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Analyzing Problems with Sun Systems Network Interfaces Showing "FAILED" in ifconfig -a Output (Doc ID 1020233.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 01, 2024

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8 10/00 U2 to 10 9/10 U9 [Release 8.0 to 10.0]
All Platforms


This document will provide information and steps to take to troubleshoot and correct a "FAILED" interface in an IP network multipathing group.

Available Documentation: If you need assistance on problems related to IPMP configuration, please refer to: Analyzing problems when trying to configure IP Multipathing (IPMP) <Document 1020085.1>

If you need assistance on problems related to IPMP error messages:
Analyzing errors for IP Multipathing (IPMP) configurations <Document 1020155.1>

If you need assistance on problems related to interfaces in an IPMP group not failing over, please refer to:
Analyzing problems when a network interface does not fail over/fail back in a IPMP configuration <Document 1019110.1>

Available Documentation:

in.mpathd(1M) Explanations of all the error messages issued by mpathd can be found in the "DIAGNOSTICS" section of in.mpathd(1M)

The official Oracle Solaris IP Multipathing documentation is found on

As of this writing, the most current documentation relating to using IPMP is:

System Administration Guide: IP Services

Other related information (man pages):


Troubleshooting Steps

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