Network Configuration Examples (Xen 4.1+)
- 1 Overview
- 2 Distribution Network Configuration Examples
- 3 Distribution Specific Resources
When using the
xl toolstack the host networking configuration is not configured by the toolstack but rather administrators are required to setup an appropriate network configuration using the tools provided by their host distribution.
There are two main styles of network setup for a Xen host, bridged and routed. The default and most common is bridged. See Xen Networking for a general discussion of what each of these options mean.
From Xen 4.1 onwards the
network-bridge script will only reconfigure the host network stack if the network stack does not appear to have been configured already (e.g. no bridges currently exist). This change allows administrators who wish to configure the network stack themselves to do so by default while preserving the existing behaviour for those who do not. Other
network-* scripts will still unconditionally reconfigure networking when called by
xend. To force
xend to never try and reconfigure networking edit /etc/xen/xend-config.sxp and remove any (network-script ...) options.
Other toolstack's requirements may differ. e.g. XCP contains its own mechanisms for configuring networking which should be used instead.
When using bridging it is recommended to use the
xenbrN naming convention for maximum compatibility.
Distribution Network Configuration Examples
The following sections contain examples of common network configurations for various Linux distributions.
A host with correctly configured bridged networking should have a bridge device (or "shared physical device" in libvirt terms), to which guests can be attached and have full LAN access. This can be seen in the output of the
brctl show command.
bridge name bridge id STP enabled interfaces xenbr0 8000.000e0cb30550 yes eth0
Note: Your system may be configured several bridges. e.g.
libvirt will create a bridge called
Disable Netfilter on Bridges (All Distributions)
In addition to the per distribution examples below it is highly recommended for performance and security reasons that netfilter is disabled on all bridges by adding the following to
/etc/sysctl.conf. See Fedora Bug #512206 for more details.
net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 0 net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 0 net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables = 0
Then run, as root:
# sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf
Alternatively you can configure
iptables to allow all traffic to be forwarded across the bridge by adding the following rule:
-I FORWARD -m physdev --physdev-is-bridged -j ACCEPT
The manner in which this can be achieved is distro specific.
Example Debian-style bridge configuration (e.g. Debian, Ubuntu)
Under Debian (and its derivative distributions) the basic network configuration is managed by the
ifupdown tool and configured via the
/etc/network/interfaces configuration file which is described in the
interfaces(5) man page. The Linux bridge configuration tools are supplied in the
bridge-utils package which integrates support into
/etc/network/interfaces as described in the
bridge-utils-interfaces(5) man page.
The following examples show
/etc/network/interfaces stanzas which setup common network configurations. Substitute
eth0 as necessary. In most cases you will also want to include an
auto xenbr0 line to cause the bridge to be brought up on boot.
Note! The IP configuration of the bridge device should replace the IP configuration of the underlying interface, i.e. remove the IP settings from eth0 and move them to the bridge interface. eth0 will function purely as the physical uplink from the bridge so it can't have any IP (L3) settings on it!
Example 1: A single bridged network using eth0 configured with a local IP address via DHCP
iface xenbr0 inet dhcp bridge_ports eth0
Example 2: A single bridged network using eth0 configured with a static local IP address
iface xenbr0 inet static bridge_ports eth0 address 192.168.1.2 broadcast 192.168.1.255 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1
Example 3: A single bridged network using eth0 with no local IP address
iface xenbr0 inet manual bridge_ports eth0
Example 4: An internal bridge with no external connectivity. Note that
$IFACE here can be entered literally, it is substituted automatically by
iface xenbr0 inet manual pre-up brctl addbr $IFACE up ip link set $IFACE up post-down brctl delbr $IFACE down ip link set $IFACE down
Example 5: A bridge on VLAN #2 of device eth0:
iface xenbr0.2 inet dhcp bridge_ports eth0.2
The syntax for supporting VLANs in this way is described in the
vlan-interfaces(5) man page. VLAN support requires the
vconfig tool from the
vlan package is installed.
Some other useful options to use in any stanza in a virtualised environment are:
bridge_stp off # disable Spanning Tree Protocol bridge_waitport 0 # no delay before a port becomes available bridge_fd 0 # no forwarding delay
Further information about configuring bridging on Debian-like systems is available in the Debian Wiki.
Red Hat-style bridge configuration (e.g. RHEL, Fedora, CentOS)
As of the time of writing (Fedora 12), NetworkManager still does not support bridging, so it is necessary to use "classic" network initscripts for the bridge, and to explicitly mark them as independent from NetworkManager (the "NM_CONTROLLED=no" lines in the scripts below).
If desired you can completely disable the NetworkManager by running the following commands:
Example 1: Disabling NetworkManager
# chkconfig NetworkManager off # chkconfig network on # service NetworkManager stop # service network start
In order to create a bridged network configuration on a Red Hat-style system it is necessary to create two
ifcfg configuration files under
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts//. The first configures the phyical network device to be placed on a specific bridge. The second (see Example 2 onwards) configures the bridge itself and includes any necessary IP address configuration.
ifcfg files are case sensitive. In particular
Bridge must be written exactly as shown.
Example 1: A physical network device on a bridge: /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0
DEVICE=eth0 HWADDR=00:16:76:D6:C9:45 ONBOOT=yes BRIDGE=xenbr0 NM_CONTROLLED=no
HWADDR to match your actual NIC's address. This configuration is the counterpart used by all of the following
Example 2: A single bridged network configured with a local IP address via DHCP:
DEVICE=xenbr0 TYPE=Bridge BOOTPROTO=dhcp ONBOOT=yes DELAY=0 NM_CONTROLLED=no
Example 3: A single bridged network configured with a static local IP address:
DEVICE=xenbr0 TYPE=Bridge BOOTPROTO=static BROADCAST=192.168.1.255 IPADDR=192.168.1.2 NETMASK=255.255.255.0 ONBOOT=yes DELAY=0 NM_CONTROLLED=no
Example 4: A single bridged network with no local IP address:
DEVICE=xenbr0 TYPE=Bridge BOOTPROTO=none ONBOOT=yes DELAY=0 NM_CONTROLLED=no
Example 5: An internal bridge with no external connectivity:
- An internal bridge can be created as per Example 4 but omitting the
eth0configuration shown in example 1.
Some other useful options to use in any stanza are:
MTU=9000 # Configure Jumbo frames
After changing this restart networking by running:
# service network restart
As discussed above it is recommended to disable netfilter for bridges. However you can alternatively you can configure
iptables to allow all traffic to be forwarded across the bridge as follows:
echo "-I FORWARD -m physdev --physdev-is-bridged -j ACCEPT" > /etc/sysconfig/iptables-forward-bridged lokkit --custom-rules=ipv4:filter:/etc/sysconfig/iptables-forward-bridged service libvirtd reload
Further information is available in the libvirt wiki.
In order to configure routed networking on a host it is necessary to enable IP forwarding on the host.
In addition unless you control the routing tables of the upstream gateway it will also be necessary to enable proxy ARP for the physical devices which will be handling traffic. This will cause the domain 0 kernel to reply to ARP requests on behalf of the guests in order to cause traffic for those guests to be routed to domain 0 such that they can be forwarded to the domain.
In these examples we assume that
eth0 is the physical interface used to route traffic.
Enabling Routing (All Distributions)
These options are controlled via the sysctl interface and are documented in networking/ip-sysctl.txt in the Linux kernel source.
To enable these options edit the file
/etc/sysctl.conf and add or uncomment the following lines:
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1 net.ipv4.conf.eth0.proxy_arp = 1
To make this change take effect immediately run, as root:
# sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.conf
Distribution Specific Resources
In general most host level networking configuration is done using the tools provided by the domain 0 Operating System and is not in any way specific to Xen. This section links to various resources provided by distributions.