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    This seems to be an ongoing issue that is still reproducable in the latest Ubuntu Vbox 6.x. The default NAT Network range is usually 10.0.2.0/24. If you change this range it does not seem to work properly. Say we change the range to 10.50.1.0/24 If you get a new lease you will find that you get an IP from the old range but the default gateway is from the new range. ........
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  • Setup PXE Boot using Centos and dhcpd, tftp and syslinux


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  • Openvz Container IP not working suddenly Solution


    This may not apply to everyone but here is what happened to me. One day my IP connectivity for one container went dead, I could ping the hostnode from it and the hostnode could ping it but there was no external routing. I restarted the network service but it didn't help. I checked the routing table inside the VPS and the host and everything looked normal. Iadded another different IPon the same subnet to the container and it worked. Right away I st........
  • Subnet Mask Lengths / Quick Reference


    Subnet Mask Lengths / Quick Reference This is for when you say how many IPs would be in a /20 or /24 Now instead of doing math just remember this table or visit here more often :) /32 1 IP Address(es) /31 2 IP Address(es)........
  • Centos How To Add Static Network Route


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