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System Isolation and Network Fast-Fail Capability in Solaris

Gabriel Montenegro (
Steve Drach (
Sun Microsystems, Inc.


UNIX hosts configured for network operation typically hang, or freeze, when temporarily disconnected from the network. This failure is unacceptable to the user of a mobile host who purposely disconnects the host from the network in order to move it to another location not serviced by a network connection. This paper describes an approach that automatically enables a system to continue to function, in a diminished capacity, when disconnected from the network.

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