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Special Edition Using® Solaris™ 9 by Tanuj Jain, Radhika Girisan

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Monitoring Network Activity

Network activity is an important factor that affects system performance. Monitoring the network activity of a system enables administrators to resolve and avoid problems. Solaris provides a number of commands, such as ifconfig, netstat, snoop, and ping, that help in monitoring network activity. This section discusses the use of these commands for monitoring network activity.

The ifconfig command

The ifconfig command is primarily used to assign network addresses to newly installed systems. In addition, the command can be used to redefine the system network address. For monitoring performance, you need to use the –a option with the ifconfig command. This option describes flags, Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU), index, ...

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