[ovs-discuss] OVS and VirtualBox

Ben Pfaff blp at nicira.com
Thu Oct 14 16:19:49 UTC 2010

We at Nicira don't have official support for VirtualBox.  But, if
VirtualBox sets up "tap" devices or some other kind of kernel-based
network device, then you should be able to create an Open vSwitch bridge
for them and add the tap devices to it.

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 03:51:52PM +0200, Zoltán Lajos Kis wrote:
> VDE is not a requirement for me. I thought that was the way to go when
> switching between VirtualBox instances. What is the supported way
> then?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Pfaff [mailto:blp at nicira.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:38 PM
> To: Zoltán Lajos Kis
> Cc: discuss at openvswitch.org
> Subject: Re: [ovs-discuss] OVS and VirtualBox
> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 10:00:13AM +0200, Zoltán Lajos Kis wrote:
> > I have a setup, where VirtualBox VM's are connected via a VDE 
> > switch[1]. According to the HotNets '09 paper [2] OVS emulates the VDE 
> > interfaces. So what I am trying to do is to replace the VDE switch 
> > with an OVS one. Is there some documentation available on how to do 
> > this? Has anyone experimented with this?
> OVS did have experimental support for replacing VDE, but it didn't ever get merged into mainline.  We still have the branch, but it is over a year out-of-date.  If you want it, we can probably pass it along; I'll ask about that.

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