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    terrsimm3 NNTP User

    Exclamation Network fails after installing VMware Tools in guest SuSE

    I have VMWare Workstation 6.03 for windows and installed SuSE 10.3 as a guest OS with no issues. Was able to connect to the internet to get updates and browse the web. After installing the VMware tools the network card is not automatically configuring. I can use 'ifconfig' to bring up eth0 and tell DHCP to get another IP address, and only after then does the network connection work again. However I would like it to work automatically at boot as I will be sharing this machine image with someone that would not know how to do this.

    What does VMware Tools do to the network settings and how can I get the automatic activation of the NIC back? I have re-installed SuSE 3 times and it has done the same thing every time. I have even tried assigning a static IP address and got it working, but after reboot it is the same problem. Running ifconfig only shows the lo (loopback).

    Thanks

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Network fails after installing VMware Tools in guest SuSE

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    Look in /etc/sysconfig/network. There are files in here named
    if-eth-id-xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx or something like that where the 'x'
    characters match the MAC address of your NIC. Make sure they match and
    then try again.

    Good luck.





    terrsimm3 wrote:
    | I have VMWare Workstation 6.03 for windows and installed SuSE 10.3 as a
    | guest OS with no issues. Was able to connect to the internet to get
    | updates and browse the web. After installing the VMware tools the
    | network card is not automatically configuring. I can use 'ifconfig' to
    | bring up eth0 and tell DHCP to get another IP address, and only after
    | then does the network connection work again. However I would like it to
    | work automatically at boot as I will be sharing this machine image with
    | someone that would not know how to do this.
    |
    | What does VMware Tools do to the network settings and how can I get the
    | automatic activation of the NIC back? I have re-installed SuSE 3 times
    | and it has done the same thing every time. I have even tried assigning
    | a static IP address and got it working, but after reboot it is the same
    | problem. Running ifconfig only shows the lo (loopback).
    |
    | Thanks
    |
    |
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  3. #3
    terrsimm3 NNTP User

    Default Re: Network fails after installing VMware Tools in guest SuS

    I am not sure what version of Linux you are referring to, but the files listed in this folder are:
    config if-down.d ifcfg-eth0 ifcfg.template providers scripts
    dhcp if-up.d ifcfg-lo ifroute-lo routes

    obviously the file for eth0 is there.

    Additionally there are instructions at the end of the installation for VMWare tools that says:

    To use the vmxnet driver, restart networking using the following commands:
    /etc/init.d/network stop
    rmmod pcnet32
    rmmod vmxnet
    modprobe vmxnet
    /etc/init.d/network start

    The instructions for installing in SuSe 9.1 (Installing SUSE Linux 9.1 as a VMware guest)also - openSUSE include the command depmod -a.

    If I am correct, this removes the module for the pcnet32 driver of the virtual network card, and installs a new driver called vmxnet. It is obious that something is not loading or configured properly. My icon for knetwork manager has a red 'x' and the icon shows a disconnected cable, however upon opening it it shows 'no device'. Should I not run these commands? If so, should I include the one from Suse 9.1?

    I would really like to use the VMware tools. Can anyone help with this?

    Thanks

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