System Administration Guide: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization

Overview of NIC Driver Properties

NIC driver properties that are configurable by using the dladm command fall into one of two categories:

Properties of a NIC driver are typically set with default values. However, certain networking scenarios might require you to change specific property settings of a NIC. These property settings can be either public or private properties. For example, a NIC might be communicating with an old switch that does not properly perform autonegotiation. Or, a switch might have been configured to support Jumbo frames. Or, driver specific properties that regulate packet transmission or packet receiving might need to be modified for the given driver. In this Solaris release, all of these settings can now be reset by a single administrative tool, dladm.