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Getting networking working

These instructions have been provided to assist with getting networking working by upon start-up.

By default, within Fedora 12, a networking device needs to be enabled before any network connection will be made active. Obviously, there is a need for this to be enable by default so that users are not required to enable networking everything the system is restarted. The following instructions demonstrate how the network device eth0 (generally the standard wired network connection device) can be enabled upon start-up.

  • Start up a terminal session (On the Gnome menu, select Applications > System Tools > Terminal);
  • Issue the command system-config-network; - You will be required to enter root password, if don't have super user permissions;
  • Within the network configuration manager, select the appropriate networking device (i.e. eth0) and click on edit;

  • Select the "Activate device when computer starts" option;

  • Click OK;
  • Then select the menu option File > Save;
  • Then select the menu option File > Quit;

Now, next time the computer is restarted, networking should be enabled.

Hosts File

As part of the configuration of the network, where you may have selected to use Static Ip Address and entered the hostname manually, you will mostly likely have to edit your /etc/hosts file.

Note, you only have to edit this file if you are using a static ip address. If you are using DHCP (dynamically assigned IP address) you don't have to worry about editing this file.

It has been found that if you dont make the following changes to the hosts file, the multicast beacon and AGServiceManager will not work correctly.

To edit the file /etc/hosts, type vi /etc/hosts. Make sure you are the super-user while doing this.

If your hosts file looks similar to this:

127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6
Your IP Address machinename.domain.name machinename

Change it to read:

Your IP Address machinename.domain.name machinename
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6

Save and exit by hitting the "esc" key then entering :wq.

Example file might look like:

111.222.111.222 jastest.cqu.edu.au jastest
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
::1 localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6

 

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