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Configuring and Managing Network Components in Oracle® Solaris 11.3

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Updated: December 2017

How Profile-Based Network Configuration Works With Other Oracle Solaris Features

Reactive network configuration mode works with other Oracle Solaris networking technologies as follows:

  • Virtual machines: Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly Logical Domains) and Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Reactive profiles work with both Oracle Solaris hosts and guests. However, reactive network configuration mode manages only the interfaces that belong to the specified virtual machines without interfering with other virtual machines on the system.

  • Oracle Solaris Zones and stack instances

    Reactive profiles work in global zones or in exclusive stack non-global zones. However you cannot configure reactive profiles for a shared stack zone, as the network configuration for shared stack zones is always managed in the global zone.

  • Dynamic Reconfiguration (DR)

    The system's network configuration supports the dynamic reconfiguration (DR) feature and hot-plug features for systems that have these capabilities. You can use these features to add or remove a device, regardless of which NCP is currently active (a reactive NCP or the DefaultFixed NCP). However, the behavior of the system varies depending on the type of NCP that is currently active.

    When the Automatic NCP or another reactive NCP is active and a device is plugged in, the NCP automatically creates IP configuration for the newly added device. If the device is removed from the system while a reactive profile is currently active, the IP interface for the device is unconfigured. When the DefaultFixed NCP is the active on the system, you must explicitly configure the IP interface after you add the device. You must also explicitly remove the IP configuration prior to removing the device.

    For more information about dynamically configuring devices, see Managing Devices in Oracle Solaris 11.3. For more information about performing dynamic reconfiguration when you are using a fixed profile, see How to Replace a Network Interface Card With Dynamic Reconfiguration in Configuring and Managing Network Components in Oracle Solaris 11.3.