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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


Introduction to the Network Administration Graphical User Interface

The network administration GUI is the graphical equivalent to the network command-line interface (CLI). The network administration GUI enables you to view and monitor the status of your network from the desktop, as well as interact with reactive network profiles to manage your 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 network administration GUI can also be used to create and manage locations, which are profiles that simplify the complex task of system-wide network configurations, such as those configurations that require a different name server or security type, or a network interface configuration that must be enabled at different times. The GUI 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 capabilities of the network administration GUI include the following:

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

Accessing the Network Administration GUI From the Desktop

Two components make up the network administration GUI: the Network Status notification icon that is displayed continuously on the desktop panel and the network configuration dialogs. These dialogs can be accessed from the System → Administration menu or by right-clicking the notification icon. The network administration GUI behaves much the same as any other application that has a continuous status notification icon, for example, the power management 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 network configuration. 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 Network Administration GUI and the Network CLI

You can use either the network administration GUI or the network CLI to manage the network configuration and interact with the reactive network configuration. Whether you choose to use the GUI or the CLI to perform a particular task depends on the task and the given situation. For some tasks, the most logical choice is to use the network administration 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 reactive network configuration 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: