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Old 10-14-2009, 05:44 AM   #1
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Question Solaris - /etc/hosts

Hello All,

I have a Solaris server which has 2 entries as given below

123.234.345.456 Server1 MS
987.876.765.654 Server1 MS

Now, actually both IPs, point to the same physical server, i.e. multiple interfaces. I would like to know what is the impact of having such config in /etc/hosts.

if we do like "ssh Server1", what IP would it try? and what if one interface is down, will it automatically try the other interface???
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These are hardly IP addresses. Each component is a byte so should be in the 0-255 range. Anyway, there is no round robin done when the backend is /etc/hosts so I guess the first IP address is always picked when you resolve "Server1" and communication just fails if this interface is down.
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