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Connecting Systems Using Reactive Network Configuration in Oracle Solaris 11.1     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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1.  Reactive Network Configuration (Overview)

2.  Creating and Configuring Reactive Network Profiles (Tasks)

3.  Administering Your Reactive Network Configuration (Tasks)

4.  Using the Network Administration Graphical User Interface

Introduction to the Network Administration Graphical User Interface

Accessing the Network Administration GUI From the Desktop

Differences Between the Network Administration GUI and the Network CLI

Functional Components of the GUI

Interacting With Reactive Network Profiles 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

How to Switch From One Network Profile to Another Network Profile

Adding or Removing a Network Profile

Editing Network Profiles

How to Edit a Fixed Network Profile

How to Add or Remove Connections

Working With Priority Groups

How to Move a Network Connection to the Always Enabled Group

How to Remove a Network Connection

Creating and Managing Locations

How to Change a Location's Activation Mode

How to Switch From One Location to Another Location

Editing Locations

How to Edit a Location

About External Network Modifiers

About the Network Modifiers Dialog

How to Add a Command-Line ENM


Functional Components of the GUI

The network administration GUI includes several functional components that are used to accomplish virtually the same tasks that you can perform by using the CLI. Table 4-1 describes each of these components. Note that some dialogs can be accessed or opened in several ways. Also, some dialogs display different information, depending on how the dialog was accessed. Specific information about these differences are noted in the related sections throughout this chapter and explained in detail in the online help.

Table 4-1 Network Administration GUI Primary Components

How to Access
Network Status notification icon
Method for viewing the status of your network and interacting with the network from the desktop. The icon also contains a contextual menu that can be accessed to create and manage network configuration by using the GUI.
  • By viewing the icon, which is displayed on the desktop panel's notification area at all times.
  • By hovering your mouse over the icon to display a tool tip that provides information about your current network status.

  • By clicking the icon, which displays the Network Preferences dialog.

  • By right-clicking the icon, which opens its contextual menu.

Network Preferences dialog
Method for switching between reactive and fixed network profiles. This method is also used for enabling and managing the two primary network profile types, the system-defined Automatic profile and multiple user-defined network profiles. The Automatic and user-defined network profiles manage network configuration for individual network interfaces.

This dialog is also used to configure IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for individual network interfaces and to manage favorite wireless networks.

  • By clicking the Network Status notification icon on the desktop.
  • By choosing System → Administration → Network from the Main Menu bar on the desktop panel.

  • By choosing Network Preferences from the Network Status notification icon's contextual menu.

Network Locations dialog
Method for creating, enabling, and managing the properties of system-defined and user-defined Location profiles. Locations specify certain elements of a network configuration, for example a naming service and firewall settings, that are applied together when required.
  • By choosing Network Locations from the Network Status notification icon's contextual menu.
  • From the Connection Status view of the Network Preferences dialog, click the Locations button.

Join Wireless Network dialog
Method for joining wireless networks and managing a list of favorite networks.

Note - This dialog opens automatically if you attempt to add a wireless network and more information about that network is required.

  • By selecting the Join Unlisted Wireless Network option in the notification icon's contextual menu.
  • By clicking the Join Unlisted button in the Wireless Chooser dialog.

  • By clicking a notification message that says, “No wireless networks found. Click this message to join an unlisted wireless network.”

Wireless Chooser dialog
Method for choosing and connecting to a wireless network.
By clicking a notification message that says, “interface disconnected from ESSID. Click this message to view other available networks.”

Note - This dialog opens automatically whenever you have a choice of available wireless networks to join.

Network Modifiers dialog
Method for adding external network modifier applications that are capable of creating or modifying the network configuration.

This dialog is also used to stop or start the network modifier. For information about network modifiers, see About External Network Modifiers

  • By clicking the Modifiers button in the Connection Status view of the Network Preferences dialog.
  • By right-clicking the Network Status notification icon, then selecting the Network Modifier Preferences menu item.