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How to: Configure the XRA-31 Management IP Address
Posted by Tom Ghyselinck, Last modified by Dries Decock on 27 November 2023 09:40 AM

By default the XRA-31 system will use DHCP to get its management IP. In some lab-environments this is not wanted. This page explains you how you can configure a fixed IP on the management interface.

XRA-31 version 5.2 and higher

Since XRA-31 version 5.2, we have switched from the network manager wicd (unsupported as of Debian bullseye) to NetworkManager.

NetworkManager is considerably more flexible and allows you to configure both the MAN1 (device eno1) and MAN2 (device eno2) interfaces separately, both in IPv4 or IPv6 mode. Static wicd IPv4 configuration is automatically migrated during an XRA-31 system upgrade and is present in the connection profile "Migrated from wicd".

Right click on the networking icon in the system tray to configure the management IP address: first via clicking on "Edit Connections..." and configuring the settings of a connection profile, next by toggling the checkbox "Enable Networking" twice to disable/re-enable networking to forcefully apply the settings.

XRA-31 version 5.1 and lower

All the configuration is done by using the Wicd tool on the system.

Start the Wicd graphical UI from either the main menu

or via the network configuration icon on the bottom right on your screen

The main status and configuration window will open.
Click on "Properties" to change the configuration of the wired connection:

Select "Use Static IPs"
Configure the IPv4 address, netmask and gateway.

Configure DNS settings:

  • DNS domain: your domain name
  • (optional) Search domain: domains to search in when looking for a host name
  • DNS server: One or more DNS servers

Press "OK" to save the changes.

Disconnect + re-connect to apply the changes immediately.
Please note that existing network connections will be closed.

The connection will be established now with the new configuration:

Known issue

Up to XRA-31 version 3.1, there is a bug in Wicd Network Manager that causes connection problems for a static IP address (leading to "Not connected" status after clicking "Connect").

As a temporary workaround, please configure the static IP address settings as detailed above and perform the following additional steps after each system reboot.

  1. Close the Wicd Network Manager. Right click on the network configuration icon on the bottom right on your screen and click Quit.
  2. From the main menu, open a command line (LXTerminal) and execute   wicd-cli --wired -c
  3. Run the command  ip address show  to verify the network settings have been successfully applied.

A permanent patch will be included in XRA-31 version 4.0 and higher to make these steps unnecessary.

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