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This section describes the internet and network configurations that you can set.
By default, Oracle Solaris uses a feature called Network Auto-Magic (NWAM) to simplify network configuration. The Network preferences tool enables you to configure this feature.
The NWAM feature simplifies basic network configuration by automatically configuring and managing wired and wireless networks. NWAM addresses basic Ethernet and wireless configurations and enables you to perform various networking tasks, such as connecting to wired or wireless network at startup and configuring new wired or wireless networks. The NWAM feature also simplifies more complex network configurations, such as system-wide network configuration. In addition, this feature displays informational messages about the current status of your network connection and the overall health of your network.
Other feature capabilities include:
Multiple concurrent network connections
Detection of hot-plug events
Network modifiers support, for example, virtual private network (VPN) client applications.
Network configuration is managed by storing desired property values in the form of profiles. NWAM determines which profile should be active at a given time depending on the current network conditions, then activates that profile.
The two primary profile types are the Network Profile, which specifies the configuration of individual network interfaces, and Locations, which specify system-wide network configuration. The individual components that make up the network profile are referred to as network connections. You can use this application to configure and manage both types of profiles.
For more information about using NWAM, see Part I, Network Auto-Magic, in Oracle Solaris Administration: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization.
The Network Proxy Preferences enables you to configure how your system connects to the Internet.
You can configure the Oracle Solaris Desktop to connect to a proxy server, and specify the details of the proxy server. A proxy server is a server that intercepts requests to another server, and fulfills the request itself, if it can. You can provide the domain name or the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the proxy server. A domain name is a unique alphabetic identifier for a computer on a network. An IP address is a unique numeric identifier for a computer on a network.
Since you might need to use a different proxy configuration in different places, Network Proxy Preferences enables you to define separate proxy configurations and switch between them through the Location setting at the top of the window. Choose New Location to create a proxy configuration for a new location. To remove a location, select it and click the Delete Location button at the bottom of the window.
The network proxy preferences are described in the following table.
Table 9-4 Network Proxy Preferences
If you use hosts that should connect to the Internet directly without a proxy, add them to the Ignore Host List in the Ignored Hosts tab. When you access these hosts, you will connect to the Internet directly without a proxy.
The Remote Desktop Preference tool enables you to share a Oracle Solaris Desktop session between multiple users, and to set session-sharing preferences.
The following table lists the session-sharing preferences that you can set. These preferences have a direct affect on the security of your system.
Table 9-5 Session Sharing Preferences