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in solaris i knew how to do this. Edit /etc/inet/ipnodes, change /etc/defaultrouter, reboot

in opensolaris there is not defaultrouter file.

first thing I tried was System->admin->network switch to manual enter static address and netmask and gateway.

press 'activate'

"this interface cannot be activated". No error messages given.

Close widget, open again. Now hangs for a minute and then closes

try edit /etc/inet/ipnodes, reboot

eth card not up. Network widget hangs then closes

Works perfectly on DHCP

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Your steps for earlier Solaris releases are misleading. Setting a static IP address is done by editing /etc/hostname.<interface> and putting either an IP address (preferred) or a hostname in it. Editing /etc/ipnodes (or /etc/hosts) can be used to change the IP address in the latter case only. /etc/defaultrouter isn't part of a default Solaris or OpenSolaris installation so is created by the administrator either directly or by answering questions at config time. OpenSolaris install with dhcp/nwam enabled so you are not prompted for anything regarding network configuration at installation time. – jlliagre May 17 '10 at 23:37
the fact that the GUI widget totally fails is disappointing, following various google trails shows that this is well known. THose google trails got me working in the end – pm100 May 17 '10 at 23:49
nwam is a work in progress. The one you use is phase 0.5, a lot of improvements are in Phase 1 which should be available if future releases (or already downloadable as beta). – jlliagre May 18 '10 at 0:53
up vote 0 down vote accepted

There is no such thing as "Closed Solaris". As far as your Static IP "issue", click the link below.

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:-) - the first time I have had my nose rubbed in something so elegantly. Ty - I deserved it – pm100 May 17 '10 at 23:08
glad i could help. And i really appreciate that you didn't take my answer as mean spirited, as it was never intended to be that way. – solefald May 17 '10 at 23:18
Solaris 10 and older are Closed (-source) Solaris. – jlliagre May 17 '10 at 23:39

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