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SmartOS on VMWare and undefined VNIC

January 14, 2013

After I upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion the MAC address of VMWare Fusion adaptor had changed for no good reason. That’s why SmartOS (illumos) was failing to plumb the network and dladm complains about unknown status.

root$ dladm show-phys
LINK MEDIA STATE SPEED DUPLEX DEVICE
e1000g0 Ethernet unknown 1000 half e1000g0

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To fix this check the newly generated MAC and update the /usbkey/config accordingly.

grep ^admin_nic /usbkey/config
admin_nic=0:c:29:fb:7f:64

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Check the MAC in OS after reboot. Now interfaces should come up automatically at boot time. 

[root@00-0c-29-fb-7f-64 ~]# dladm show-phys -m
LINK SLOT ADDRESS INUSE CLIENT
e1000g0 primary 0:c:29:fb:7f:64 yes e1000g0

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