Centos cannot find ethernet card - virtual machine

Hi Experts,

I can't find my ethernet network card on my centos 6 virtual server. This is setup over a ESX platform.

Troubleshooting done:
1. When I run "ifconfig", it only shows my loopback interface
2. If I do system-config-network  ( I see the network card with the correct ip address)
3. If I go to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts  ( I see ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-lo)
4. If I go to /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0  (the correct info is there)
5. When I do service network restart, I get a message that reads:  Device eth0 does not seem to be present, delaying initialization.
6. On the VM settings is set to "Connected" and Connect at power on.

How do I fix this?  thank you for your help
RandallVillalobosAsked:
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PapertripConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ifconfig is only going to show interfaces that are up unless you add -a

Please paste the contents of ifcfg-eth0, perhaps it has the HWADDR or MACADDR of a different machine.  This can happen with a VM created from a template or cloned.  If either of those options are present you are safe to comment them out or edit it to match your actual MAC, but those options are mutually exclusive.

Also check out /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules and make sure the MAC matches eth0
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oleggoldCommented:
In ESX server vmware network adapter for the connection method You chose (say bridged) click properties,see ip adress it's using,then configure Your Centos machine with the same address.
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oleggoldCommented:
If centos can't find the network card could be vm machine problem,check Your vmx file for doubles/errors i n ethernet definitions
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RandallVillalobosAuthor Commented:
thank you
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