Permanently Change a Static IP Address in SCO

If you need to temporarily add an IP address in SCO, you can use ifconfig

ifconfig net0 inet netmask

But really, that just creates an alias that will disappear once the server has been rebooted. In order to permanently change an IP address on a SCO OpenServer Release 5, I used SCO’s menu driven tcp configuration tool, netconfig.

My version of SCO was so fonky and old, though, that I didn’t even have the option to use DHCP. And I was told by my client that the color completely left my face when I saw the following screen once I exited netconfig:

That’s right.. SCO’s kernel has to be completely recompiled in order to make a change to TCP! Ridiculous. Thankfully, the kernel recompiled, and the system rebooted with the desired changes. Oh, and here’s a nice resource for SCO on VMware that I found while researching for this blog post.

Chrissy is a PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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One comment on “Permanently Change a Static IP Address in SCO
  1. Walter Rausch says:

    yesterday, an older SCO Openserver 5.0.6 did loose the IP adress. scoadmin / internet didn't work. The netconfig command brought me the rigth help! Thank you very much!!

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