I am having the same problem. The wicd network manager doesn't autoconnect, and neither can I autoconnect using vasm. I added the following lines to /etc/rc.d/rc.local, which used to work great pre-VL 6.0, but it didn't work this time:
ifconfig eth0 up
Also, when I run ifconfig, all I see is the "lo" entry, no mention of eth0 until the network is up.