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Solaris™ Operating Environment Boot Camp by Dominic Butler, David Rhodes

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The Importance of a System Administrator

“Just put it in the corner and we will switch it on when we need it.”

“Yes, we know what to do; we have used a PC before.”

“Leave it there, I'll sort it out later.”

These are some of the misconceptions that users have when installing their first UNIX system. They assume the machines can sit happily in the corner and be switched on and off whenever they require to use them, and that they will function correctly throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately, this isn't the case—the machines are much more complex than that.

The reason for this is mainly because they provide the user with a level of services that is not available on many non-UNIX machines. These services include facilities such as:

  • The ability ...

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