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Configure Network Settings

The next step is to configure the network resources for the system. When deploying a server workload, it is possible to assign any number of virtual network interfaces and map those interfaces to a logical network. Each compute node is attached to a physical network A and physical network B that correspond to the 10GBit physical ethernet ports on the blade. When assigning a server workload network interface to a logical network, it can be assigned to either:

  • Network A, as a direct attached network link
  • Network B, as a direct attached network link
  • A virtual SDN overlay network that is accessible to any server workload running on any NexVisor system if it has the appropriate assignment to a resource group

The virtual SDN overlay option can scale up to an unlimited number of virtual networks and does not rely on any network assisted VLAN protocols. It allows you to aggregate the physical network paths (A and B) to scale up throughput whilst providing Ethernet level secure isolation. The virtual overlay network implementation is extremely efficient, providing native bandwidth scaling per physical ethernet path without any software overlay overhead commonly introduced with implementations of SDN protocols such as VxLAN or GRE.

Note

The system comes pre-configured with Networks A and B at initialization time. The C option is the recommended approach for any communication between workloads, running across the system that does not require routable external traffic access.

To set up a virtual network, follow the next steps:

Step 1 of 4 - Select the compute resources:

Click the Networks tab and select the Create Network Group option. Select nodes that will be part of the network. If you are not sure which nodes to include, select all of them.

Step 1 - Choose MV resources

Step 2 of 4 - Select the physical paths to carry traffic:

Select physical paths that should be used to send and receive traffic for the virtual network. You can physically separate traffic between virtual networks if performance isolation is required. The physical paths that you select will be used to send packets in aggregate to other virtual network members.

Step 2 - Choose physical paths

Step 3 of 4 - Choose the IP address assignment method:

Next, you need to configure the IP address assignment behavior for this network. As an admin, you can choose between:

  • DHCP assignment of addresses based on server workload network interface MAC address
  • Static assignment configured into the server workload using the cloud-init logic

Ensure that all the appropriate network fields are entered in order to avoid complicated network diagnostic issues when communicating between server workloads.

Step 3 - Choose IP assignment method

Step 4 - Finalise the network creation wizard:

Enter the Name and Description for your new virtual network. Click the Finish button to instantiate the network.