My issue appears to be with the virtual machine just not working via the network. I can only describe it as when your windows computer has not been used for a while and then the power management takes over and turns it down. The eth is up, everything is fine and working via the local computer (via ipmi and virtual manager) however the network service has to be restarted whenever I have not done anything with the VM for an extended period of time (20 mins?, not sure). The only thing I can do at this point is make a cron job that runs every 5 minutes and have a script that runs service network restart over and over and over and over again. gotta be missing something.