VMware rename CentOS 7 NIC names

CentOS 7 virtual machines on VMware will by default use predictable network device naming for network interfaces on the machine, causing their names to be in enoXXXXXXXX format.

This will cause issues when adding 10 or more additional IPs in WHM, as network interface name will be longer than the 15 characters.

Maximum length supported for network interface name on cPanel servers is 15 characters.

When starting ipaliases service, only first 9 additional IPs will be added, and for rest of the IPs error “RTNETLINK answers: Numerical result out of range” will be shown, and IPs will not be shown in ip addr, or ifconfig output.

[[email protected] ~]# /scripts/restartsrv_ipaliases
Waiting for "ipaliases" to stop ...finished.
Waiting for "ipaliases" to start ...finished.
Service Status
Startup Log
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: [FAILED]
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: Bringing up eno33559296:cp14 RTNETLINK answers: Numerical
result out of range
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: [FAILED]
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: Routing 204.93.248.69 RTNETLINK answers: Invalid argument
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: [FAILED]
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: Bringing up eno33559296:cp15 RTNETLINK answers: Numerical
result out of range
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: [FAILED]
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: Routing 204.93.248.70 RTNETLINK answers: Invalid argument
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com ipaliases[233833]: [FAILED]
 Oct 03 20:29:20 server.example.com systemd[1]: Started cPanel IP aliases service.
Log Messages
 Oct 3 20:29:20 server ipaliases: [FAILED]
 Oct 3 20:29:20 server ipaliases: Routing x.x.x.x RTNETLINK answers: Invalid argument
 Oct 3 20:29:20 server ipaliases: [FAILED]
 Oct 3 20:29:20 server ipaliases: Bringing up eno33559296:cp15 RTNETLINK answers: Numerical result out of range

To resolve the issues, network devices can be renamed back to old ethX type of naming.

To rename network devices to old names following steps are needed.

  1. Edit /etc/sysconfig/grub
  2. Update GRUB configuration with new kernel parameters
  3. Rename network files
  4. Edit renamed network files
  5. Reboot the server

To rename devices do the following

Edit /etc/sysconfig/grub

Find a line containing “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX”, and append “net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0“ on the line.

File should look something like this.

[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/grub
GRUB_TIMEOUT=5
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="$(sed 's, release .*$,,g' /etc/system-release)"
GRUB_DEFAULT=saved
GRUB_DISABLE_SUBMENU=true
GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT="console"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="crashkernel=auto rd.lvm.lv=myvg/rootvol rhgb quiet net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0"
GRUB_DISABLE_RECOVERY="true"

Update GRUB configuration with new kernel parameters, with following command:

grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

Rename enoXXXXXXXX network files of all interfaces to ethX network file.

For example:

mv /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eno16777984 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
mv /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eno33557248 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth1

This will rename file ifcfg-eno16777984, to ifcfg-eth0, renaming interface eno16777984 to eth0, and will rename file ifcfg-eno33557248, to ifcfg-eth1, renaming interface eno33557248, to eth1.

Edit new ethX network files.

Replace value of both NAME and DEVICE field with new ethX names.

File should look something like this.

[[email protected] ~]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
BOOTPROTO=static
NAME=eth0
UUID=b02f4abf-f6da-4ad4-b800-4abf4fe1d50d
DEVICE=eth0
ONBOOT=yes
NM_CONTROLLED=yes
IPADDR=x.x.x.x
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
GATEWAY=x.x.x.1

Reboot the server, and you should now see network interfaces using old CentOS 6 style names.

Additional changes for cPanel servers

Change public network interface in Basic cPanel & WHM Setup.

Go to Home »Server Configuration »Basic cPanel & WHM Setup and change public interface from old enoXXXXXXXX to new ethX name.

Change public interface to new name
Change public interface to new name

Restart ipaliases service with /scripts/restartsrv_ipaliases.