How to list network interfaces in Solaris10

March 29, 2010

If you have a Solaris box with few NIC cards configured. You can list them as follows:

# ifconfig -a

ifconfig -a
lo0: flags=2001000849<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST,IPv4,VIRTUAL> mtu 8232 index 1
inet netmask ff000000
vsw0: flags=1000843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2
inet netmask ffffff00 broadcast
ether 0:14:4f:fa:95:15

And you’d get the output as shown above. So this is reflecting on localhost and one virtual switch vsw0. But what about other NIC cards? You can list all of the network cards at once using the following command:

ifconfig -a plumb

ifconfig -a

This will list all the network devices available on the Solaris Box. So even if you have a freshly installed Solaris machine with no interface configured, you can use the above command to list the network cards and then proceed with configuring them.

Mount cdrom manually in Solaris

March 18, 2010

It actually happens a number of times that although you’ve inserted the disc in a sparc machine but still it refuses to mount the disk. One of the workaround is to restart the vold and vomgt daemons. But even the if you don’t see your cdrom mounted, you can do it manually as mentioned below:

First find the cdrom, i.e. we need to know the x in cxtxdx.

Fire the following command to find the actual path of cdrom:

ls -al /dev/sr*

This would look like something as follows:

bash-3.00# ls -al /dev/sr*
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     root          12 Mar  8 14:14 /dev/sr0 -> dsk/c1t0d0s2

So here my cdrom is /dev/dsk/c1t0d0sx

We’re not yet sure about the slice no. so I’ve mentioned sx in above line.

Now we’ll ltry to mount the above slice manually:

mount -F hsfs /dev/dsk/c0t1d0s2 /mnt/cdrom

hsfs mount: /dev/dsk/c1t0d0s1 is not an hsfs file system.

If this fails then we can try for another slice:

mount -F hsfs /dev/dsk/c1t0d0s0 /mnt/cdrom

And it works this time, meaning our cdrom was at s0 slice.