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1.  Overview of the Networking Stack

Network Configuration in This Oracle Solaris Release

The Network Stack in Oracle Solaris

Network Devices and Datalink Names

Administration of Other Link Types

Part I Network Auto-Magic

2.  Introduction to NWAM

3.  NWAM Configuration and Administration (Overview)

4.  NWAM Profile Configuration (Tasks)

5.  NWAM Profile Administration (Tasks)

6.  About the NWAM Graphical User Interface

Introduction to the NWAM Graphical User Interface

Accessing the NWAM GUI From the Desktop

Differences Between the NWAM CLI and the NWAM GUI

Functional Components of the NWAM GUI

Interacting With NWAM From the Desktop

Checking the Status of Your Network Connection

How to Show Details About an Enabled Network Connection

Controlling Network Connections From the Desktop

Joining and Managing Favorite Wireless Networks

How to Join a Wireless Network

Managing Favorite Networks

Managing Network Profiles

About the Network Preferences Dialog

Viewing Information About Network Profiles

Switching From One Network Profile to Another Network Profile

Adding or Removing a Network Profile

Editing Network Profiles

How to Open the Network Profile Dialog

Working With Priority Groups

Creating and Managing Locations

How to Change a Location's Activation Mode

How to Switch From One Location to Another Location

Editing Locations

About External Network Modifiers

About the Network Modifiers Dialog

How to Add a Command-Line ENM

Part II Datalink and Interface Configuration

7.  Using Datalink and Interface Configuration Commands on Profiles

8.  Datalink Configuration and Administration

9.  Configuring an IP Interface

10.  Configuring Wireless Interface Communications on Oracle Solaris

11.  Administering Bridges

12.  Administering Link Aggregations

13.  Administering VLANs

14.  Introducing IPMP

15.  Administering IPMP

16.  Exchanging Network Connectivity Information With LLDP

Part III Network Virtualization and Resource Management

17.  Introducing Network Virtualization and Resource Control (Overview)

18.  Planning for Network Virtualization and Resource Control

19.  Configuring Virtual Networks (Tasks)

20.  Using Link Protection in Virtualized Environments

21.  Managing Network Resources

22.  Monitoring Network Traffic and Resource Usage



Introduction to the NWAM Graphical User Interface

The NWAM graphical user interface (GUI) is the graphical equivalent to the NWAM command-line user interface. The NWAM GUI enables you to view and monitor the status of your network in the desktop, as well as interact with NWAM to manage Ethernet and wireless configuration. In addition, you can perform various networking tasks from the desktop, such as connecting to a wired or wireless network at startup and configuring new wired or wireless networks. The NWAM GUI can also be used to create and manage locations, which are profiles that simplify the complex task of system-wide network configuration. The GUI component includes a feature that displays notifications about the current status of your network connection, as well as information about the overall condition of your network environment.

Basic feature capabilities of the NWAM GUI include the following:

The NWAM GUI manages network configuration the same way that the NWAM CLI does, by storing desired property values in the form of profiles on the system. The NWAM service determines which profile should be active at a given time, based on current network conditions, and then activates the most appropriate profile.

Accessing the NWAM GUI From the Desktop

There are two components that make up the NWAM GUI: the Network Status notification icon that is displayed continuously on the desktop panel and the network configuration dialogs that can be accessed both from the System -> Administration menu or by right-clicking the notification icon. The NWAM GUI behaves much the same as any other application that has a continuous status notification icon, for example, the power management icon or the printer icon. These applications enable you perform certain tasks by accessing their right-click (context) menu or by using configuration dialogs that are accessed from either the icon or from various preferences menus.

The panel icon is your most frequent point of contact with NWAM. The icon shows whether you are currently connected to a wired or wireless network. By hovering your mouse over the icon, a tool tip displays additional information, such as the currently active NCP and Location profile. By right-clicking the icon, you can change basic network configuration of your system, such as connecting to a different wireless network.

Clicking (left-clicking) the panel icon opens the Network Preferences dialog. This dialog can also be opened from the System ->Administration menu. Here, you can perform more detailed network configuration such as defining static IPv4 and IPv6 addresses, setting connection priorities, managing External Network Modifiers (ENMs), and creating groups of network settings for use in different locations.

Differences Between the NWAM CLI and the NWAM GUI

You can manage network configuration through NWAM by using either the CLI or the GUI. Both user interfaces can be used to manage the network configuration and interact with the NWAM configuration. Whether you choose to use the CLI or the GUI to perform a particular task depends on the task and the given situation. For some tasks, the most logical choice is to use the NWAM GUI. An example would be checking the status of your currently active network connection or choosing a wireless network to connect to at startup. These tasks can be more easily and quickly performed by directly interacting with NWAM from the desktop through the GUI. For more complicated tasks, such as specifying a script as the start and stop method for a new ENM, you might choose to work in the command-line mode.

Although the CLI and GUI are essentially the same, the following differences should be noted: