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Configuring and Managing Network Components in Oracle® Solaris 11.3

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Updated: December 2017

How to Move IP Configuration From One Network Device to Another Device

Use the following procedure if you need to preserve the IP configuration that is associated with one network device and then move that configuration to another network device. You might perform this procedure as a prelude to removing a network card from the system or when changing a network cable connection.

For example purposes only, this procedure describes how to preserve the IP configuration that is associated with the net0 (e1000g0) device, then apply the configuration to the nge0 device.

  1. Become an administrator.
  2. Display the physical link to device mappings on the system.

    The following example assumes that the IP configuration for e1000g0 is down for whatever reason and therefore the configuration needs to be moved to nge0:

    # dladm show-phys
    net0    Ethernet down     0        unknown   e1000g0
    net1    Ethernet down     0        unknown   e1000g1
    net2    Ethernet up       1000     full      nge0
    net3    Ethernet down     0        unknown   nge1
  3. Disable the IP configuration on the datalink temporarily, leaving its persistent settings intact.
    # ipadm disable-if interface

    For example, you would disable the IP configuration on net0 as follows:

    # ipadm disable-if net0

    This step enables you to rename the datalink without having to recreate its IP configuration.

  4. Rename the datalink.

    For example, you might rename the net0 datalink as follows:

    # dladm rename-link net0 oldnet0
  5. Assign the primary link name to the datalink that is designated to become the primary device.
    # dladm rename-link new-link primary-link

    For example, you would reassign the net0 link name to the net2 datalink as follows:

    # dladm rename-link net2 net0
  6. Re-enable the IP configuration on the newly name datalink. For example:
    # ipadm enable-if -t net0
Example 1  Removing a Datalink Interface

When you perform a fresh installation, all of the datalinks on the system are automatically assigned generic names that use the naming convention, net0, net1, and netN, and so on, depending on the total number of network devices on a system. After the installation, you can assign different names to the datalinks. The following example shows how to change an IP address that was initially provided for an interface, which involves first removing the existing interface:

# ipadm delete-ip net0
# ipadm create-ip net0
# ipadm create-addr -T addrconf net0/new-add

For more information, see Chapter 2, Administering Datalink Configuration in Oracle Solaris in Configuring and Managing Network Components in Oracle Solaris 11.3.