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After configuring ubuntu 16.04 LTS to use the eth0 name I have successfully configured the etc/network/interfaces file with settings for eth0. When I reboot, however only the lo interface is showing.

I manually created the /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules file as such:

SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:50:56:8f:54:d7", ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", NAME="eth0"

Still when I reboot the eth0 interface is unavailable. I have to manually start it by using ifup command.

Can anyone help with this? FYI this is a virtual vm using esxi vmnext3 virtual nic if that makes a difference

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I figured this out.....in the /etc/network/interfaces file I had the auto line messed up.

Fixed that and all is good.

auto eth0

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