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NOTE

This post is a follow up on my post OpenVSwitch: Multi-Host Overlay Network. The interface in this example is named br0. Change according to your interface.

Preparing for using the interface configurations

To persist the configurations you can either use the NetworkManager or use good old network-scripts. Here I'm going to show how it's done using the good old network-scripts. First at all we have to disable the NetworkManager service with this command:

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systemctl disable NetworkManager.service

And enable the old fashioned network.service with:

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systemctl enable network.service

WARNING

You need to have properly configured network-scripts for your other “normal” interfaces too (like enp3s0) or else after a reboot the network connectivity to your server will not work correctly!!

We can now go on to creating the configuration for the OpenVSwitch bridges and ports.

Creating configuration for an interface named obr0

NOTE

You should only need to persist IP configurations for bridge devices and not ports.

Create a file called /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-obr0:

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NAME="obr0"
DEVICE="obr0"
NM_CONTROLLED="yes"
ONBOOT="yes"
IPV6INIT=no
TYPE="OVSBridge"
DEVICETYPE="ovs"
MTU=1400
IPADDR=10.244.1.0
PREFIX=16

WDWD

OpenVSwitch related configuration

The following options/arguments are important when configuring OpenVSwitch created interfaces:

Summary

That's all you need to do, disable the NetworkManager.service and activate the good old network service.