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I have a minimal CentOS 7.2 installation on a small mini PC with 6 ethernet ports. I chose to exclude NetworkManager from the install as I would prefer to use the basic network service or switch to using systemd-networkd. However, I can't seem to get the network or systemd-networkd services to start.

    systemctl status network.service -l
��● network.service - LSB: Bring up/down networking
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/network)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Tue 2011-05-10 00:01:22 UTC; 5min ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 25591 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/network start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost network[25591]: RTNETLINK answers: File exists
May 10 00:01:22 localhost systemd[1]: network.service: control process exited, code=exited status=1
May 10 00:01:22 localhost systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: Bring up/down networking.
May 10 00:01:22 localhost systemd[1]: Unit network.service entered failed state.
May 10 00:01:22 localhost systemd[1]: network.service failed.

journalctl -xe -u network.service
    -- Logs begin at Tue 2011-05-10 00:00:40 UTC, end at Tue 2011-05-10 00:02:35 UTC. --
May 10 00:00:44 localhost systemd[1]: Starting LSB: Bring up/down networking...
-- Subject: Unit network.service has begun start-up
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
-- 
-- Unit network.service has begun starting up.
May 10 00:00:44 localhost network[334]: Bringing up loopback interface:  [  OK  ]
May 10 00:00:45 localhost network[334]: Bringing up interface eth0:  ERROR    : [/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-eth] Device eth
0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.
May 10 00:00:45 localhost network[334]: [FAILED]
May 10 00:00:45 localhost network[334]: Bringing up interface eth1:  ERROR    : [/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-eth] Device eth
1 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.
May 10 00:00:45 localhost /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifup-eth[702]: Device eth1 does not seem to be present, delaying initializa
tion.
May 10 00:00:45 localhost network[334]: [FAILED]
May 10 00:00:45 localhost systemd[1]: network.service: control process exited, code=exited status=1
May 10 00:00:45 localhost systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: Bring up/down networking.
-- Subject: Unit network.service has failed
-- Defined-By: systemd
-- Support: http://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/systemd-devel
-- 
-- Unit network.service has failed.
-- 
-- The result is failed.
May 10 00:00:45 localhost systemd[1]: Unit network.service entered failed state.
May 10 00:00:45 localhost systemd[1]: network.service failed.
May 10 00:01:20 localhost systemd[1]: Starting LSB: Bring up/down networking...

Here's dmesg | grep e1000e

    [root@localhost ~]# dmesg | grep eth
[    9.194339] e1000e 0000:00:19.0 eth0: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:01:05:0f:2a:a0
[    9.202239] e1000e 0000:00:19.0 eth0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.209127] e1000e 0000:00:19.0 eth0: MAC: 7, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[    9.320640] e1000e 0000:04:00.0 eth1: registered PHC clock
[    9.320643] e1000e 0000:04:00.0 eth1: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:30:59:08:18:53
[    9.320645] e1000e 0000:04:00.0 eth1: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.320734] e1000e 0000:04:00.0 eth1: MAC: 3, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[    9.453298] e1000e 0000:05:00.0 eth2: registered PHC clock
[    9.458777] e1000e 0000:05:00.0 eth2: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:30:59:08:18:54
[    9.466673] e1000e 0000:05:00.0 eth2: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.473608] e1000e 0000:05:00.0 eth2: MAC: 3, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[    9.609123] e1000e 0000:06:00.0 eth3: registered PHC clock
[    9.609126] e1000e 0000:06:00.0 eth3: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:30:59:08:18:55
[    9.609128] e1000e 0000:06:00.0 eth3: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.609203] e1000e 0000:06:00.0 eth3: MAC: 3, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[    9.704211] e1000e 0000:07:00.0 eth4: registered PHC clock
[    9.704214] e1000e 0000:07:00.0 eth4: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:30:59:08:18:56
[    9.704216] e1000e 0000:07:00.0 eth4: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.704291] e1000e 0000:07:00.0 eth4: MAC: 3, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[    9.816322] e1000e 0000:08:00.0 eth5: registered PHC clock
[    9.816324] e1000e 0000:08:00.0 eth5: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 00:01:05:0f:2a:a1
[    9.816326] e1000e 0000:08:00.0 eth5: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[    9.816483] e1000e 0000:08:00.0 eth5: MAC: 3, PHY: 8, PBA No: FFFFFF-0FF
[root@localhost ~]# ip addr
1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN 
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    inet 127.0.0.1/8 scope host lo
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: gre0@NONE: <NOARP> mtu 1476 qdisc noop state DOWN 
    link/gre 0.0.0.0 brd 0.0.0.0
3: gretap0@NONE: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1462 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
4: enp0s25: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:01:05:0f:2a:a0 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
5: enp4s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:30:59:08:18:53 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
6: enp5s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:30:59:08:18:54 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
7: enp6s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:30:59:08:18:55 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
8: enp7s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:30:59:08:18:56 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
9: enp8s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc noop state DOWN qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:01:05:0f:2a:a1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
10: eth_bri: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN 
    link/ether ae:75:23:c7:e3:b6 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet 129.193.148.1/24 brd 129.193.148.255 scope global eth_bri
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::ac75:23ff:fec7:e3b6/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Journctl -u network.service seems to imply that there is no eth0, but from dmesg it shows that there are eth0 through eth5. however; when I issue ip addr you can see that they've all been renamed to the new style provided by systemd-udevd; enp0s25...etc.

There's another thread on here Can't start CentOS 7 "network" service that implies that dhcpclient service might be getting in the way. The answer to that thread suggests disabling the dhcpclient service. In my case, I don't have a dhcpclient running.

[root@localhost ~]# ps -ef | grep dhc
root      2506 23576  0 00:23 ttyS0    00:00:00 grep --color=auto dhc
[root@localhost ~]# 
  • You don't appear to have actually configured those interfaces (e.g. /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s25, ifcfg-enp4s0, et al). – Michael Hampton Dec 23 '15 at 21:18
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You have to manually configure the interfaces. This link should get you what you need.

http://ask.xmodulo.com/configure-static-ip-address-centos7.html

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    Please quote the commands from the link. If the link is deprecated the answer will be useless – 030 Dec 24 '15 at 18:07
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NetworkManager is a.... not good thing. Remove it and configure your interfaces in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-(NAME OF INTERFACE)

Your dmesg output shows the kernel started eth0-ethX as interface names, but then something renamed them to "more friendly" names.

The current interface names will be listed by an ip addr show as root.

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This will solve the problem!

# rm /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-ipoib.rules 

# reboot
  • Now edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0,
  • Add new HWADDR generated or remove it
  • Remove UUID line

-Restart the networking service

 #systemctl restart network.service

NOW! Working.

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