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Network configuration in Oracle Solaris 11 includes the following key features:
Profile-based network configuration – Network configuration is profile-based. There are two configuration modes: manual (fixed) and automatic (reactive). The switch between network configuration modes no longer takes place at the service level (as in Oracle Solaris 11 Express), but at the profile level.
Single network SMF service – The svc:/network/physical:default SMF service manages network configuration for both the manual and automatic network configuration modes. The output of the svcs -a command shows this service as disabled.
Naming services configuration through SMF – The primary repository for the configuration of all naming services is now the SMF repository. Previous behavior that required you to modify a configuration file to make specific changes to a naming service configuration no longer works.
Generic datalink name assignment – Generic names are automatically assigned to datalinks using the net0, net1, netN naming convention, depending on the total number of network devices that are on the system.
Support for virtual network interface cards (VNICs) – VNICs are new, pseudo interfaces that you create on top of datalinks. Along with virtual switches, VNICs are the building blocks of a virtual network. You can create and modify VNICs in a system or in a zones environment. See Part III, Network Virtualization and Resource Management, in Oracle Solaris Administration: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization.