> >> I installed Solaris 8 on a Sun Ultra 10 machine. When I try to
> >use the netscape
> >> that came with it for a browers it says:
> >> Netscape us unable to locate the server www.sun.com
> >> I can open a terminal window and ping any ip address I want to,
> >it says any ip
> >> address I tell it is alive.
> >Can you ping both the name AND IP Address?
> >If you can ping the ip address but not the name, then you
> >are having resolution problems.
> >I can ping ip address, but when I try to ping a name, it says unknown host.
> Can you tell me what I need to look at exactly. I am new to this, so be patient
> with me.
A few things ..
Ensure that you have a file /etc/inet/resolv.conf that specifies
your domain and nameservers. Most people just create it in /etc and
don't bother with putting it in /etc/inet and then linking it later. We
are seeing more and more of the essential config files for various
network services going into /etc/inet but you can put it into /etc if
you want. It should look like so :
You will need to know your domain name and your nameservers ip
addresses. Once you have created that file you will need to modify the
/etc/nsswitch.conf file such that the line with hosts: in it has the
three little letters dns at the end. You can revers the order and have
it look like hosts: dns files but that would seriously slow down local
The last thing you need to know is your default gateway. If you are
behind a firewall, you had better be, then you will need the inside
interface ip address of your firewall. Set up a defaultroute file in
/etc which has nothing else other than the ip address of your firewall.
Once you have these things in place you should be ok.