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Solaris Admins?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Methodman85, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Methodman85

    Methodman85 Byte Poster

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    I've been seeing a lot of job postings for Solaris Admins in my area lately. I was wondering how simular it is to windows, and how hard the transition would be. I'm guessing most of the same concepts would be the same, but they would just be carried out in a different way.

    Can anyone shed some light? Would a Solaris Admin need to be more of a programmer than a Windows admin?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    *Very* different. Solaris is a variant of Unix, with all that implies. And even there the admin side is quite different from your average Linux machine. While it has a GUI, few admins use it.
    Any good Unix admin needs to be good at shell, but that is probably as far as the 'programming' requirement goes. And being a Windows Admin wouldn't get you far!

    Harry. (Who has to admin a Solaris box, and is not finding it easy despite many years on Unix generally)
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    what he said ^

    I used to love using Unix at uni, my system at work up untill 3 years ago was running on Solaris. It's all shell based (a bit like DOS but the commands make more sense).

    The commands used very rarely bring up are you sure yes or no, so you need to know what you are doing on it.
     
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  4. Methodman85

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    Hrmm I see, thanks for the info guys.
    I guess there are a few companies that are finding it hard to find replacement solaris admins, hence the continued postings.
     
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  5. hbroomhall

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    All too often companies offer derisory pay for Solaris admin work. A good professional would ignore such ads out of hand!

    Harry.
     
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  6. Methodman85

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    Good to know, thanks :biggrin
     
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  7. sunn

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    I couldn't agree with Harry more...

    After administering Unix boxes for years (past life), I was never prepared for the Solaris boxes when we got them. Took sometime to get comfortable.
     
  8. grim

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    i did unix...think it was solaris 4.2 at uni.

    If you wanna cheat (or as i liked to think of it, using your initiative) you can change the unix commands to DOS 8)

    Grim
     
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  9. Methodman85

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    So what is the most popular non MS OS that's used in enterprises today?
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Windows! Oh, wait, that's Microsoft...

    ...umm...

    ...hold on, I'll come up with one in a minute... :hhhmmm
     
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    macs are used a fair bit

    Grim
     
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  12. hbroomhall

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    Depends on the enterprise. With us these days it is Solaris. About 2 years ago it was Debian. About 10 years ago it was FreeBSD.

    It all depends on what the company is trying to do, and the expertise in that company.

    Harry.
     
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  13. fortch

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    In the U.S., particularly in government agencies, Solaris work is highly sought after and well paid, providing you can get a clearance. Most big iron runs on Solaris, or some other form of bigbox Unix (HP).
     
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