Installing Perl modules in Sun Solaris is not as straight forward but is not very difficult as well. Perl module installations in Sun Solaris needs GNU Make rather than the default make tool installed. And, requires using perlgcc to build the Makefile.PL than the default perl binary.
In the past we have to mess around with the NDD commands and stats tools like kstat to find the network link status, speed, duplex information in Sun Solaris. With Solaris 10, this has become much easier with the dladm utility.
dladm is the admin utility for Data-Link Interface which helps to display informarthe like Link Status (UP/DOWN), Speed, Duplex, MTU, VLAN Tagged and crucially statistics of network traffic on each of the interfaces historically as well as in real time. dladm can also configure and admin Link Aggregation on multiple NICs which we will not focus here.
PCP is a very useful security and adminitration script that can help you quickly find Processes (PIDs) having particular TCP Port(s) open, TCP ports open by specific PIDs or even list all the TCP Ports open by all PIDs running on your system.
IP packet forwarding is the process of routing packets between network interfaces on one system. A packet arriving on one network interface and addressed to a host on a different network is forwarded to the appropriate interface.
In Solaris 10, IP Forwarding can be enabled or disabled using the routeadm & ifconfig commands as against the ndd commands in Solaris 9 and earlier. The advantage is the change dynamic and real-time and the change persist across reboot unlike the ndd command.
Do you you DHCP to get the IP Address for your Solaris Server or workstation then its worth understanding what your DHCP Agent by default requests for from the DHCP server and help avoid certain network issues like “unknown” hostname issue as I’ve descrbed here.
The DHCP Agent by default requests for the
Encapsulated Vendor Option (vendor specific information as described in RFC 2132)
If you are using DHCP to receive IP Address for your Sun Solaris system, you may end up with no hostname assigned to the system. This can be confirmed when there is no hostname at the prompt or if the output for the command “hostname” is as follows:
or the /etc/hosts file has an entry as follows:
# cat /etc/hosts
# Internet host table
192.168.0.3 unknown # Added by DHCP