Chapter 5. Managing Networks

Table of Contents

5.1. Oracle VM Networking Overview
5.2. Network Usage
5.3. Building a Network Environment
5.4. Network Bonding
5.5. Network Bridges
5.6. VLAN Groups and VLAN Segments
5.6.1. Configuring VLANs
5.6.2. Configuring VLAN Groups
5.7. Creating Additional Networks
5.8. Managing Bonded Interfaces
5.9. Managing VLAN Groups
5.9.1. Creating a VLAN Group
5.9.2. Editing a VLAN Group
5.9.3. Deleting a VLAN Group
5.10. Managing Networks
5.10.1. Creating a Network
5.10.2. Editing a Network
5.10.3. Deleting a Network
5.10.4. Configuring the Management Network on a VLAN
5.10.5. Dealing with Failed Network Operations
5.11. Editing Network Data

Networking is a very broad concept with many different interpretations. Data center administrators typically have their own idea about what the best network configuration is in terms of performance, security and cost-effectiveness. In some cases physical network connections are readily available so bonding is preferred for fail over or higher bandwidth, while other configurations use VLANs for network segregation or to compensate for the lack of free NICs. Some will use Ethernet connections for storage while others have dedicated fibre channel hardware at their disposal.

Generally speaking, data center operators tend to think essentially in terms of hardware: switches, routers, firewalls, cables, NICs (Network Interface Cards), and so on. The only widespread network virtualization concept to date is VLAN (Virtual LAN) technology. VLANs are also very frequently used in Oracle VM networking.

The networking infrastructure in the Oracle VM environment comprises connections between Oracle VM Servers, between Oracle VM Servers and Oracle VM Manager, between the Oracle VM Servers and their storage sub-systems, as well as communications among virtual machines deployed in the environment, and between virtual machines and external private or public networks.

These networking connections can leverage features supported by Oracle VM, such as networked file systems, clustering, redundancy and load balancing, bridging, and support for Virtual LANs (VLANs).

This chapter discusses creating and using Oracle VM networks.