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Under CentOS6, is it possible to get an interface to RUNNING state without assigning a (dummy) IP address?

# ifconfig em2
em2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 78:2B:CB:67:3E:5C
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

This was working fine on RHEL3 simply by running ifconfig up.

# ifconfig eth1 up
# ifconfig eth1
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:11:25:57:8B:2D
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:10658057 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:1169901971 (1115.7 Mb) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Base address:0x3400 Memory:d0240000-d0260000

# dmesg |grep eth1
… e1000: eth1: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex
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provided there is a link.

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