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But that gives me Invalid vif upon "xm create" command.
1. Can I assign the IP address through Xen config file? If so, what's the correct format? (the Xensource wiki and CentOS/RHEL docs and the xmexamples don't give clear info on this).
2. If I can't, how do I get the IP address configured in the domU to persist across reboots, and NOT be reset to DHCP?
The Googling I've done so far all point to modifying the xen network-bridge script, but they're all mailing list posts from 2005. I suspect I'm missing something quite simple and obvious.
In the future, I'll probably set up DHCP to manage IP address assignments when I have enough Xen domUs to make it worth it. But with one dom0 and two or three personal-use domUs, I don't exactly need that just yet.
I use Xen on Ubuntu but I believe the answer is Yes you can and should use the domU's own configuration.(the config it uses AFTER booting) lol it gets confusing.
In Ubuntu the file to edit is /etc/network/interfaces (once you boot the xen domU /guest machine)
and the lines in there goes something like this:
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback
# The primary network interface
iface eth0 inet static
iface eth1 inet static
as you can see the # is the remarks and the IP addresses are set manually for eth0 and eth1 (in your case only eth0).
I have only seen DHCP used in the domU config file (The config file you use FOR Booting the xen guest/domU machine and in Ubuntu the xen directory is under /etc/)but I have not seen that for static IP. I guess the static IP should be configured within the xen guest machines.(the configuration it uses After it boots)
You can assign static IP with xen. Try using ip instead of ipaddr. Also, you want to quote the entire string in brackets, not each parameter string. For example try:
vif= ["bridge=xenbr0,ip=126.96.36.199,netmask=255.255.255.0" ] <-- (you should probably add a "gateway=" to this and maybe a "mac=" just to keep everything sorted out)
Thanks kbgreen72. Using "ip=" instead of "ipaddr" got rid of that error. Though it didn't like the netmask argument (which I found out below needs to be set elsewhere). I removed the netmask and started the domU (gateway is already set in /etc/sysconfig/network in the domU itself...that at least is not being overwritten).
but again, upon boot, the ifcfg-eth0 file is reverted:
So, something in Xen is setting this "default" DHCP configuration.
In the xmexample1 file, there is this:
# Set the kernel command line for the new domain.
# You only need to define the IP parameters and hostname if the domain's
# IP config doesn't, e.g. in ifcfg-eth0 or via DHCP.
# You can use 'extra' to set the runlevel and custom environment
# variables used by custom rc scripts (e.g. VMID=, usr= ).
# Set if you want dhcp to allocate the IP address.
# Set netmask.
# Set default gateway.
# Set the hostname.
#hostname= "vm%d" % vmid
Since dhcp="dhcp" is NOT set in my domU config, and since the domU's IP address info *is* configured in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0, it should work as currently configured. But something in Xen (as best I can tell) is still overwriting that file with a default DHCP configuration from somewhere.
I exactly have the same problem, and same conf as you...
As far as I went on googling this problem I only could guess it comes from CentOS as domU which can't get static ip when rebooting.
I know my answer sounds like a joke but I really can't find anything else,
Did you find any clue or answer to that problem ?
Thanks Matey. It sounds like your Ubuntu config is similar to my CentOS config (that is, the IP is configured *inside* domU and not in the domU config file residing on dom0).
So my question now is, "why is dom0 overriding domU's statically configured info for network addressing"?
That's the $64,000 question, which I hope will be answered by someone's $0.02 .
That is a good question, I think the one (configuration) that gets executed Last is the one that sticks!
I think the configurations in the Xen script is necessary for the guest machine to boot (not 100% sure but taking a guess) but once it boots the kernel file takes over and tells it to look under /etc for configurations just like any other machine.
I usually mount the xen guest machine at /mnt/xen/ directory then do a chroot to it then I make changes to configurations (set root password and hostname too) and then exit, umount it then xm create -c it.
Well, I found a partial solution since then, but never found the exact cause yet.
This install was largely to learn Xen and test for use with certain clients (the people kind, not the network kind). I used a couple of HOWTOforge/Linuxtopia guides for the set up, ,which were based on xm commands to load an installer image rather than using RHEL/CentOS libvirt tools . Since then, I've installed a newer machine that will go into production and used the Red Hat documentation to set up the Xen guests using virt-install/virt-manager.
The guests I configured with virt-install do not suffer from this problem, so it's probably something with the way the network is set up from the various guides I originally followed.
The problem is most likely that you are not specifying a mac address for the vif in you domU configuration.
vif= ["bridge=xenbr0,mac=00:16:3e:xx:xx:xx" ]
Where x can be any hexadecimal digit (0-F).
If you don't specify a mac address explicitly, xen will generate another one each time the domU is created. Since the mac address has changed, CentOS detects the nic as a new nic (and the old one is considered removed from the machine). CentOS will try to autoconfigure this new nic, and for that it chooses dhcp.
This is much the same as would happen with real physical hardware actually. If you swap a network card in an ordinary server, CentOS will remove the configuration for the old nic and create a new configuration for the new one.
So see if setting a fixed mac address for your domU solves the issue. This is what virt-install does as well, by the way.