Many system customization files can include network interface names, and thus will require updates if moving a system from the old convention to the new convention. If you use the new naming convention, you will also need to update network interface names in areas such as custom iptables rules, scripts altering irqbalance, and other similar configuration files. Also, enabling this change for installation will require modification to existing kickstart files that use device names via the
ksdevice parameter; these kickstart files will need to be updated to use the network device's MAC address or the network device's new name.
Red Hat strongly recommends that you consider this feature to be an install-time choice; enabling or disabling the feature post-install, while technically possible, can be complicated and is not recommended. For those system administrators who want to do so, on a system that meets the minimum requirements, remove the
/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules file and the
HWADDR lines from all
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-* files. In addition, rename those
ifcfg-* files to use this new naming convention. The new names will be in effect after reboot. Remember to update any custom scripts, iptables rules, and service configuration files that might include network interface names.