Network Auto-Magic

One of the projects we recently started staffing in my Solaris networking Quality Engineering (QE) test development team is Network Auto-Magic. The concept is to provide an easy way to do network configuration, especially for machines that change frequently change their locations, like laptops.

After updating my laptop to the most recent Solaris Nevada build recently, I used the opportunity to install the Network Auto-Magic package from opensolaris.org. So far it has made using Solaris a lot easier. The user experience is much more straightforward.

Previously you'd have to do a manual ifconfig or use a Sun company-internal GUI-based network configuration tool every time you boot up and connect to the network. Now, things are done automatically by the Network Auto-Magic Service Management Framework (SMF) service. The laptop user experience that I've had so far is similar to Windows XP in that regard, you just plug into the network and you're connected. No more clunky ifconfig plumb commands.

So far the Network Auto-Magic project is still under development, but even at this early stage, I think this is a great way to increase our Solaris laptop user base.

The screenshot above is from this presentation.

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