System Administration Guide: Network Interfaces and Network Virtualization

Virtual Networks Task Map

This table lists the tasks for configuring a virtual network, including links to the specific tasks. Note that not all tasks will apply to your virtual network scenario.



For Instructions 

Begin creating a virtual network on a single host with access to the external network. 

Create one or more virtual network interfaces (VNICs). VNICs are the pseudo-interfaces upon which you build the virtual network 

How to Create a Virtual Network Interface

Create exclusive IP zones as the containers for the virtual network. 

Note –

Use these tasks only if you want zones as the containers in the virtual network. To set up Sun xVM Server domains for network virtualization, refer to the Sun xVM Server Information Wiki.

Create, install, and boot one or more exclusive IP zones. 

How to Create an Exclusive IP Zone Over a VNIC and How to Install the Exclusive IP Zone on a VNIC

Complete virtual network configuration. 

Complete initial zone configuration through the zone console, or manually configure IP addresses for the VNICs, and update the associated network databases. 

How to Configure an Exclusive IP Zone Over a VNIC Through the Zone Console or How to Manually Configure the VNIC and Exclusive IP Zone

Verify that the exclusive IP zone and VNIC are configured properly. 

Perform a series of checks to validate the zone and VNIC configuration. 

How to Verify the Exclusive IP Zone Over VNIC Configuration

Take down the existing virtual network. 

Delete the VNICs and halt the zones prior to reconfiguration or other purposes. 

How to Remove the Virtual Network Without Removing the Zones

Create a private virtual network on a single host. 

Create the etherstub pseudo-interface that isolates the private network, plus the VNICs, and zones that complete the private network's structure. 

How to Create Etherstubs and VNICs for the Private Virtual Network

Configure network-address translation and routing on the private virtual network. 

Allow outbound traffic from the private network while denying inbound traffic from the external network. 

How to Configure Routing and Network Address Translation for the Private Virtual Network