Get a new IP address for a running VirtualBox Ubuntu Machine


Situation

You have started up a virtual machine in VirtualBox. In this case, I ran Ubuntu 16.10. You then realized that the IP address of your VM is not accessible from your local network. Although you can connect from the Host to your Guest VM (Ubuntu).

Therefore, you would like to change the type of network from “NAT” to “Bridge”. You did this through the GUI menu (Machine > Setting > Network > Adapter 1 –> Change to “Bridged Adapter”

OK, now what. You IP addresses is still the same.

You can check your current IP and network device with

ubuntu:~$ ifconfig

You solution

So, after you have changed the network adapter setting in VirutalBox. First, you will have to restart the networking service of your “Guest” Ubuntu Virutal Machine.

ubuntu:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart

To see the new interface, and the new IP.

ubuntu:~$ cat /etc/network/interfaces

 

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