System Administration Guide: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization

Administration of Other Link Types

The separation between network configuration and network hardware configuration introduces the same flexibility to other types of link configurations. For example, virtual local area networks (VLANs), link aggregations, and IP tunnels can be assigned administratively-chosen names and then configured by referring to those names. Other related tasks, such as performing dynamic reconfiguration (DR) to replace hardware devices, are also easier to perform because no further network reconfiguration is required, provided that the network configuration was not deleted.

The following figure shows the interrelationship among devices, link types, and their corresponding interfaces.

Figure P–2 Types of Link Configurations in the Network Stack

Panoramic view of devices, and different link configurations

The figure also provides a sample of how administratively chosen names can be used in the network setup;

All of the link and interface configurations in this figure are independent of the configurations in the underlying hardware. For example, if the qfe card is replaced, the video0 interface configuration for video traffic remains and can later be applied to a replacement NIC.