OK, I am setting up an OpenSuse 13.1 based VM/File server.
Supermicro SC846 – 24 Bay (from TAMs)
Motherboard: H8DME-2 Updated BIOS to v3.5
CPU :2 AMD Opteron Hex Core 2431 @ 2.4Ghz for total of 12 cores
RAM : 56 GB
IPMI Card: Kira 100
3 SAT2-MV8 PCI-X Raid cards
2 on board Gigabit NIC
1 Intel Pro Dual port PCI-X
Total 4 NIC ports.
so, question(s) is how do I setup my NIC ports.
I use ifap, is there any reason to use network manager?
this is also a VM server do a bridge setup is needed. not sure if you can use xenbridge(s) with Network manager.
what I have right now is:
current network is 192.168.1.xxx based.
router is 192.168.1.1
all interfaces are connected to the 24-port netgear switch (simple not managed)
each NIC is assigned Hardware Id as follows:
NIC1 – enp8s0 → on-board NIC, also is a primary LAN interface for the server used for ssh access and otherwise external connect to the server from home LAN.
static IP 192…20
NIC2 – enp9s0 → second on-board NIC, not used for anything. if not needed thinking of do a nic-teaming with primary for speed increase. right now is connected and setup as DHCP
external Intel Pro Card Ports, not used at all. plan is to use them for Sophos UTM VM as WAN and LAN interfaces for the UTM.
NIC3 – enp6s0
NIC4 – enp6s1
my issues currently.
after setting up and booting with Xen 4.3, primary bridge is created (br0) using the NIC1(enp8s0)
the nick config changes to (0.0.0.0/32) and all the settings(host name, domain,IP etc.) is moved to br0. this works as I have access to the internet andcan see the server on the network as well no isses.
but when I setup bridged for the rest of the interfaces they do not work.
I mean I see the connections in the task bar but they are showing limited connectivity.
how would I go with setting up the connections so I can use them for UTM VM for example?
any help would be appreciated.
the basic idea here would be to :
a. connect NIC1 – enp8s0 to the switch so it provides basic all around connectivity for the server. this works.
b. connect NIC3 – enp6s0 to the switch and assign it to the UTM VM as eth0-LAN
connect NIC4 – enp6s1NIC to the CableModem(internet) and assign it to the UTM VM as eth1-WAN
if this nics will only be used by UTM VM do I need the bridge for them.
currently I create bridge for each NIC I have thus bridge br2 and br3 are for NIC3 and NIC4 respectively but this does not seam to work as UTM have no connectivity what so ever.
nic2 is not used at all so not too important at the moment…