I want to permanently change the hostname on a Solaris box. How do I do that?

7 Answers 7


Assuming that you have allowed the operating system to configure the primary interface for you, there are three (3) files you must change:


<interface> will be the primary ethernet interface for the system. Some examples (depending on your architecture) will be bge0, hme0, e1000g0, eri0, qfe0. Here's an ad-free answer for future reference.

Also change the savecore directory to reflect the new hostname in /etc/dumpadm.conf, and you may also need to edit /etc/inet/ipnodes, depending on the exact version of Solaris.

  • It's important to mention here, as per RealAdmin's answer that the savecore directory /var/crash/<hostname> and dumpadm configuration should be changed too when changing the hostname. Mar 13, 2012 at 10:11

They don't make it easy, do they?

Answer here: http://www.tech-faq.com/change-hostname-solaris.shtml

  • Thanks! I actually got to that page from Google, but my eyes totally missed the answer due to the rampant ads.
    – Mike Ottum
    Jun 5, 2009 at 0:36

The supported way of doing this is to run the sys-unconfig command, then reconfigure the host with the desired name.


to piggyback off gary chambers--here's a more authoritative source! His answer is correct though, I give him all the credit for that, but I take a Reaganistic approach to external sources...trust--but verify!


section 5.1: Modifying the IPv4 Address and Other Network Parameters to Persist Across Reboots

taken from: System Administration Guide: IP Services > Part II TCP/IP Administration > Chapter 5 Configuring TCP/IP Network Services and IPv4 Addressing (Tasks) > Configuring Systems on the Local Network > How to Change the IPv4 Address and Other Network Configuration Parameters

Also in versions earlier than 11/06, do the following:

# vi /etc/inet/ipnodes

<IPoflocalhost> <updatedhostname>


sys-unconfig may be the supported way of doing this, but it completely hoses the entire configuration of the machine and you have to re-configure a reboot (from the LOM or system controller). What a pain.

also issue the command hostname new_hostname and a reboot is not required. You must also rename the /var/cras/hostname file and update the /etc/dumpadm.conf file and change the hostname.


uname -S <new-hostname>
to change the hostname of a running system. Beware that the change will be lost upon reboot. To make them permanent, modify the files indicated by Gary Chambers.

#ifconfig -a

lo:  e1000g0 : <----- Ur interface Name

#vi /etc/hostname.<interface> hostname hostname

save and exit

#svcadm restart network

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .