[64 bit] server 12.04.1 64bit on vmware esxi 4 - network issues: dhcp vs static

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http://ubuntuforums.org – greetings. the shop i work in currently runs vmware esxi 4 (u3, i believe). we have been a red hat shop on the linux side, and have a fair number of rhel guest systems, but we were recently asked to set up an ubuntu server. i chose 12.04.1 since it an lts release. i'm not really a vmware person, but they helped me through it and now i can create new guests with no problem. unfortunately, i'm having a problem with ubuntu and i can't figure it out. (i've installed a lot of *nix systems over the years, so this isn't my first rodeo. just my first vmware one :) i've even installed ubuntu a (Hardware)