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About the Author

Bill Calkins is a Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris operating environment. He is owner and president of Pyramid Consulting Inc., a computer training and consulting firm located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializing in the implementation and administration of Open Systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in Unix system administration, consulting, and training at more than 150 different companies. Bill has authored several Unix textbooks, which are currently best sellers and are used by universities and training organizations worldwide:

  • Solaris 2.6 Administrator Certification Training Guide Part I (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 157870085X)

  • Solaris 2.6 Administrator Certification Training Guide Part II (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 1578700868)

  • Solaris 7 Administrator Certification Training Guide: Parts I and II (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 1578702496)

  • Solaris 8 Training Guide (CX-310-011 and CX-310-012): System Administrator (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 1578702593)

  • Inside Solaris 9 (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 0735711011)

  • Solaris 9 Training Guide (CX-310-014 and CX-310-015): System Administrator (New Riders Publishing, ISBN: 0789729229)

In addition, Bill has worked with Sun Press and Prentice Hall as a technical editor and a major contributor to many of their Solaris titles.

Bill's professional interests include consulting, writing, teaching, and developing Web-based training materials.

Bill consults with Sun Microsystems Professional Services and assists in the development of Solaris training and testing materials for the education division at Sun Microsystems. Bill consults with the certification group at Sun Microsystems and assists with the development of Solaris certification materials and exams.

Bill works as an instructor in both corporate and university settings, and has helped thousands of administrators get their certification. His experience covers all varieties of Unix, including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, Linux, and SCO. When he's not working in the field, he writes Unix books and conducts training and educational seminars on various system administration topics. He draws on his many years of experience in system administration and training to provide a unique approach to Unix training.

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