Sun Solaris 10 you can read my other articles on how to setup services such as apache, mysql, dns, and others.

Sun Solaris 10 - Post Install Advanced Configurations

Let’s understand the pkg-get more thoroughly:
Let’s say we want to list all available packages to install, we would type this:
pkg-get –a

But there are a lot of packages so let’s just find packages having to do with apache.

pkg-get -a | grep apache

# pkg-get install top
Cron is laid out a little different from the Linux distros. Let’s say you want to edit the crontab file, you will want to edit the root’s crontab file, so access it here:

# vi /var/spool/cron/crontabs/root

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