Certification: Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator
Certification Full Name: Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator
Certification Provider: Oracle
Exam Code: 1z0-821
Exam Name: Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

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"Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration Exam", also known as 1z0-821 exam, is a Oracle certification exam.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015
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Certification Overview

The certification covers important administration skills like the management of storage devices on the computational device being used, managing the system of files, installation and un-installation of Oracle Solaris 11 patches and packages and performing the boot sequence for a computational device running of the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system.

Who can do this certification?

Efforts of making successful candidates from this certification are directed towards individuals who have a strong base in administering Oracle Solaris 11 operating system at the level set by the Oracle certified associate. The targeted candidates should also possess a sound knowledge of the UNIX operating system along with the command line utilities.


Successful Candidates of this certification are well versed with the installation process of the Solaris 11 operating system, software update, administering services and data storage, Solaris zone management and software user management.

Associated Exam

1Z0-821 is the official exam code for this certification. The exam time span is of 120 minutes. The exam has questions included in the test is 81. A 64% or above score is essential to pass. Test takers need to answer questions in MCQ format.


Test takers do not need to meet any other requirements. The candidates interested can earn this certification whenever they think they are ready for the exam.

Topics Covered

Below list of learning topics will help for preparing for the exam:

  1. Installing of the Solaris 11 operating system using an installation wizard.

    The installation process of the Solaris 11 operating system on to a computational device is to be studied. The installation process is completed through an installation wizard that will help the user by prompting user for the required input. The candidates must be able to handle/troubleshoot all errors arising during the installation process.

  2. Management of the updates for the Software packages.

    This topic covers the important concept of image packing systems (IPS). Candidates must be able to update the Solaris 11 operating system using image packing system. The exam will also test the troubleshooting skills possessed by the candidate so as to tackle the problems.

  3. Service administration.

    The candidates are required to explain the Service management facility and its purposes. The exam will test the candidate's ability to administer the Service management facility. System boot sequence and system shut down sequence are another area of interest in the exam. Troubleshooting skills during the entire process will form an integral part of the exam.

  4. Data storage administration.

    This topic covers the ZFS concept. The candidates will also be tested on their ability to trouble shoot all problems that may occur during the storage and file system administration.

  5. Oracle Solaris Zone administration.

    The candidates are required to explain the different zones in the Oracle Solaris 11 operating system. The candidates should exhibit skills to determine in which zone the system is operating currently and what are the system resources that are being used at that particular instant. The exam requires both the administering and troubleshooting Oracle Solaris zones.

  6. Basic Network Administration.

    The candidates are required to be familiar withbasic networking concepts. The network interface configuration and administrationare an integral part of the exam. The candidates are required to check for network actions, data transfer link availability and troubleshoot all network problems.

  7. User account set-up and administration.

    The exam requires the user to set up and manage user accounts. The user initialized file management is another area of focus in the exam. The shell scripts are used to work on complex and repeatable jobs that are required in the user account administration. The candidates are also required to handle the user disk space quotas. Troubleshooting all errors in the above mentioned processes forms an integral portion of the questions that appear in the test.

  8. Controlling access to system files.

    This topic covers the access control mechanism for both systems and files. The candidates are required to use authentication so as to sanction access to various files and systems.

  9. System processes and task management.

    This topic includes the administration of the various system processes. Troubleshooting any error that occurs during the processes forms an integral part of the exam. The candidates should be well equipped in order to control and manage the system log data. The candidates should be able to explain the key features and purposes of the core files, the files belonging to the core and crash dumps.

Validity of the Certification

The expiration of the validity doesn't take place until a new update in this category or a small upgrade to the existing certification takes place.

Expert Review

Candidates looking for mid-level promotions or who want to shift from development roles to systems administration can derive maximum value from this certification. The course objectives of this certification ensure that the candidate has adequate knowledge of administering an Oracle Solaris 11 system. This certification also ranks high in ROI value.

Sayed Jafri, Liberty Property Trust

Islamabad, Pakistan


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