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CentOS Minimal Installation Network Configuration

11.26.2012
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By default CentOS minimal install does not come with pre-configured network, here’s how to make it work:

$ ping google.com
ping: unknown host google.com

To fix this we’ll need to edit the set up for the ethernet. Let’s start with editing this file:

$ vim /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
IPADDR=x.x.x.x
BOOTPROTO=none
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY=y.y.y.y
DNS1=y.y.y.y
DNS2=y.y.y.y
USERCTL=yes
HWADDR='your mac address'

where x.x.x.x is your static ip, and y.y.y.y is your router ip

If you’re not sure what your mac address is, run this command

$ ifconfig eth0 | grep -o -E '([[:xdigit:]]{1,2}:){5}[[:xdigit:]]{1,2}'

now edit the networks config and make sure you added the line below:

$ vi /etc/sysconfig/network

Add the line:

GATEWAY = y.y.y.y

Now restart the network interface:

$ /etc/init.d/networking restart

Now ping the router:

$ ping y.y.y.y
Request timeout for icmp_seq 0
64 bytes from y.y.y.y: icmp_seq=1 ttl=56 time=1.792 ms
Request timeout for icmp_seq 1
64 bytes from y.y.y.y: icmp_seq=3 ttl=56 time=1.790 ms
64 bytes from y.y.y.y: icmp_seq=4 ttl=56 time=1.762 ms

Looks good, now let’s see if we can see anything outside.

$ ping google.com
PING google.com (173.194.67.138) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from wi-in-f138.1e100.net (173.194.67.138): icmp_seq=1 ttl=49 time=7.88 ms
64 bytes from wi-in-f138.1e100.net (173.194.67.138): icmp_seq=2 ttl=49 time=7.35 ms
64 bytes from wi-in-f138.1e100.net (173.194.67.138): icmp_seq=3 ttl=49 time=7.13 ms

Now you can connect to the internet, and get all the packages you need.




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