[ovs-discuss] Open vSwitch, brcompatd & OpenVZ on Debian

Gregor Schaffrath grsch at net.t-labs.tu-berlin.de
Thu May 5 09:22:47 UTC 2011

With brcompat, you should be able to set things up as they were before...

However - beware two issues I personally stumbled across:
1) if you don't start with a blank ovs configuration database at boot time, you'll end up with redundant entries in it, because the debian startup scripts will add interfaces again and again via brcompatd
2) mind that setting a vlan trunk on a port has a slightly different semantic with openvswitch compared to the std. linux bridge: as soon as you've added a trunk, you won't see _any_ traffic except this trunk on the port anymore (not even on eth0, if you created eth0.395 using vconf !)

Otherwise: To get an understanding on how to operate things... unless you want to bridge vlans, you could consider openvswitch just a manageable switch (setting port configuration by database manipulations - have a look at 'ovs-vsctl list Port' ; and don't forget to set the tag values for the virtual interfaces ;) )


On Thu, May 05, 2011 at 09:28:54AM +0100, Sam Gaw wrote:
> I've been experimenting with OVS (1.1.0pre2) alongside OpenVZ running on Debian Squeeze (2.6.32-5) and was wondering if anyone had any experience or advice with this sort of setup?
> Normally with OpenVZ I would create a bridge and add the containers' veth interfaces to the bridge. The config in /etc/network/interfaces ends up looking like:
> 	allow-hotplug eth0
> 	iface eth0 inet manual
> 	auto vzbr0
> 	iface vzbr0 inet static
> 	    address
> 	    netmask
> 	    gateway
> 	    bridge_ports eth0
> 	    bridge_stp off
> 	    bridge_fd 0
> The command to join the container's eth0 veth interface to the bridge is just:
> 	vzctl set 100 --netif_add eth0,,,,vzbr0 --save
> Reading the Open vSwitch documentation on VLANs (http://openvswitch.org/?page_id=146) it describes exactly how I'd want the bridges to operate, as a VLAN trunk to my switches, but I'm not quite sure what config I'm expected to use to set the bridges up. I've tried creating a new bridge with both ovs-vsctl (add-br, add-port) and brctl but I'm not seeing any traffic going to my containers.
> Any help is much appreciated.
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> Sam
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