How to make NIC names persistent across reboots in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5?

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Issue

  • Sometimes a system reboots and has reordered its network interfaces at boot time, resulting in a different naming of those interfaces. How to guarantee consistent NIC names across reboots?
  • My Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 system has network interfaces named ___tmp, not eth0, how can I fix this?

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Network interfaces

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