Friday, 18 April 2008

Resetting vmware networking

I had a hardware glitch (apparently chained failure of on-board network card, auto-negotiation on switch, auto-negotiation on larger switch) which left networking on my ubuntu edgy box somewhat randomised. Ubuntu recovered after a reboot, successfully finding the new network card (but calling it eth11). vmware-server didn't recover, and no amount of fiddling with the magic of would cause vmware to forget all it knew about networking and look only at the current state of play.

In an attempt to erase it's memory I removed /etc/vmware/locations but this caused not to run at all.

Eventually I worked out that the trick was to remove everything in /etc/vmware/locations other than the lines near the start telling it where to find directories and executables and rerun selecting all the defaults.

Suddenly everything worked.

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