New Mobo - Change MAC Address

Fred Skrotzki fskrotzki at
Wed Feb 28 11:38:43 CST 2007

Assuming you are subnet'd as a standard class C, you are then pinging
the broadcast address on a standard class C (/24).  So that ends up
sending to each system in the subnet.  This works for other network
subneting schemes also (Just hit the last address in the subnet).  Each
card looks for broadcast request stuff on the last IP of the subnet
(bootp, dhcp, etc all announce and exchange data that way). That is also
the reason it is going crazy as it basically hits all the systems at the
same time from a IP they are not, causes several other issues like
redirect announcements, Ping also sends multiple packets so it repeats'
the process several times hammering the network and generating traffic.
So if you want to flood you network for a few seconds that is one way to
do it.

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tom Brown
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2007 11:10 AM
To: J. Epperson
Cc: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: New Mobo - Change MAC Address

> A quick way I've found that will often get all the arp caches straight

> is a "ping -b" from the machine with the changed MAC.


for some reason the gateway goes walkies after doing this but doing a
'network restart' after the ifconfig up works -

thanks all!

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