beginner Ubuntu question

have just install Ubuntu for the first time , I dont know what I am doing , I have an Ip address but cannot ping it from my windows box running virtual box

how do I make sure the nics are active?

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MII is used to verify that the NIC is active. To verify that the driver for a particular NIC supports the MII tool, type the following command as root:
# ethtool <interface_name> | grep "Link detected:"

# ethtool eth0 | grep "Link detected:"
        Link detected: yes

# ethtool eth1 | grep "Link detected:"
        Link detected: yes
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Are you using bridged or NAT networking for your virtual machine? What's the IP of your Ubuntu machine?

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On Ubuntu you need to install the VirtualBox Guest additions, Ubuntu doesn't install them automatically. Also make sure you have set the NIC to Bridged in the VBox settings if you want the PC's on your LAN to see the Ubuntu VM.

The Guest additions can be installed via the package manager of Ubuntu (synaptic). Look for "virualbox-guest-utils". You can also open a terminal and install like this:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-utils

That will first update your repo database, and then get and install the guest additions and all that is needed from the ubuntu repositories.

Personally though I advise against using Ubuntu. It uses a desktop UI (Unity) that is very slow and and really doesn't make much sense on a PC. It is particularly slow when installed as a VM. Better would be Xubuntu or Lubuntu. Even better than those would be other Distro's even if they are based on Ubuntu. Many of them will automatically recognize that they are being installed under VBox, and the Guest additions will be included automatically. Really recommendable would be the latest XFCE version of Makulu Linux. Besides having a very nive desktop it is also very fast, and it is based on Ubuntu. It has the additions already installed so you don't have to do that manually.
NAMEWITHELD12Author Commented:
thanks so much all of you , great info !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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