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Old 03-03-2008
Network interface not found ?

I have just installed Solaris 9 x86 in a VMWare and the 1st problem I have is to enable the networking. I can only see the loopback interface and nothing else.

- I dont have any /etc/
- ifconfig -a shows only the loopback
- kstat -c net shows only the loopback ...

Any ideas ?

Thanks in advance for your help,
# 2  
Old 03-03-2008
maybe use solaris nevada... it has a better vmware support.

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i never tried solaris 9 in vmware...
# 3  
Old 03-03-2008
see if you can get a list of attached devices under prtconf or /etc/path_to_inst. off the top of my head i don't exactly remember which will give you better output. but you'll probably see bge0, ce0 and so on. try and plumb the device if you can find it.
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Old 03-03-2008
Originally Posted by pupp
see if you can get a list of attached devices under prtconf or /etc/path_to_inst. off the top of my head i don't exactly remember which will give you better output. but you'll probably see bge0, ce0 and so on. try and plumb the device if you can find it.
its a vmware machine! so it should be vmnet0 or something like thet. but i don't know if solaris 9 runs in a vmware environment!
# 5  
Old 03-03-2008
haha good point. i kinda glazed over that. well... i only have limited experience with vmware but i'm trying to remember if it was something on vmware's side of the deal. because it should be auto discovering that interface right? maybe a "properties" kinda thing and you need to specify how vmware is to allocate interfaces.
# 6  
Old 03-03-2008
so i checked out this pdf: looks as if solaris 9 is good to go for an install.

also looking over some of this stuff. i found this.
Solaris 10, 32‐bit guests supports the Flexible network adapter driver. If VMware Tools is installed on the guest,
the adapter driver identifies itself as Vmxnet. If VMware Tools has not been installed on the guest, the adapter
driver identifies itself as pcn.
After installing the Solaris 10 Operating System on a virtual machine, the pcn driver appears. Install VMware
Tools and reboot the virtual machine to ensure that the default pcn driver switches to vmxnet.
now i know its solaris 10 but this could be very similar to what is going on in 9. does vmware tools need to be installed in order to make this interface come up as vmxnet?
# 7  
Old 03-04-2008
This was a double post so I deleted it, sorry

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