Posting my solution to a problem I saw frequently mentioned with no solution to hopefully help others. This is related to importing a VM from vmware


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Mar 20, 2023
Recently I exported several VMs from vmware and imported them into proxmox. I could not for the life of me get it to recognize my ethernet interface. In the VM I was not seeing eth0 or any interfaces related to ethernet. I tried all sorts of things such as updating my interfaces file, using netplan instead of ifconfig, etc. None of these solved my problem. I was getting really frustrated when I read this post:

I then decided to run the command:
qm config <VMID>
against a working VM and the newly imported one. A diff of these showed:

root@pve:/etc/pve/qemu-server# diff 101.conf 200.conf
< boot: order=scsi0;ide2;net0
> boot: order=scsi0
< ide2: local:iso/ubuntu-22.04.2-live-server-amd64.iso,media=cdrom,size=1929660K
< memory: 16384
< meta: creation-qemu=7.1.0,ctime=1684244796
< name: minikube
< net0: rtl8139=D2:F1:FC:44:48:54,bridge=vmbr0
< numa: 0
< ostype: l26
< scsi0: local-lvm:vm-101-disk-0,iothread=1,size=120G
< scsihw: virtio-scsi-single
< smbios1: uuid=7b3212a7-632f-4fc5-8ea7-268067d70201
< sockets: 1
< vmgenid: 18a003cd-78fc-48cd-922f-07ce47710c48

I quickly noticed the net0 section missing from the newly imported VMs config so I added the line:
net0: rtl8139=D2:F1:FC:44:48:67,bridge=vmbr0
(note that I modified the MAC address to not match the mac of the other VM). Essentially I am telling proxmox what driver to use with this VM and the name of the interface on the proxmox host itself. I then rebooted the VM and it got an eth0 interface and an IP address!

Hope this helps someone!


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