No outbound internet connection after restarting CentOS 6.3

wnstnsmth asked:

After restarting a headless CentOS 6.3 machine, it lost outbound internet connectivity, i.e. I can still connect to the server via SSH (ssh root@**.126.18.56), but stuff such as ping google.com gives google.com: unknown host, and yum list some_package gives a lot of network errors.

This is what ifconfig gives:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:25:90:78:2D:5D  
          inet addr:**.126.18.56  Bcast:**.126.18.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::225:90ff:fe78:2d5d/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:75594 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:787 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:7074741 (6.7 MiB)  TX bytes:144391 (141.0 KiB)
          Interrupt:20 Memory:f7a00000-f7a20000 

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:25:90:78:2D:5C  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:16 Memory:f7900000-f7920000 

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:6 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:504 (504.0 b)  TX bytes:504 (504.0 b)

I have absolutely no clue how to debug this, and I find it very strange since I can still connect via ssh.

EDIT: Weirdly, /etc/resolv.conf does not contain any entries, or none that I can make sense of:

# Generated by NetworkManager
search sui-inter.net


# No nameservers found; try putting DNS servers into your
# ifcfg files in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts like so:
#
# DNS1=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
# DNS2=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
# DOMAIN=lab.foo.com bar.foo.com

So is it possible that rebooting the server erased that file? It worked before at least! And how do I solve this?

By the way, pinging an IP address works.

My answer:


Don’t allow NetworkManager to manage your server’s NIC.

Edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0. Find the line:

NM_CONTROLLED=yes

Change it to read:

NM_CONTROLLED=no

If the line doesn’t exist, just add it.


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