Setting A Static IP Address On An Ubuntu Virtual Box Machine

Here is are some quick and dirty instructions on setting (fixing) the IP address of Ubuntu within a Virtual Box VM:

  • In the Virtual Box Manager right-click your VM then choose “Settings”
  • On the left click “Network”
  • Change the adapter to “Bridged Adapter”
  • Log into your VM (probably using the VM console)
  • Edit the file
    sudo nano -w /etc/network/interfaces
  • Comment out iface eth0 inet dhcp by putting a # in front of the line
  • Add the following lines replacing the X’s for your network values:
    iface eth0 inet static
    address x.x.x.x
    netmask x.x.x.x
    network x.x.x.x
    broadcast x.x.x.x
    gateway x.x.x.x
    dns-nameservers x.x.x.x
  • Exit nano and save the file ([Control] + [X] then [Y])
  • Restart the interface
    sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

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