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The default and suggested means of creating and managing VNICs on the gateway is through use of BridgeX gateway administrative commands. To use the commands described in these topics, you must either be the root user of the management controller or access them through the /SYS/Gateway_Mgmt or /SYS/Fabric_Mgmt Linux shell targets of the Oracle ILOM CLI. The VNICs you create through the commands are based on the InfiniBand hosts.
When creating VNICs, consider this:
You must specify the MAC for the VNIC. If you do not, the default MAC for the VNIC is 00:00:00:00:00:00, which renders the VNIC unusable.
You must ensure that each MAC is unique.
If you do not have a list of unique global MACs, use locally administrated MACs.
VNICs will not go to an up state without an active Subnet Manager present.
Manually created VNICs are persistent, and survive reboots and power cycles.