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Sun Fire X2270 M2 Server Installation Guide for Linux Operating Systems
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Introduction to Linux Installation

Supported Operating Systems

Sun Installation Assistant (SIA)

Preliminary Tasks Before Installing an OS

Accessing the Console During Installation

How to Configure the Serial Port

How to Erase Your Boot Hard Disk

Installing Oracle Enterprise Linux

Installing OEL from Distribution Media

Updating OEL

Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Installing SLES10 or SLES11 From Distribution Media

Installing SLES10 Using Local or Remote Media

Installing SLES10 or SLES 11 Using a PXE Network Environment

How to Install SLES10 or SLES11 Using Network PXE Boot

Post SLES Installation Tasks

How to Update the SLES Operating System

Installing System Device Drivers to Support Additional Hardware

How to Install System Device Drivers Using Local or Remote Media

How to Install the System Device Drivers Using a Network Share or USB Device

Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Overview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation

Installing RHEL From Distribution Media

Updating RHEL

Booting From OS Distribution Media

How to Boot From OS Media Locally

How to Boot From OS Distribution Media or ISO File Remotely

Configuring a Linux Server to Support PXE Installation

Overview of PXE Servers

How to Install and Configure a DHCP Server

How to Install Portmap on Your DHCP Server

How to Configure the TFTP Service on Your DHCP Server

How to Install and Configure the neopxe Boot Server Daemon

How to Configure the NFS Service on Your PXE Server

Disabling the Firewall

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Oracle Enterprise Linux

How to Create a PXE Installation Image for Red Hat Linux

Creating a PXE Image for SUSE Linux

How to Install Linux From a PXE Server

Identifying Logical and Physical Network Interface Names for Linux OS Configuration

SUSE Linux - How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS

RHEL - How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS


RHEL – How to Identify Logical and Physical Network Interface Names While Installing the OS

When you are configuring the RHEL Linux OS while installing it, you reach a point where you must enter the logical and physical names (MAC addresses) of the network interfaces.

This topic explains how to launch a user shell during the Red Hat Linux configuration to obtain the logical and physical network interface names that you need to continue the configuration.

Before You Begin

Find and record the MAC addresses of all your physical ports from their labels.

  1. If you have not already done so, type: linux rescue at the boot prompt, and then press Enter.

    The Choose a Language screen appears.

  2. In the Choose a Language screen, select the appropriate language, and then click OK.

    The Keyboard Type screen appears.

  3. In the Keyboard Type screen, select the appropriate configuration, and then click OK.

    The Setup Network screen appears.

  4. In the Setup Network screen, click No.

    The Rescue screen appears.

  5. In the Rescue screen, click Skip.

    The user shell appears.

  6. At the command prompt (#) in the user shell, type the following command to display all network interfaces, and then press Enter.
    # ifconfig -a

    The output of the Linux Red Hat named network interfaces appear.

    If you have multiple network interfaces and the output of interfaces scrolls off the top of the screen, you can display the output per interface.

  7. To view the output per network interface, type the following at the command prompt, then press Enter:
    # ifconfig eth#

    where eth# is the interface number. For example, if you type:

    # ifconfig eth0

    The output for eth0 appears.

    In the sample output shown:

    • The eth0 entry in the first column refers to the Linux Red Hat logical named interface. This first column in the output identifies the logical names Red Hat assigned to the network interface.
    • The HWaddr 00.14.4F.0C:A1:F2 entry in second column (first row) refers to the physical MAC address of the network port.

      Note - This MAC address is an example; the MAC addresses in your server will be different.

  8. Record the Red Hat logical network interface name with the physical port MAC address for future reference. You need to refer to this record when configuring the network interfaces during the Red Hat OS installation.
  9. When you are done, do one of the following to exit the user shell.
    • From the ILOM, select Remote Control —> Remote Power Control —> Reset.
    • From the ILOM Remote Console, select Ctrl Alt Delete in the Keyboard menu.
    • From other consoles, press Ctrl —> Alt —> Delete.
  10. Restart the Linux Red Hat installation program.