After installing CentOS 6.x or importing a preinstalled VDI image (for example from osboxes.org) if your network is not working or if eth0 does not show up, then you can follow these steps to fix it:
Step 1: Inspect ifconfig output
Run the following command:
As you can see it shows only the output for loopback interface lo.
To find all interface information and MAC for eth0, run the following command:
Now, take a note of the MAC Address that you see in your screen as you will need it soon.
Step 2: Manually configure eth0 and network settings:
Type the following in your terminal:
Change/edit the ifcfg-eth0 as the following, and make sure the HWADDR value is the MAC address that you took a note earlier.
So, it will finally look something like picture attached below.
To edit your network file, type the following command:
Now, add the following line if its not already present to the file:
Save the file and exit.
Step 3. Restart network service
service network restart
This should fix the issue and your eth0 interface should popup in no time as shown below.
You can also check the IP address information using ifconfig to check the assigned IP address.
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