Feb 172009

By default, OpenSolaris doesn’t broadcast the hostname on the local network, just the IP address. To rectify this, find out what network interface you have (often nge0) by running ifconfig -a. It’ll be the one with the IP address given by the router (i.e., not

Then, as root, edit the file /etc/default/dhcpagent. Find the line # CLIENT_ID=, delete the # to uncomment the line, and append your hostname. Find the line # REQUEST_HOSTNAME=no and change to REQUEST_HOSTNAME=yes. As documented in that file, you also need to edit your /etc/hostname.<if> file, where <if> is your network interface (often nge0), adding the line inet hostname.

You can then either reboot the machine, or renew the DHCP lease on a console on the machine (since it will disconnect you from any SSH sessions). As root, first execute ifconfig <if> dhcp release to discard the current lease, then ifconfig <if> dhcp start to start DHCP on the interface again. Complete documentation can be found through the man ifconfig and man dhcpagent pages.

Result: I can see the hostname through the DHCP server now, which I couldn’t before, but I still can’t see it from the Windows box. So that’s another piece of the puzzle to track down.

Mind you, I need to give the Solaris box a static IP address for serving websites, so the DHCP naming thing is moot. It would be nice to be able to ssh <hostname> from other machines on the network rather than using the IP address though.

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