How To: Confirm Link Speed for a Network Interface

Here’s a one liner that is really useful when you need to quickly confirm the link speed for network interfaces on your system.

The beauty of this command is that you can run it as a regular user:

bash-3.00$ kstat -p | grep link_speed
 e1000g:0:Port Stats:link_speed 1000
 e1000g:1:Port Stats:link_speed 1000

Using nohup for existing processes

Most of you are probably aware with the fact that by default any processes you may have running within your session will be killed once you terminate the session. The most common example is logging onto a remote server via SSH, starting some command … [Continue reading]

Using Service Controller to confirm battery status

I've been working with a support engineer on replacing an SC battery in one of T2000 servers recently, and noticed that immediately upon rebooting a server it may not be possible to get battery and fans stats because prtdiag command wouldn't work … [Continue reading]

prstat – a great tool for process monitoring

Solaris administrators with solid Linux experience are usually installing top on their systems because of convenience. Quite a few administrators are aware of prstat but don't see benefits of using its format which somewhat differs from top. And … [Continue reading]

Welcome to 2012!

Hi all, happy New Year! Just thought I'll take a few minutes to welcome you to the new year and to thank you once again for staying with the Solaris Blog for so long! My plans for this blog are quite humble in the view of Solaris not being a … [Continue reading]

Oracle Sends a Strong Message about Sun Microsystems

Really glad to see the address Larry Ellison gave to all the Sun customers on the Oracle website: more money to develop SPARC more money to develop Solaris dramatic improvement in Sun's hardware performance through tight integration with … [Continue reading]

Share your Solaris OS experience and win a prize!

Just got an email from the Frontline Systems representative about a competition they're running at the moment. … [Continue reading]

Changing hostname in Solaris

I had to change the host name in one of Solaris zones today, and just out of curiousity looked into /etc/init.d/network script. That's how I learned a new (to me) option of the uname command, which seems to be specific to Solaris: uname -S … [Continue reading]

Solaris 10 patch return codes

Now that some of the systems I have to regularly patch are Solaris 10 ones, I have to get used to the new patch return codes which one can see when applying one of the Sun's recommended patchsets. It's similar to the Solaris 8/9 patchset installation … [Continue reading]

Shared-IP and Exclusive-IP in Non-Global Solaris Zones

Just a few days ago I've been busy configuring one of the Solaris 10 zones on a DMZ server, and sure enough I hit one of the most common IP-related issues with non-global zones. Shared IP configuration for non-global Solaris zones By default, … [Continue reading]