Creating zone with VNIC and link aggregation

May 15, 2018 2:42 PM

A Solaris Container is the combination of system resource controls and the boundary separation provided by zones. Zones act as completely isolated virtual servers within a single operating system instance. By consolidating multiple sets of application services onto one system and by placing each into isolated virtual server containers, system administrators can reduce cost and provide most of the same protections of separate machines on a single machine [Wikipedia]. 

Solaris zone is a powerfull virtual server with easy to create, easy to configure, and easy to maintain. In networking technology, we can construct the zone using virtual network intefaces and link aggregation.

Virtual network interface is virtual interface which create and running under datalink layer (layer 2 of OSI layer). VNIC has MAC address from automatic generated MAC address when it created. Using dladm facility to create the vnic. 

Link aggregation is integrated of several network interface that are configured together as a single virtual interface. Inside the link aggregation there many network technology can be choosed to support the link availability.  

Picture 0x1: Network configuration sample

0x0. Create VNIC and link aggregation at global zone 

0x0a Create link aggregation
Check availability of physical interface :

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm
LINK                CLASS     MTU    STATE    OVER
net0                phys      1500   up       --
net3                phys      1500   unknown  --
net2                phys      1500   unknown  --

net1                phys      1500   unknown  --

We will use the net2 and net3 to be integrated and constructed as single virtual interface as link aggregation :

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm create-aggr -l net2 -l net3 aggr0
root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-link | grep aggr0
aggr0               aggr      1500   up       net2 net3

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-link
LINK                CLASS     MTU    STATE    OVER
net0                phys      1500   up       --
net3                phys      1500   up       --
net2                phys      1500   up       --
net1                phys      1500   unknown  --
aggr0               aggr      1500   up       net2 net3

0x0b Create VNIC 

VNIC will be use for zone as dedicated NIC in zone. We create it in global zone. VNIC will be create and running over link aggregation. So the VNIC will run over link aggregation. 

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm create-vnic -l aggr0 vnic0
root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-vnic
vnic0      aggr0    1000   2:8:20:88:2c:fc   random      VID:0

0x1. Zone creation 

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/zonecfg -z testzone
Use 'create' to begin configuring a new zone.
zonecfg:testzone> create
create: Using system default template 'SYSdefault'

ip-type is automatically set as 'exclusive'. And the linkname default set as net0. We will set the linkname using the virtual NIC as created previously. And lower-link set to aggr0.

zonecfg:testzone> select anet linkname=net0

zonecfg:testzone:anet> set linkname=vnic0
zonecfg:testzone:anet> set lower-link=aggr0
zonecfg:testzone:anet> end
zonecfg:testzone> verify
zonecfg:testzone> commit

zonecfg:testzone> exit

Check the configured zone :

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/zoneadm list -vc
  ID NAME      STATUS      PATH               BRAND      IP
   0 global    running     /                  solaris    shared

   - testzone  configured  /system/zones/testzone       solaris    excl

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-link
LINK                CLASS     MTU    STATE    OVER
net0                phys      1500   up       --
net3                phys      1500   up       --
net2                phys      1500   up       --
net1                phys      1500   unknown  --
aggr0               aggr      1500   up       net2 net3
vnic0               vnic      1500   up       aggr0

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/zoneadm -z testzone install
The following ZFS file system(s) have been created:
Progress being logged to /var/log/zones/zoneadm.20180515T063803Z.testzone.install
       Image: Preparing at /system/zones/testzone/root.

 Install Log: /system/volatile/install.6061/install_log
 AI Manifest: /tmp/manifest.xml.EGMV7d
  SC Profile: /usr/share/auto_install/sc_profiles/enable_sci.xml
    Zonename: testzone
Installation: Starting ...

        Creating IPS image
Startup linked: 1/1 done
        Installing packages from:
                origin:  http://localhost:1008/solaris/93bd496a04d214ef6a2ea344245d827e6f3c5781/
DOWNLOAD                                PKGS         FILES    XFER (MB)   SPEED
Completed                            266/266   53780/53780  477.6/477.6  828k/s

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Installing new actions                   71680/71680
Updating package state database                 Done
Updating package cache                           0/0
Updating image state                            Done
Creating fast lookup database                   Done
Updating package cache                           1/1
Installation: Succeeded

        Note: Man pages can be obtained by installing pkg:/system/manual
        Done: Installation completed in 906.530 seconds.
  Next Steps: Boot the zone, then log into the zone console (zlogin -C)
              to complete the configuration process.
Log saved in non-global zone as /system/zones/testzone/root/var/log/zones/zoneadm.20180515T063803Z.testzone.install

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/zoneadm list -vc

  ID NAME     STATUS      PATH                   BRAND      IP

   0 global   running     /                      solaris    shared
   - testzone installed   /system/zones/testzone solaris    excl

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/zoneadm -z testzone boot -m verbose

Choose [F2_Continue] with press F2

Press F2 to continue or type difference zone name

Press F2 to continue

Choose your Timezone, example 
UTC->Asia->Indonesia->Java, Sumatra

Keyboard choose default language

Type root password for testzone

F2 to Apply and quit

SC profile successfully generated as:

Exiting System Configuration Tool. Log is available at:
Hostname: testzone
testzone console login: root
May 15 14:29:33 testzone login: ROOT LOGIN /dev/console
Oracle Corporation      SunOS 5.11      11.3    November 2017
May 15 14:29:42 testzone sendmail[9068]: My unqualified host name (testzone) unknown; sleeping for retry

root@testzone:~# dladm show-link
LINK                CLASS     MTU    STATE    OVER
vnic0               vnic      1500   up       ?

By default, IP configured as dhcp. We can modify in running zone or at zonecfg.

root@testzone:~# ipadm

NAME              CLASS/TYPE STATE        UNDER      ADDR

lo0               loopback   ok           --         --
   lo0/v4         static     ok           --
   lo0/v6         static     ok           --         ::1/128
vnic0             ip         ok           --         --
vnic0/v4       dhcp       ok        --
vnic0/v6       addrconf   ok           --         fe80::8:20ff:fe0a:2e31/10

Modify the vnic0 and assign static IP address

root@testzone:~# ipadm delete-addr vnic0/v6
root@testzone:~# ipadm delete-addr vnic0/v4
root@testzone:~# ipadm delete-ip vnic0

root@testzone:~# ipadm create-addr -T static -a vnic0/zone

root@testzone:~# ipadm
NAME           CLASS/TYPE STATE        UNDER      ADDR
lo0            loopback   ok           --         --
   lo0/v4      static     ok           --
   lo0/v6      static     ok           --         ::1/128
vnic0          ip         ok           --         --
vnic0/zone     static     ok           --

Test ping to global zone :

root@testzone:~# ping is alive

Go out to global zone with type ~.

Test ping to testzone from global zone :

root@global:~# ping is alive

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-link
LINK                CLASS     MTU    STATE    OVER
net0                phys      1500   up       --
net3                phys      1500   up       --
net2                phys      1500   up       --
net1                phys      1500   unknown  --
aggr0               aggr      1500   up       net2 net3
vnic0               vnic      1500   up       aggr0
testzone/vnic0      vnic      1500   up       aggr0

root@global:~# /usr/sbin/dladm show-vnic
vnic0           aggr0          1000   2:8:20:88:2c:fc   random      VID:0
testzone/vnic0  aggr0          1000   2:8:20:a:2e:31    random      VID:0

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