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  • As a Solaris administrator of about 10 years now, I'm constantly amazed at the number of misconfigured Sun boxes out there. Beyond the initial setup, Solaris is NOT an easy OS to configure and maintain if you don't know what you're doing. This is especially important when creating a usable and flexible user environment on the machine, which you now seem to know all too well.

    Part of the problem is that too many companies don't know the difference between an experienced Solaris administrator and an administrator coming from another Unix who's "worked on Solaris before" or just has a certification. And some places just don't have the resources to hire more staff.

    But let's not limit this to Solaris. It's also true for the BSD's, AIX, HP/UX, $DISTNAME Linux, and any other OS -- there is simply no substitute for experience for administrators of ANY operating system. Unfortunately, most people don't realize this until disaster strikes.

    • Solaris is not easy to maintain and configure. But Sun will sell more training courses to sysadmins that way...

      -Dom (ex solaris admin)

    • This is my impression as well. It might not be the fault of Solaris itself (although there appears to be a correlation between Solaris and badly maintained machines). It's just that over the time fear has begun creaping up inside me when there's the prospect of having to deal with Solaris.