There are several different ways to check the link status(up/down) in solaris. Below are several methods, with examples, to check network link status of Ethernet interfaces in Solaris. Some of the methods like dladm were not available in solaris 8 and 9. In that case we can use kstat and ndd commands.
1. Checking /var/adm/messages file for errors
Most of the times, link down messages are logged in the /var/adm/messages file. You just have to search through the file for the right error.
Sep 18 11:51:08 server1 qfe: [ID 349649 kern.notice] NOTICE: SUNW,qfe0: No response from Ethernet network : Link Down - cable problem Oct 1 08:37:06 server2 unix: SUNW,hme0: 100 Mbps full-duplex Link Up
2. Checking link status with ndd (Solaris 8 and 9)
In solaris 8 and 9, the dladm command will not work. In that case link status can be checked with the ndd command. First we need to set the instance of the specific interface we want to check.
# ndd -set /dev/ce instance 0 ### instance set to "0" checks ce0 status # ndd /dev/ce link_status 1
3. Checking link status with kstat (Solaris 8 and 9)
kstat is another useful command to check the link status. To check link status all interfaces of device driver type ce :
# kstat -p qfe:::link_up qfe:0:qfe0:link_up 1 qfe:1:qfe1:link_up 1
…or just a single instance:
# kstat -p e1000g:0::link_up e1000g:0:mac:link_up 1
4. Checking link status with dladm (Solaris 10 and 11)
Starting solaris 10, dladm command can be used which gives a more formatted output for all the network interfaces with link status and link speed as well.
# dladm show-dev e1000g0 link: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full e1000g1 link: unknown speed: 0 Mbps duplex: half
For solaris 11, the command is slightly changed :
# dladm show-link LINK CLASS MTU STATE OVER net0 phys 1500 up -- net1 phys 1500 up --
or, you can also use the below command, which give more detailed information.
# dladm show-phys LINK MEDIA STATE SPEED DUPLEX DEVICE net0 Ethernet up 1000 full e1000g0 net1 Ethernet up 1000 full e1000g1
6. Checking link speed at ok prompt
On solaris SPARC systems, we can watch individual interfaces to see if they have a link. At the OBP prompt on the client, use the “watch-net-all” command to test and see the network devices.
ok> watch-net-all /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected],1 1000 Mbps full duplex Link up Looking for Ethernet Packets. '.' is a Good Packet. 'X' is a Bad Packet. Type any key to stop. ................................................. /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] Timed out waiting for Autonegotiation to complete Check cable and try again Link Down /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected],1 Timed out waiting for Autonegotiation to complete Check cable and try again Link Down /[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected]/[email protected] Timed out waiting for Autonegotiation to complete Check cable and try again Link Down
7. Examining RUNNING flag in ifconfig output
Another easy way to quickly check the interface link status – is to check “ifconfig -a” command output. The RUNNING flag is cleared when the link is down.
# ifconfig -a ...... e1000g0: flags=1000843[UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST,IPv4> mtu 1500 index 2 inet 192.168.1.25 netmask ffffff00 broadcast 192.168.1.255 ether 0:c:29:92:7b:cd ......
8. mpathd notices
If you are using IPMP, the mpathd daemon will detect NIC failures and repairs and log them in /var/adm/messages file.
"NIC failure detected on qfe0" - in.mpathd has detected that NIC qfe0 is repaired and operational "Successfully failed back to NIC qfe0 to NIC qfe1" - in.mpathd has restored network traffic back to NIC qfe0, which is now repaired and operational.
8. Checking link status with SNMP
The snmpwalk command is rarely used to find link status. But it can also be used ti query the link status of a remote host, which in some cases can be very useful. The snmp class queried here to get link status is interfaces.ifTable.
# snmpwalk -v1 -c public localhost interfaces.ifTable | egrep "Descr|OperStatus" IF-MIB::ifDescr.1 = STRING: lo0 IF-MIB::ifDescr.2 = STRING: ce0 IF-MIB::ifDescr.3 = STRING: ce1 IF-MIB::ifDescr.4 = STRING: ce2 IF-MIB::ifDescr.5 = STRING: ce3 IF-MIB::ifOperStatus.1 = INTEGER: up(1) IF-MIB::ifOperStatus.2 = INTEGER: up(1) IF-MIB::ifOperStatus.3 = INTEGER: up(1) IF-MIB::ifOperStatus.4 = INTEGER: down(2) IF-MIB::ifOperStatus.5 = INTEGER: up(1)
1. up(1), down(2)
2. ‘public’ is the default SNMP v1/v2c read community string here and can be different on your system.
3. You can run the same command against remote hostname instead of localhost.