Solaris System Performance Management - SA-400

מק"ט: #20137 | משך קורס: 40 שעות אק'

The Solaris System Performance Management course introduces students to performance tuning principles, monitoring utilities and tuning tools for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). The presentation includes a review of Solaris subsystems and the utilities provided to monitor system efficiency including vmstat, iostat, netstat, mpstat, nfsstat, sar, and DTrace. The course format isolates each major system component that affects the system performance data. Case studies are used to illustrate how performance bottlenecks can be isolated, confirmed through analysis, and resolved through making adjustments to the system configuration. The Central Processing Units (CPUs), memory, and input/output (I/O) systems are reviewed to clarify standard techniques for monitoring each one. Monitoring and tuning virtual memory operations, UFS and ZFS file systems, and network efficiency are discussed as well. The course concludes with a more general examination of the full cycle of identifying and resolving performance impediments. The Solaris System Performance Management course includes lab exercises to reinforce skills development.

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קהל יעד

Students who can benefit from this course Senior System Administrators and others concerned with monitoring effective performance of Solaris systems.


  • Describe performance management fundamentals
  • Use the Solaris OS tools to analyze performance
  • View and set kernel-based tuning parameters
  • Monitor and report on process and thread activity
  • Modify CPU scheduling and virtual memory operations
  • Describe system caches and system buses
  • Tune I/O, ZFS and UFS File System, and network subsystems

תנאי קדם

  • Describe fundamentals of TCP operations
  • Employ advanced systems administration skills in a networked Solaris OS server environment
  • Install and configure the Solaris OS
  • Manage pseudo and distributed file systems
  • Create and manage logical volumes

משך הקורס

משך הקורס הינו 40 שעות


Introducing Performance Management

  • Describe the principles of performance tuning
  • Describe the performance tuning process
  • Understand the terms used to describe performance aspects
  • List the kstat based utilities
  • List the procfs based utilities
  • List DTrace based utilities
  • Use the kstat command


  • List the Advantages of DTrace
  • Describe the DTrace Architecture
  • List the Four Parts of a Probe Decription
  • Define a Probe Clause
  • Write and Execute DTrace Commands
  • Write some Simple Dtrace Scripts
  • Download and Use Scripts from the DTrace Toolkit

Using the Solaris OS Monitoring Tools

  • Describe and use monitoring tools provided with the Solaris OS
  • Describe and use kstat based utilities
  • Describe and use procfs based utilities
  • Describe online resources for third-party utilities
  • Enable system accounting

Viewing and Setting Tuning Parameters

  • View tuning parameters
  • Set tuning parameters

Monitoring Processes and Threads

  • Describe a process
  • Describe threads
  • Compare the performance of single-threaded and multithreaded processes
  • Monitor processes
  • Describe and use lockstat(1M)

Managing CPU Scheduling

  • Control and Monitor CPUs
  • Describe scheduling
  • Display and change scheduler parameters
  • Change the scheduling behavior of a process
  • Describe and use Solaris Resource Manager projects and the Fair Share Scheduler (FSS)

Monitoring System Caches

  • Describe a cache
  • Describe the characteristics of a cache
  • Identify cache problems associated with multiple CPUs
  • Identify cache problems associated with cache design

Performing Memory Tuning

  • Monitor memory utilization
  • Describe virtual memory
  • Cache disk-based files
  • Identify paging statistics
  • Describe swapping
  • Identify the memory requirements of an application
  • Identify memory shortage in a system

Managing Systems Buses

  • Describe a bus
  • Describe the prtdiag utility
  • Diagnose the problems associated with buses

Performing I/O Tuning

  • Describe the characteristics of a SCSI bus
  • Describe the time components of disk I/O
  • Describe driver and bus features that enhance performance
  • View disk and bus device properties
  • Describe I/O performance planning
  • Describe VERITAS Volume Manager and Solaris Volume Manager
  • Tune the I/O subsystem

Tuning UFS

  • Monitor file system performance statistics
  • Describe OS services that affect UFS performance
  • Describe application behavior that affects UFS performance
  • Tune UFS parameters to improve system efficiency
  • Tune UFS parameters to match application workloads
  • Describe alternative file systems to UFS

Solaris ZFS Filesystem

  • Describe the basic concepts of ZFS
  • Identify the layers of the ZFS architecture
  • Create a ZFS storage pool
  • Create a ZFS filesystem hierarchy
  • Describe and create a ZFS snapshot
  • Describe and create a ZFS clone
  • List storage pool Performance Considerations
  • Describe ZFS Tunable parameters

Monitoring Network Performance

  • Describe TCP
  • Describe the performance of network hardware
  • Monitor network performance with Solaris utilities

Maintaining System Performance

  • Describe steps for maintaining system performance
  • Set up system accounting
  • Describe common utilities for measuring system performance and identifying problem applications
  • Describe specific types of bottlenecks and methods for reducing them
  • Describe a basic method for maintaining system performance

Performance Testing

  • Plan to conduct performance testing
  • Understand common pitfalls.