At this point I assume that you are using the IPX/SPX protocol with NetBEUI for
the windows connectivity.
what you need to be running is TCP/IP, for which you need to have a set of IP
addresses, and the relavent connectivity software installed. The IPX has TCP/IP
as native, UNIXes live on such things, you will probably have inherited an IP
address, which belongs in some shape or form to someone else, or else networking
will be off.
To get this all working and connectable outside (I would suggest using win NT
RAS or IP Masquerading on the sun for this... more later) you need to assign IP
addresses which will not conflict with the outside world... the sequence
10.X.X.X is reserved for this purpose ... there are other sequences, but the 10
one is the most memorable to me. I use 10.0.0.X at home. you should use a
netmask of 255.255.255.0 for good measure if you use 10.0.0.X.
IP is enabled on Win 95 using the control panel | networking | add | protocol |
micro$oft | tcp/ip ... this will add tcp/ip and you will be able to configure it
using the networking control panel. You have no DNS (unless you have named
(bind) configured and running on the ipx), so we will ignore that.
What you have as an option for name service, rather than hosts, you can use the
windows name service, WINS. This becomes an option if you choose to use Samba
rather than just ftp - it makes the Sun talk SMB - the underlying windows
network protocol, it does this very well, and is highly configurable. Samba
info may be found at http://samba.anu.edu.au/. I think that you can get
pre-compiled binaries for Solaris.
the IPX machine's IP address may be changed/found in the file: /etc/hostname.le0
- the file just holds the IP address for the first interface (le0 means the
first Lance Ethernet interface).
If you want then to give your network external access - web 'n' stuff, you will
need a machine to masquerade the external (?dialup IP) - you can either do this
with NT 4 or use the Sun - which is probably a better option, if you can get
hold of either a modem for it, or an ISDN card (much nicer). This is the bit
that I have not dealt with, but your Solaris 2.6 should have info on this aspect
of the installation. Using the 10.... series IP allows you to masquerade the IP
address without risking masking off any external machines on the internet at
large. ... if you route thru the IPX, you will need to set its ethernet
interface's IP as the default gateway on the network.
the really easy way to do this (avoiding lashing around the IPX) is get a small
ISDN router to shove on the network - but then you have to learn some of the
more interesting bits of router config if you get problems. perhaps another
Samba is VERY good, so be prepared to increase the storage on the IPX as you
start to use it more and more.
I hope that this is of use to you, I am interested to hear that people are
receiving their Solaris, mine hasn't materialised yet. Good Luck!
> > I'm relatively new to the UNIX world so bear with me. I have a small
> > Window95 10BaseT network at home with 2 PC's and a laptop. I recently
> > aquired an IPX and want to be able to transfer Unigraphics files from my
> > laptop to the IPX using FTP over the network. I'm about to upgrade to my
> > free version of Solaris 2.6 and suspect this is the time to set up the
> > network but have no idea where to start. Any suggestions would be
> > appreciated. I'm particularly perplexed about IP addresses on the PC's and
> > am not sure how they are assigned. Thanks.
> I don't know how you have the current Windows machines talking but you'll
> need to get into the Windows networking and add the TC/IP protocol. Under
> properties, you can the IP address for that machine. You'll need to do this
> for each Windows machine. In your c:/windows directory, you'll also need
> a hosts file similar to the one on the Sun for each machine on the network.
> Just choose an IP address reserved for this type of setup. Off hand I
> can't remember what they are but at home I use something like
> That is:
> Windows Computer 1 192.168.100.100
> Windows Computer 2 192.168.100.101
> Laptop 192.168.100.102
> Sun IPX 192.168.100.103
> If you set up samba on the Sun and get it configured, you can use a
> file manager type program on the Windows machine to copy your files back
> and forth.
> I know you are not using Linux but there are a lot of HOW-TO's written on
> just this sort of thing that would help out a great deal. Any search on
> the Internet (if you have access) will get you started.
> Also check out http://www.linuxgazette.com. It is a web based magazine
> on Linux but there was an article from August 1997 about setting up a home
> network with Linux and Windows. It has some helpful Windows screenshots.
> Frank Hahn