I'm using the BT4 VMware image, and the DHCP lease time is around 30 minutes. I can't change this setting via VMware while its in bridged mode. I followed the instructions in "How To Start Networking in Backtrack" to no avail.
Here is the contents of /etc/network/interfaces
and the contents of resolv.conf
iface eth0 inet static
Also (just noticed) that it seems to have reverted my nameservers to the default? I had them changed to OpenDNS.
Thanks for any help. This is totally ruining my port forwarding with reverse-connecting metasploit payloads.