I have a Fedora 22 laptop with a VirtualBox VM on it. All worked fine when I attached the VM to my wireless network card, but I want to attach it to my hardwired card because the wireless changes. But I cannot ping the VM from my host. Any suggestions?

Here is what I've done:

  • Configured my hardwired nic. Set it to not be managed by Networkmanager. I have brought it up, and I can ping it. ifconfig shows:

    enp0s25: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500`
        inet  netmask  broadcast`
        ether 3c:97:0e:38:c4:9d  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
  • Configured my VM with an IP of

  • Ensured that the VM network device is enabled and attached to "Bridged Adapter", and that it is indeed the hardwired nic.

I start tcpdump -i enp0s25 -n on my host. When I ping out from my VM- that is, i ping my host's interface using ping, I get the following on my host:

01:11:57.831609 ARP, Request who-has tell, length 46
01:11:59.827699 ARP, Request who-has tell, length 46
01:12:00.827591 ARP, Request who-has tell, length 46

the VM says, "Destination host unreachable" (as you would expect when ARP does not reply).

BTW, I checked with Wireshark and I have verified that the incoming arp packet is not VLAN tagged. Just to be sure.


  • Note that I have no cable connected to my nic. ...I wonder if that's apropros...? Because if I try to ping, Linux will not send out any packet even though the nic is "UP" according to ifconfig. – Mike S Dec 6 '15 at 8:17

There was no network cable in the nic. Linux will not send out a network packet if Link detected showed "No".

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  • Now the question is: Can I create a device for virtual machines only, which won't use a genuine nic, so I can circumvent this issue? I want to be able to travel (== no network connection) and have my network still operate. – Mike S Dec 6 '15 at 8:27
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    Do a NAT config. Not every places where you connect will give you the necessary IP addresses. – Rui F Ribeiro Dec 6 '15 at 8:31
  • Yeah, I think you're on to it. I wanted to be able to serve PXE requests from my VM, so I was thinking bridged mode. But I can't have my cake and eat it too. So I'm going to create a host-only network, serve up PXE locally to my other VMs, and add a NATed nic to the VM for connecting to the Internet. Thanks. – Mike S Dec 6 '15 at 8:42
  • off-topic, are you toying with vagrant? using ansible here. – Rui F Ribeiro Dec 6 '15 at 9:59
  • No, but thanks for the suggestion. It looks interesting! I'm a salt person myself, we'll see if I can use it with salt. – Mike S Dec 8 '15 at 0:04

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