Red Hat Linux // RH290

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Solaris Administrators

Leverage existing Solaris skills for your Red Hat Enterprise Linux migration.

Course Description

When migrating platforms, it is critical to ensure that in-house professionals have the skills to maximize performance and maintain efficiency across the entire system. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Solaris Administrators (RH290) quickly but completely covers many of the hands-on, practical skills needed when migrating from Sun Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

The course focuses on the differences between the two operating systems, covering Red Hat Enterprise Linux equivalents to Solaris-specific technologies like applying software patches, automating deployment with kickstart, and using advanced filesystem features. In addition, the course demonstrates how to use RPM, yum, Red Hat Network (RHN), and Kickstart to manage your environment.


This course is intended for Solaris administrators who are contemplating a migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and want to understand the difference in required skills. This class is also valuable for experienced Solaris system administrators transitioning to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform and Solaris administrators seeking a transition course that will help them work towards Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification


Before attending this course, students should have:
  • Experience in Solaris at the power user, network operations, or system administrator level
  • Two years of Solaris experience installing server operating system and software, troubleshooting servers, and configuring and securing servers and services

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, you will understand:

  • Finding documentation and help
  • Controlling the boot process, kernel modules, and initialization
  • Managing the software lifecycle with yum and Red Hat Network
  • Creating and modifying partitions and logical volume management (LVM) volumes
  • Managing and securing access to systems and services
  • Collecting and reporting system information
  • Performing automated installations using Kickstart
  • Saving kernel crash dumps over the network
  • Managing iSCSI disks and using multipath
  • Managing device naming with udev
  • Analyzing systems and services using SystemTap

Course Outline

1. System overview

  • Important differences between Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, including their directory structures and commands
  • Where to get more documentation

2. System configuration

  • Configure and access various consoles for local and remote administration
  • Hands-on interaction with new tools

3. System initialization, services, and shutdown

  • Explore the x86 boot process, kernel modules, and initialization
  • Manage service startup and shutdown

4. Software and update management

  • Manage software lifecycle with yum and Red Hat Network

5. Special devices

  • Understand and modify the partition table
  • Create and manage logical volumes and iSCSI
  • Manage disks using multipath

6. Filesystems

  • Expand storage by adding new or reconfiguring existing filesystems

7. Security and authentication

  • Securely access systems and services using the Netfilter kernel-level firewall
  • Enforce security with SELinux

8. System monitoring

  • Collect system information, monitor system activity, and generate reports
  • Set up logging, kernel monitoring, and profiling

9. Enterprise deployment

  • Perform automated installations of Red Hat Enterprise Linux using kickstart
  • Save kernel crash dumps to disk and over the network