Solaris to Linux Migration: A Guide for System Administrators

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 02 February 2006, updated 03 February 2006

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ISBN-10: 0738496081
ISBN-13: 9780738496085
IBM Form #: SG24-7186-00
(446 pages)

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Authors: Chris Almond, Mark Brown, Chuck Davis, William Dy, Paul Ionescu, Jeff Richardson, Kurt Taylor, Robbie Williamson


The goal of this IBM Redbooks publication is to provide a technical reference for IT systems administrators in organizations that are considering a migration from Solaris to Linux-based systems. We present a systems administrator view of the technical differences and methods necessary to complete a successful migration to Linux-based systems, including coverage of how those differences translate to two major Linux distributions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

The book is designed primarily to be a reference work for the experienced Solaris 8 or 9 system administrator who will need to begin working with Linux. It should serve as a guide for system administrators that need a concise technical reference for facilitating the transition to Linux.

The book also provides details about how to leverage the additional industry-leading technologies in IBM eServer xSeries servers, IBM POWER technology-based systems (iSeries/pSeries), and IBM eServer zSeries systems that make them very powerful and flexible platforms for hosting Linux-based solutions.

Table of contents

Part 1. Background and planning
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Planning for migration
Part 2. System administration differences guide
Chapter 3. Operating system installation
Chapter 4. Disks and file systems
Chapter 5. Software management
Chapter 6. Device management
Chapter 7. Network services
Chapter 8. Boot and system initialization
Chapter 9. Managing system resources
Chapter 10. Printing services
Chapter 11. Users and groups
Chapter 12. Monitoring and performance
Chapter 13. Backup and restore
Chapter 14. Security and hardening
Chapter 15. Linux high availability overview
Chapter 16. Shell scripting
Chapter 17. Troubleshooting
Part 3. IBM eServer platforms
Chapter 18. IBM eServer xSeries hardware platform specifics
Chapter 19. IBM POWER technology hardware platform specifics
Chapter 20. IBM eServer zSeries and IBM System z hardware platform specifics
Appendix A. Tasks reference
Appendix B. Commands and configuration files reference
Appendix C. UNIX to Linux Porting: A Comprehensive Reference (table of contents and sample chapter)
Appendix D. Example: System information gathering script
Appendix E. Additional material

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