Unconfigured ethernet device shows up in YaST2 after installation of vmware-tools

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  • 17-Mar-2008
  • 27-Apr-2012

Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Support Pack 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Support Pack 1

Situation

After vmware-tools are installed on a SLE10SP1 based product in either a VMware ESX Server or VMware Workstation environment, YaST2 lan module shows a configured and one unconfigured ethernet device even though the virtual machine was only configured with one ethernet device.

Resolution

In order to reconfigure the network, the following steps need to be executed:
  1. Delete the configured network device

  2. Configure the remaining unconfigured ethernet device

  3. Ensure the 'configuration name' field points to the MAC address of the ethernet device rather than using the PCI-BUS-ID.
    To discover the the MAC address of the ethernet device use the command

    ip a

    Please note the MAC address needs to be put in as 'id-MAC' into the'configuration name' field (e.g., id-00:1c:23:94:7b:97). This ensures the creation of the apropriate configuration file using the MAC-address (/etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth-id-MAC) instead of the PCI-BUS-ID.
    In case this is skipped, the initialisation of the network will fail with the message:

    ERROR: "no configuration found for ethX'

    if

    rcnetwork restart

    is executed manually.

  4. Save the network settings and exit the YaST2 lan module.

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