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Solaris & Veritas(VCS, VxVM, Veritas Netbackup)

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  Hi friends,
 i have newly joined in this forum, i m SUN certified Solaris Admin having 2 yr exp..recently i faced some questions By a branded MNC.These are some common question based on real time scenario. plz i request you  can you provide me as early as possible please...

       UNIXLOG Solaris L1/L2 interview questions:

- What would be the action u'll take if ur root file system get full(like 98%).
- diff kind of patches.What is the need to install paches.
- What r the diff level of RAIDS.(In Detail like how to setup diff RAIDS with commands)
- Why we implement RAID 5.
- In which case we use RAID 1 and RAID 5.
- Diff bettween diff SUN Servers (eg v440 and v 480)
- like how to check file system status
- how u monitor logs and rotate logs
 - NFS daemons.How to share files Across n/w.
- some user admin commands.(Like how to add /delete/modify user credential info,how to see passwd status,how to update      /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow file ),how to check passwd consistency,change file permission,RBAC)
-IMP Troubleshootings on sol,vxvm,vcs
 -And some basic commands...

 Solaris, VxVM, Cluster L1/L2 and L3 also Interview questions

1. How do you replace a failed boot disk under meta in solaris? Step by step explanation?
2. How do you remove meta only for the root slice? remaining slices should run under meta?
3. what you would do if you want to replace a slice using metareplace option?
4. what is the significance of 51% state database replicas in SVM?
5. what are the common errors you find in Solaris Volume manager?
6. You have a boot disk under svm, the machine fails to boot and remains in ok prompt? what could be the possible reason?
7. metastat -p shows a metavolume needs replacement. Metavolume is a single way mirror only. Actually you find disk and metavolumes are ok and I/O is happening to the filesystems… how will you remove the metareplace message that comes out of metastat.
8. How to create a shared disk group in VxVM?
9. What is the difference between private and public regions in Veritas Volume manager?
10. what would you do if the private region of a particular disk group is full? What are the design considerations for the size of private region in Vxvm disk group?
11. How to replace a corrupt private region? in vxvm 4, 5 and greater versions…
12. How would you convert a volume from gen to fsgen? why should you do that?
13. How can you unencapsulate a boot disk in VxVM?
14. How to identify multiple paths for a disk.
15. What is the difference between Vxdmp and EMC powerpath?
16. vxdisk -o alldgs list o/p shows some disk groups in braces… What does that signify?
17. what are the various layouts that are available in VxVM?
18.What is a layered volume? how to create it using vxmake?
19.How to quickly mirror a volume, if the volume is empty?
20. How to grow a volume?
21. What is the difference between failing and failed disks?
22. How to replace a failed disk in Veritas?
23. Plex is in a disabled state. How will you recover? what are the steps to follow?
24.what is the difference between detached and disassociate state of plexes?
25. Whats the boot process of VxVM?
26. Whats the difference between SVM and VxVM? What would you recommend to your clients? why?
27.What are the various clusters you have worked on?
28. Which cluster is better VCS or Sun cluster?
29. Compare and contrast VCS and Sun Cluster. will you start VCS service? What are the configuration files in VCS?
31. How would switch a service group?
32. How would you freeze a service group?
33. What is a Split brain scenario ?

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I don't think its right to provide answers like this & moreover its a pretty lengthy list which includes many of non symantec product questions as well...

Moreover just getting the questions answered won't make the concepts to you .. You should start reading some invaluable guides like

-- Solaris system adminstration part 1 & part 2

-- Solaris network adminstration

-- Veritas volume manager admin guide

-- Veritas cluster server admin guide


all veritas docs can be found at


All solaris docs can be found on oracle website (



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Interview questions?? This looks more like a full-blown Solaris and SF/HA EXAM all in one!

Good luck!