I have a server with CentOS 6.2 installed, I want to use it as a VM host to run some windows installations for development purposes. I wanted to be able to directly RDP and serve websites from IIS on these windows server installations, so I figured I would set it up as bridged networking.
I have been struggling with this all morning, usually the result being that when I brought up the bridge interface all network connectivity to the CentOS would go away, however, I think I finally have that all figured out. However, here's what happens.
The eth0 and br0 interfaces are defined in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts with ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-br0. I DO NOT have ifup or ifdown or any other files for these interfaces, I have not found if they are needed. I can login and use firefox to browse the web, however, running ifconfig reveals that my eth0 does not have an IPAddress, but the br0 does. I can actually RDP into the Windows installation, and browse the internet from there as well, but I cannot directly connect(via putty, vnc, nor viewing web pages) to the CentOS box. Any idea what's up?
DEVICE=eth0 BOOTPROTO=none IPADDR=192.168.1.20 GATEWAY=192.168.1.1 NETMASK=255.255.255.0 NETWORK=192.168.1.0 ONBOOT=yes BRIDGE=br0
DEVICE=br0 TYPE=Bridge BOOTPROTO=static DNS1=192.168.1.1 DNS2=188.8.131.52 GATEWAY=192.168.1.1 IPADDR=192.168.1.2 NETMAS=255.255.255.0 ONBOOT=yes
I know some of the options are inconsistent (DNS and BOOTPROTO) because I tried changing those in the eth0 file to make it work, and the changes haven't adversly affected web browsing or the other functionality