Changing NIC

Michael Powell nightrecon at
Fri May 8 18:22:28 UTC 2009

Jos Chrispijn wrote:

> - FreeBSD 7.2-STABLE
> I am about the change the (working) nic of my FreeBSD server with a
> gigabit one.
> Logically I think it would be good to add the new nic first and test it
> and if it is working, just remove the old one (or leave it without cable).
> Is that the common way of doing such? Are there disadvantages with that?

One caveat comes to mind is don't make the mistake of putting the new NIC
in the same subnet as the old one. If it tests out OK you can flip them
with an rc.conf edit and a reboot, and/or a netif restart if you don't want
to reboot.


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