Initial Settings after installing the CentOS 7

1) To change the hostname permanently, edit the following file:

sudo vi /etc/hostname


Here you can simply put the name of your system (in my case, I have assigned it CentOS-7):

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After that, edit the hosts file:

sudo vi /etc/hosts

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Here add the same name, that you have added in the /etc/hostname file, after

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After reboot, it will display the new hostname.

2) After login to the CentOS7 server(minimal installation), you will notice that the system doesn’t have ifconfig command :

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Install the net-tools package which will include ifconfig:

sudo yum install net-tools

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Try the ifconfig command once again:

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3) Change the default network interface name to “eth0″

CentOS7 has a default nic name as “en016…..”, as we can see in above screenshoot. To change it back to the default network device name like “ethX”, edit the grub file:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

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Search for the line “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX” and append the following: “net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0

Will look like this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" crashkernel=auto vconsole.font=latarcyrheb-sun16 rhgb 
quiet net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0"

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Create a new configuration based on the currently running system using grub2-mkconfig command:

sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

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Rename the interface files by renaming the file “/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-en01…

sudo mv /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eno16777736 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

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Reboot the system:

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After reboot, check the interface name:

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4) Configure the static ip on the server:

Edit the interface file under /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory:

sudo vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0

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Here is my ifcfg-eth0 file as a sample, please change it according to your requirement:


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Stop and disable the NetworkManager service, because we don’t need it on the server:

sudo systemctl stop NetworkManager 
sudo systemctl disable NetworkManager

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Restart the network service(Be careful, if you are connecting remotely, because you will be disconnected after issue this command):

sudo service network restart

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Check the newly assigned static ip:

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5) Disable IPv6:

First check that IPv6 is enabled or not:

lsmod | grep -i ipv6

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Edit the grub file:

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

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Search for the line “GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX” and add the following at the beginning: “ipv6.disable=1

Will look like this:


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Create a new configuration based on the currently running system using grub2-mkconfig command:

sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

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Reboot the system:

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Once again, check the IPv6 on the system:

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6) EPEL repository on Centos 7

To install the EPEL repository, issue the following command:

sudo rpm -Uvh

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List your new repos:

sudo yum repolist

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7) Enable iptables services(instead of firewalld):

When you will try to start/restart the iptables on newly install server, will get this error:

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To fix this error, install the iptables-services package:

sudo yum install iptables-services

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Re-run the command to restart the iptables:

sudo service iptables restart

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Hope this will help you!