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    Network Setup


    I have recently set up a new installation of Red Hat 7.3 to play with as I get the time. I already have an E-smith machine running as a gateway to 2 Windows machines, which is all A-OK. Originally when I set up my new RH installation I had it running across my network no probs. But as I have not been able to play with it for several weeks I shut it down as it's not the newest of hardware and the fans starts playing up after a while.

    Anyway, since starting it again I've not been able to see it across my network. I have my E-smith machine set to acting as a server and gateway and it controls DNS across the network. The Red Hat box in question is, supposed, to be set at However when I go into "setup" and go to Network configuration I enter the following details:

    Netmask: (same as all the other machines on the network)

    After setting these it automatically loads the following:

    Default Gateway:
    Primary Nameserver:

    I have set the Default Gateway to - as I assmue this is the correct setting. But I've also tried leaving it at

    The strange thing is that after I have made these changes the next time I go back to Network Configuration all these details are empty and the Dynamic IP is unchecked.

    The other thing, which I am not sure if it is connected, is that I cannot set the firewall to anything but "High", it just defaults back to High next time I enter the firewall setting. Its as if the settings in setup just aren't working. I am logged on as root.

    Anyway, all help is greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
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    Apr 2003
    Those X-programs sucks.. open a terminal instead switch to the root-user.

    Edit /etc/sysconfig/network to this

    and /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 to this

    Then restart your network with /etc/init.d/network restart

    Verify with ifconfig that you have set your new ipadress, try to ping your gateway and other windows boxes..


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    Thanks heaps for the help andutt

    I tried doing all those things, and everything was basically in the right place, unfortunately though it's still not up and running. One thing I did notice is that when I run ifconfig it has the following line in it:

    inet addr: Bcast: Mask:

    I am not sure what the "Bcast" means, and is it correct?

    Also, in all this I haven't seen a DNS setting. My E-smith machine handles DNS for the network, could this be the problem?


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    bcast mean the broadcast address and it should be the last address in ur ip range
    plus use the ifconfig to set up the ips of ur linux machin


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