I know I can use net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0, with grub, to disable predictable network interface names. This names the first interface as eth0 instead of enp0s3, or whatever. How do I specify this at install time using a kickstart file?

  • If possible you should avoid doing this entirely. Predictable network device names have many advantages over the old system, especially for administrators. May 19, 2015 at 0:46
  • @MichaelHampton Right but currently the consistent naming is far from consistent. There's some interesting discussion here but I couldn't find my specific answer on this thread: access.redhat.com/discussions/644133
    – Dru
    May 19, 2015 at 0:49
  • All of those comments applied (1) to the beta, and (2) to virtual machines. They have long since been fixed. May 19, 2015 at 1:11
  • @MichaelHampton I'm still getting enp0s3, enp0s8, enp0s9, enp0s11 using vagrant/virtual box as of CentOS 7.1 (1503).
    – Dru
    May 19, 2015 at 1:14
  • Well, you can't expect VirtualBox to be consistent. It's not like that's a serious virtualization platform. May 19, 2015 at 1:17

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You may use the bootloader section in the kickstart file to suppress predictable network interface names. Adding net.ifnames=0 and [if needed] biosdevname=0 to the --append should do what you're asking.

bootloader --location=mbr --append="net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0"

Note that I've excluded the defaults rhgb quiet crashkernel=auto from the --append, it will work with or without them. You may also exclude the biosdevname package from install and use only net.ifnames=0 in the above.

bootloader --location=mbr --append="net.ifnames=0"
%packages --nobase
@core --nodefaults
  • Are the rhgb quiet crashkernel... parameters necessary or can I just do --append="net.ifnames=0"?
    – Dru
    May 19, 2015 at 0:56
  • I have not tested it without rhgb quiet crashkernel, as they were defaults, but none of them should be required to have a booting install.
    – jscott
    May 19, 2015 at 1:00
  • Worked with just --append="net.ifnames=0" and -biosdevname under packages.
    – Dru
    May 19, 2015 at 1:24
  • @jscott rhgb provides splash screen. quiet provides you a "silent" boot, if you remove it from bootloader, boot will be more verbose. crashkernel is used by kdump, you can remove it if you have kdump disabled or uninstalled.
    – mvillar
    May 19, 2015 at 6:27

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