VirtualBox - Cloning Ubuntu (or Debian) based image issues

Technical Apr 21, 2010

In the interest of having this information somewhere handy:
Firstly, to successfully install VirtualBox Guest Additions within a server based image:

sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

I discovered that if you clone an ubuntu server based image, networking stops functioning in the clone.
The reason for this is that the new Machine assigns a new MAC address to the NIC. So the Udev rules think it's a new card, and assign it a new device id, like eth1, or eth2, etc.

To prevent this from happening, in your base image, edit /lib/udev/rules.d/75-persistent-net-generator.rules

Search for 'xen', and you'll see a block about ignoring the Xen virtual interfaces. Add the following below it:

 # ignore VirtualBox virtual interfaces
	ATTR{address}=="08:00:27:*", GOTO="persistent_net_generator_end"

Save it, and then remove the file /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules.

Do the same thing in any cloned images with broken networking, and reboot the VMs.


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