Creating an IPMP Group on Solaris 11

Solaris 11 brings some fantastic new networking features in the form of Project Crossbow. These features include virtual network interface cards (vnics) and virtual switching (etherstubs), flows for controlling bandwidth and network utilisation and more detailed analytics and observability functions just to name a few. Along with these advanced new features, many of our old favourites are enhanced to make life easier for the already busy systems administrator.

Gone are the days of messing with /etc/hostname.* files to create your IP multipath groups. Solaris 11 gives you a new command – ipadm – to help you cut through all the tedium of setting up IPMP:

ipadm create-ipmp ipmp0
ipadm add-ipmp -i e1000g1 -i e1000g2 ipmp0

It really is as simple as that.

Here's my catchphrase, and you heard it first: The Power of Crossbow Compels You (to upgrade to Solaris 11)!

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Ben is an Enterprise Architect in the Oracle Systems sales consulting business in Melbourne, Australia. This blog focuses on Solaris and Oracle Sun servers, storage and networking.

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