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Using SMC Tools

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The Solaris Management Console 2.0 (SMC) provides a suite of network-aware system administration tools that enable you to manage a Solaris server from almost anywhere. SMC software also provides a consistent, easy-to-use interface for managing and administering a Solaris server, the clients of the server, and the applications running on the server. In this article, Solaris system administration expert Janice Winsor shows you how to use the various tools of the SMC.
This article is derived from Solaris Management Console Tools, by Janice Winsor (Sun Microsystems Press and Prentice Hall, 2002).

The SMC Console—also called SMC or the Console—provides you with a view of various system administration tools or applications, possibly on different servers. You use the Console to perform routine system administration tasks. With the SMC Console, you can manage servers from almost anywhere on the network.

Starting SMC

You can start SMC in any one of the following ways.

  • By choosing Solaris Management Console from the Tools menu of the CDE front panel.

  • By double-clicking on the SMC icon in CDE Applications Manager or File Manager.

  • From a command line by typing /usr/sadm/bin/smc&and pressing Return.


You can start SMC as a normal user, but some tools or applications may not load unless you log in as root, have Primary Administrator rights, or assume a role during SMC server login.

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