SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: How Do I Manually Add Networking in the USB BMR Environment?



How do I manually add networking in the new USB Bare Metal Restore (BMR) environment using Nmtui?


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You normally configure networking through the BMR UI. However, you can set up networking manually if needed, using the steps below.

1. Log into the BMR environment and type ctrl+alt+f1 to get a local shell. Next, login as root (the password will appear on the screen) and type nmtui.

Figure 1: Log into the BMR environment (click to enlarge)

2. Choose Edit a connection in the NetworkManager TUI dialog box to manually modify a connection's IP information.

Figure 2: Edit a connection (click to enlarge)

3. The next screen displays existing connections.  If a connection is shown here, it is likely your active network interface and may already have associated IP information. To edit that connection, use the arrow keys to select Edit.

Figure 3: Current connections displayed (click to enlarge)

4. Use the arrow keys to set an IPv4 connection. 

Figure 4: Select IPv4 Connection (click to enlarge)

5. Select the IPv4 address and change Automatic to Manual.

Figure 5: Change the address from automatic to manual (click to enlarge)

6. Enter the address, gateway DNS, and search domain settings, then click OK.

Figure 6: add the remaining networking information (click to enlarge)

7. Click quit to go back to the shell screen, then type nmtui to re-enter nmtui and set the new network changes. Next, select activate a connection and choose the connection you previously set in step 1. In the example below, that connection is named Wired connection 1. 

Figure 7: Select the connection after re-entering nmtui (click to enlarge)

8. Move the selection to Deactivate and click Enter to make the change. Then select Activate again to reactivate the connection.

Figure 8: Deactivate, then reactivate the connection (click to enlarge)

9. Type Quit to exit nmtui, then type ifconfig in the command line to verify the connection settings.

Figure 9: Quit, then verify the connection settings (click to enlarge)

10. Use the Add selection in nmtui to repeat this process for other NIC cards that need configuring. 

Figure 10: Repeat this process for other NIC cards (click to enlarge)

Additional resources

Fedora networking with nmcli (command line version) 

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