How to Setup Static IP Address on Debian 6 Squeeze

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How to Setup Static IP Address on Debian 6 Squeeze

In order to setup a static IP on Debian 6, you need to edit the /etc/network/interfaces file. You will not be able to complete this through a SSH session as obviously you will be changing the IP address of the system. Create a backup of the file first:

#sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.org

Edit the interfaces file as follows:

#sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
address 192.168.2.8
gateway 192.168.2.1
netmask 255.255.255.0
network 192.168.2.0
broadcast 192.168.2.255

!Important – make sure you use your own IP addressing in the above example.

Restart the networking services:

# sudo ifdown eth0 && ifup eth0