4.1 Creating a virtual machine network

This example creates a virtual machine network using network interface cards (NICs) on the Oracle VM Servers discovered earlier. In this example we are using bonded Ethernet ports. Each Oracle VM Server should have a set of Ethernet ports to use for the virtual machine network. Oracle recommends at least two ports per Oracle VM Server, one for the management network, and one for a network with the Virtual Machine role. Replace the information in this example with that of your Oracle VM Servers and environment.

To create a virtual machine network:

  1. Click the Networking tab, then the Networks subtab.

  2. Click Create New Network... Create New Network icon in the toolbar to start the Create Network wizard. In this example we use the Ethernet ports on each Oracle VM Server to create a network for virtual machine traffic. Select Create a network with Ports/Bond Ports/VLAN Interfaces and click Next.

  3. At the Create Network step of the wizard, enter a name for the network and select the network functions. The Network Uses fields are where you decide which network functions are to be assigned to the network. Select Virtual Machine and click Next.

  4. At the Select Ports step of the wizard, we need to add an Ethernet port from each Oracle VM Server and add them to the network. Click Add New Ports... Add New Ports icon .

  5. The Add Ports to Network dialog box is displayed.

    This figure shows the Add Ports to Network step where you add the ports to your network.

    Expand the Unassigned Servers folder until you see all the ports for each Oracle VM Server. Select a free port to use on each Oracle VM Server for the network and click OK.

  6. The Select Ports step of the wizard is displayed again. Click Next.

  7. The Select VLAN Interfaces step of the wizard is displayed. In this example we are not using VLAN interfaces, so click Finish to create the network.

The virtual machine network is created and listed in the table. This virtual machine network is ready to use when creating virtual machines.