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Best Way to Detect Network Card on RHEL 7 hosted on Vmware

Fix to Detect RHEL 7.1 Beta Network (Ethernet) Interface on Vmware Workstation

This trick will help you to resolve these kind of network related issues and detect network card on RHEL 7.

Do you have a problem of network card detection on RHEL 7.1 which is hosted on VMWARE Workstation. On Some cases, when you have build new Linux VM's on Vmware, network card wont be detected because of wrong settings.

Even if you have tried uninstalling open-vm-tools and installed vmware-tools, but everything was failed. Ethernet Network Card not detected on Linux.

No problem, This trick will help you to resolve and detect network card on RHEL and fix these kind of network issues.

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Some of you may have seen the issue during the initial installation of any Linux OS especially like RHEL 7.1 anaconda reported "no ethernet network connection available" or after the Installation.

Fix for network interface card (NIC) is not detected

Modify the guest's configuration .vmx file and append the entry for each ethernet card you have installed.

How to Detect Network Card on RHEL?

Just go to the directory where your VMware machine files where created and find the .vmx extention file and edit vmx configuration file as below. (Example - C:Virtual MachinesRHEL3U8_32Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.vmx)

1. Shut down the virtual machine.
2. Find the location of .vmx file of your installed Guest OS
3. Open the virtual machine's configuration file (.vmx) in a text editor.
4. Add or edit lines as below,
ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
5. When finished, save the changes by using the save option in the text editor.
6. Exit the text editor.

The examples are based on the first Ethernet card in your system, referenced by eth0. If your system uses more Ethernet network cards, then replace the number 0 (of eth0) by the number that references your Ethernet card.

Thats it.

Power On the Guest OS RHEL 7.1, Now you can Identify the name assigned to the First Ethernet interface, using ip command.

Create Own Network Card Config File on Linux

Create a standard network card config file.

[selva@rhel7-host ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ens1

Restart Network Service on Linux

Once the network file is created, use ifup network commands to bring up the ethernet device.

[selva@rhel7-host ~]# sudo ifup ens1

If the above command not found, restart the entire network service using systemctl command on RHEL or any other related commands available on your Linux Server.

[selva@rhel7-host ~]#  sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart


[selva@rhel7-host ~]#  sudo systemctl restart network

That's it. Now you could see your network card detected in RHEL and ready to use it.

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