Sun Certified Solaris 9.0 System and Network Administrator

Sun Certified Solaris 9.0 System and Network Administrator All-in-One Exam Guide

Paul Watters

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This book is dedicated to my new daughter Nellie

About the Author

Paul A. Watters received his PhD in computer science from Macquarie University. He also has degrees from the University of Cambridge, the University of Tasmania, and the University of Newcastle. He has worked in both commercial and R&D organizations, designing systems and software on the Solaris platform. His commercial interests are focused on Java, Web Services, and e-commerce systems in the enterprise. His research areas include virtual enterprises, secure distributed storage, and complex systems. He has previously written Solaris 9: The Complete Reference and Solaris 9 Administration: A Beginner's Guide, both published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill.

About The Technical Editor

William Shamblin is currently a senior systems programmer at Duke University's Department of Computer Science. He has been working with a variety of Internet technologies over the last eight years as a systems administrator, and has worked with Solaris since SunOS 4.0.


I would like to acknowledge the professionalism and support of the team at McGraw-Hill/ Osborne. Gareth Hancock and Jessica Wilson worked very hard to ensure that this certification title arrived on the market in a timely fashion, but also with a strict commitment to quality. Monika Faltiss and Elizabeth Seymour provided valuable insight and feedback on each chapter, while Dennis Weaver politely but thoroughly corrected every typo and error in the manuscript. The technical editor, Joe Shamblin, was tough but fair. Thanks Joe!

To everyone at my agency, Studio B, thanks for your past and continued support. To Neil Salkind, my agent, thanks for your wisdom and pragmatic advice.

To Bill Moffitt, at Sun Microsystems, thanks for your continued support of my publishing efforts.

Finally, thanks to my family, especially my wife Maya, for always being there, through good times and tough times.

Part I: Solaris 9 Operating Environment, Exam I