Thanks for replying Dave,
Unfortunately the problem is that they are clobbered afterwards by root:root ownership by some other setting within the system. So even when they get adjusted with the chown statement they get re-owned by root, thence problem re-occurs.
Some further information, given this is a VM rolled from a Linux host, converted to an OVA file and thence moved to a Windows host with a different subnet, changing the eth0 address value seems to indicate that there are other problems, as I re-installed the VM and tried to start and I know I stated it correctly through Ambari. So it can’t be just that I started it as root.
I will need to close this question as I think the problem lies elsewhere and we might end up chasing the wrong path. I’ll try to return with the answer later but it seems it’s a problem with moving VM’s instead. HDFS was actually working but Ambari was indicating that it wasn’t, failing at starting Secondary Name Node. Not sure if SNN references alternative address methods (IPV6?).
Thanks again for your assistance Dave.