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Dell Server Hardware and Centos 6.x

From time to time we need to build new server hardware with the latest stable releases of CentOS (our *nix distro of choice).  Got a new Dell R420, and I loaded it up with our iso of CentOS 6.0.  Got installed all to find out that the CentOS maintainers disabled network configuration by default.  This means that ifcfg-eth0 (typical interface) was disabled by default and would not try to connect with DHCP.  I thought this might have been the problem, but found out after doing a OS reinstall, that in fact CentOS 6.0 does not have support for the Broadcom 57xx network adapter chipset.  Red Hat Enterprise Linux found support for this chipset with CentOS 6.2.

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So, instead of finding the driver, placing it on a USB thumbdrive, and installing the correct drivers, I downloaded the new CentOS 6.2 install .iso file and reinstalled.

Boom.  That fixed it.

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