Configure New VMware Image on Gentoo

Written by Peter Davies on .

VMware Setup

Use the base template: "Linux Gentoo 64bit", although this will definitely need its packages updating. Please note, the limited space on this hosting account prevents me uploading the VM image, although it is a base Gentoo installation that can be easily reconstructed.

Change Network Settings

Modify the IP address in the following file

nano /etc/conf.d/net

Edit the following file replacing the MAC address with the one in the VMware settings page:

nano /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

Edit Hostname

Change the name of the server to something new:

nano /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
nano /etc/hosts
nano /etc/conf.d/hostname

Edit Apache vhosts

Locate the file and replace the IP address with the machine IP + change the hostname:

nano /home/dev/apache/conf/vhosts.conf

SKIP: Also edit the httpd.conf file to set the hostname near "SetEnv LOCAL_SERVER_NAME machine":


Modify MySQL Bind Address

Locate the words "bind-address" and change to the server IP:

nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Change SSH Bind Address

Edit the IP address in sshd_config file:

nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Remove SSH Keys

You must remove the existing SSH keys as they no longer apply to the new host:

rm /etc/ssh/ssh_host_key* /etc/ssh/ssh_host_dsa_key* /etc/ssh/ssh_host_rsa_key*

Modify GRUB

Perform the following to change the name of the server:

mount /boot
nano /boot/grub/grub.conf
cd ~
umount /boot

Restart the Server

And finally test the shutdown / startup processes by simply rebooting:

shutdown –r now

Update the Packages

Now do an "emerge" to update out of date packages:

emerge --sync
emerge –up world

Update Postfix Mail Aliases

Now do an "emerge" to update out of date packages: