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Solaris Performance and Tools: DTrace and MDB Techniques for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Hardcover – 20 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (20 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131568191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131568198
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In total, the two books Solaris Performance and Tools & Solaris Internals reviewed here present a new level of knowledge about the internals of Solaris, what they do, how they behave, and how to analyze that behavior. The books are a must for developers, system programmers, and systems administrators who work with Solaris 8, 9, or 10. They are especially useful for users of Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris because of their exploration of the new tools in those releases. These books receive my highest recommendation. "―Peter Baer Galvin, Contributing Editor, Sys Admin Magazine

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"The Solaris™Internals volumes are simply the best and most comprehensive treatment of the Solaris (and OpenSolaris) Operating Environment. Any person using Solaris--in any capacity--would be remiss not to include these two new volumes in their personal library. With advanced observability tools in Solaris (like DTrace), you will more often find yourself in what was previously unchartable territory. Solaris™ Internals, Second Edition, provides us a fantastic means to be able to quickly understand these systems and further explore the Solaris architecture--especially when coupled with OpenSolaris source availability."

--Jarod Jenson, chief systems architect, Aeysis

"The Solaris™ Internals volumes by Jim Mauro and Richard McDougall must be on your bookshelf if you are interested in in-depth knowledge of Solaris operating system internals and architecture. As a senior Unix engineer for many years, I found the first edition of Solaris™ Internals the only fully comprehensive source for kernel developers, systems programmers, and systems administrators. The new second edition, with the companion performance and debugging book, is an indispensable reference set, containing many useful and practical explanations of Solaris and its underlying subsystems, including tools and methods for observing and analyzing any system running Solaris 10 or OpenSolaris."

--Marc Strahl, senior UNIX engineer

Solaris™ Performance and Tools provides comprehensive coverage of the powerful utilities bundled with Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, including the Solaris Dynamic Tracing facility, DTrace, and the Modular Debugger, MDB. It provides a systematic approach to understanding performance and behavior, including:

  • Analyzing CPU utilization by the kernel and applications, including reading and understanding hardware counters
  • Process-level resource usage and profiling
  • Disk IO behavior and analysis
  • Memory usage at the system and application level
  • Network performance
  • Monitoring and profiling the kernel, and gathering kernel statistics
  • Using DTrace providers and aggregations
  • MDB commands and a complete MDB tutorial

The Solaris™ Internals volumes make a superb reference for anyone using Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris.

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Very well written book which covers the information in just enough depth. Not so much it scares/bores but enough to teach you loads and make you make you want to explorer more. Requires very good admin knowledge before reading.
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A really useful book - one slight quibble is that the dtrace scripts often dont work
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Great book, very well written. If you're serious about Solaris, then this title is an absolute must. Not for the beginner, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff - valuable information 5 Feb. 2010
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After seeing Mr. Mauro speak and his host mentioned his book in glowing terms I bought it almost out of curiosity. I'm sure glad I did. This will be a must have for those who want to be "The Man" in any Solaris shop. I wouldn't recommend for any new admins or programmers as the material can get a little esoteric and the explanations are targeted at those with a little depth/experience. Very well written and topics are well demonstrated.

I quickly put much of my new understanding to work on the job to great effect.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 23 Jun. 2013
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I bought it for my company. It's really useful for performance engineer, especially for performance engineer in Sun microsystem. I'm learning.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Aug. 2014
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Excellent service and great reference book; will buy again!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars valuable reference 20 Jun. 2008
By David W. - Published on
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If you need to dig into the internals of Solaris for any reason, this book is a must have, especially for the dtrace and mdb tools which are very powerful but powerfully complex. I use the book as a constant reference for mdb.

I didn't rate it the highest though because it is somewhat inconsistent in the level of explanation offered. Some topics explained thoroughly and others leave one wanting a better explanation.

Nevertheless, it's the only resource of it's kind.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on perfomance monitoring and tuning 12 Dec. 2006
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I been working with solaris for the last 10 years. Some times we had to struggle with performance monitoring and tuning on our highend servers. I think this book gives an excellent opportunity to look back on our architecture and design for the major database and application systems.
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