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Old 05-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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FreeBSD Network Connection Problem

Hello All,

I have a FreeBSD Virtual Machine (using VMWare Player) and I can't seem to be able to get access to the network/Internet at all.
I have tried both bot "Bridged" and "NAT" connections (from the VM's Settings), but neither seem to work.

While I was trying the "Bridged" Connection type, the ONLY thing I was able to do was I could ping my Host computer but nothing else. Not a router at, or anything else other then the host computer.

Then, while trying the "NAT" connection type, I can't ping anything at all, not even the host...
I've been messing around with this for 2 days now and I've tried Googling the heck outa this, but no such luck finding a resolution.

I disabled the firewall thinking that may help, but it did not.
FYI: Here are some errors that are just coming up in the terminal, and I can see them in "/ var / log / messages"
inetd[1074]: /usr/libexec/bootpd[5047]: exited, status 1
bootpd[55552]: Can not get my IP address
inetd[1074]: bootps/udp server failing (looping) . service terminated
It shows these same errors over and over and over.....

ifconfig Output: this is while in "Bridged" mode for the Network Adapter
em0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
	ether 00:0c:29:89:f8:ee
	inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
	media: Ethernet autoselect (1000baseT <full-duplex>)
	status: active
plip0: flags=8810<POINTOPOINT,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
ipfw0: flags=8801<UP,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 65536
lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 16384
	inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x4 
	inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128 
	inet netmask 0xff000000 

If anyone has any suggestions, PLEASE feel free...!

Thanks in Advance,

Last edited by mrm5102; 05-04-2012 at 03:39 PM.
Old 05-04-2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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Kind of a lot going on here. Not sure which way to start.

inet says this should be the host's ip address in bridged or at least one of the host's addresses.

That differs from your router unless you fix the subnet.

Freebsd is a bit odd sometimes. Might have to try this again but start with nat. Nat would yield a ip range from the virtual switch/router that the vm has for nat.

Guess you could see a pre-made vm that should work out of the box.
Old 05-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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Hey jefro, thanks for the reply...

I'm not at my laptop at the moment (might have to try tomorrow), but when I am I will definitely give your suggestions a try.

Thanks Again,


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