on 9 June 2014
Potential purchasers should note that there is absolutely no coverage of Solaris Basic Security Module (BSM) Auditing. The brief section on 'audit' doesn't even mention the BSM audit (which is now on by default in Solaris 11+). Given how important detailed audit trails are, not just for compliance but for good systems admin practice, makes it very surprising that there is no coverage.
The section on ZFS was well written and structured nicely, and it cleared up some concepts that I had been unclear on from my time using ZFS on FreeBSD.
This book is not geared up for those sitting exams - there are no test cards, chapter reviews etc. The companion website is sparse to the point of useless.
For someone looking to go into Solaris admin, it would be better to get the "Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook" (4ed, 2010) by Nemeth et al, and supplement by reading the Solaris documentation on Oracle's website.
on 8 September 2013
This book gives a good general presentation of Solaris 11. The layout is clear, and its late publication allowed the inclusion of some specific features of Solaris 11.1. It can be used to prepare the OCA/OCP exams, but would probably be incomplete in that aim. It does not target these exams anyway. First there are missing chapters for this, such as nothing on AI method of install. Also there is no self quiz that can be used as test, or examples of questions.
I think that those who plan to try them, need to read the OCA exam guide from Michael Ernest. Even if this last one is also missing on some subjects for which a direct consultation of the Oracle online documentation is possible. I liked the progression of Ernest's book, with a long development on projects/tasks resource management, making it easier to introduce the concept of zones. But the book of Bill Calkins may be closer to the Oracle official documentation, and many small irritating mistakes (such as the number of possible secondary groups, or the definition of a ZFS dataset) are not there.
In conclusion, these 2 books are interesting, and give a different overview of the system. The clear choice of Bill Calkins to forget about 1Z0-82x exams, makes it better for those who don't care about certification.