Monday, January 13, 2014

[Thoughts] RESTful control of switches

OpenFlow is already the standard Southbound API in SDN field, but OpenFlow is the one of the many SouthBound approaches. In SDN solution, we don't necessarily need to use OpenFlow protocol to control data plane. RESTful API is another way to control or configure switches ( data plane ) if they supports. Arista Networks has provides Arista eAPI as RESTful control of switches. For more information in details, please refer to this article:

[LXC] How to use LXC?

At the first glimpse, I was amazed by its way to provide a lightweight container in virtual environment. With shell scripts combining, we can use these to build a convenient and powerful automation solution to test all kind of programs that need multiple virtual machines within a server host ( at least my focus is on the automation test...XD ). There are already a bunch of articles to introduce LXC. Here I only list some common use commands for reference quickly:

# Install LXC
sudo apt-get install lxc

# Create a Linux Container named base ( -t: template, -n: namespace )
sudo lxc-create -t ubuntu -n base

# Start the Linux Container ( -d: daemon )
sudo lxc-start -n base -d

# Stop the Linux Container
sudo lxc-stop -n base

# List Linux Containers
lxc-ls --fancy

# Clone the Linux Container
lxc-clone -o base -n newvm1

# Access the container
lxc-console -n newvm1

# Shudown
lxc-shutdown -n test-container

# Destroy
lxc-destroy -n test-container

LXC can be controlled via Libvirt:

Exploring LXC Networking:

By default, containers will not be started after a reboot, even if they were running prior to the shutdown.
To make a container autostart, you simply need to symlink its config file into the /etc/lxc/auto directory:
ln -s /var/lib/lxc/test-container/config /etc/lxc/auto/test-container.conf


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

[Open vSwitch] The basic introduction of Open vSwitch

I post a slide to give a basic introduction of Open vSwitch. For the more in details, please check out the slideshare URL as follows:

Some Useful example of the OVS commands:
sudo ovs-vsctl show
sudo ovs-vsctl add-br mybridge
sudo ovs-vsctl del-br mybridge
sudo ovs-vsctl add-port mybridge port-name
sudo ovs-vsctl del-port mybridge port-name
sudo ovs-vsctl list Bridge/Port/Interface/...
sudo ovs-appctl fdb/show mybridge
sudo ovs-ofctl show mybridge
sudo ovs-ofctl dump-flows mybridge
sudo ovs-ofctl add-flow mybridge dl_src=02:a2:a2:a2:a2:a2,dl_dst=02:b2:b2:b2:b2:b2,in_port=2,dl_type=0x0800,nw_src=,nw_dst=,actions=output:6
sudo ovs-ofctl del-flows mybridge dl_src=02:a2:a2:a2:a2:a2,dl_dst=02:b2:b2:b2:b2:b2,in_port=2,dl_type=0x0800,nw_src=,nw_dst=
sudo ovs-ofctl add-flow dp0 in_port=2,actions=output:6
# This will delete all the flow entries in the flow table
sudo ovs-ofctl del-flows mybridge

Thursday, January 2, 2014

[GNS3] All the related URLs with GNS3 and Open vSwitch

To play with Openvswitch in GNS3, here is Openvswitch 1.2.2 installed on Microcore 4.0 Linux as Qemu image.

Here are the installation steps.

And GNS3 labs are available here.

[KVM and OVS] Installing KVM and Open vSwitch on Ubuntu

These articles provides a very good explanation about how to install KVM and Open vSwitch on Ubuntu.

I summarize the scripts from the above URLs as follows:
  • ### Installing KVM and Open vSwitch on Ubuntu ###
sudo apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install kvm qemu-kvm libvirt-bin virtinst virt-manager
sudo virsh net-destroy default
sudo virsh net-autostart --disable default
sudo aptitude purge ebtables
  • ### Open vSwitch on Ubuntu ###
sudo apt-get install openvswitch-controller openvswitch-brcompat \
sudo openvswitch-switch openvswitch-datapath-source

# Edit this: /etc/default/openvswitch-switch and change this line:
  #BRCOMPAT=no ==> #BRCOMPAT=yes 

# to build and install the necessary module
sudo module-assistant auto-install openvswitch-datapath
  • ### Add Open vSwitch bridge ###
sudo ovs-vsctl add-br br0
sudo ovs-vsctl add-port br0 eth0
sudo ovs-vsctl list port
  • ### Change your eth0 IP to your new br0 interface ###
sudo ifconfig eth0 0
sudo ifconfig br0 192.168.1.x netmask
sudo route add default gw br0

These two scripts bring up the KVM Tap interfaces into your
bridge from the CLI.

$ cat /etc/ovs-ifup
/sbin/ifconfig $1 up
ovs-vsctl add-port ${switch} $1

$ cat /etc/ovs-ifdown
/sbin/ifconfig $1 down
ovs-vsctl del-port ${switch} $1

#Then make executable
chmod +x /etc/ovs-ifup /etc/ovs-ifdown
  • ### BOOT HD IMG ###
Here are some KVM examples. Starting with the CD is easiest. No build needed for testing.

sudo kvm -m 1024 -hda /media/Storage/imgs/centos.kvm -net nic,macaddr=00:11:22:CC:CC:C5 -net tap,script=/etc/ovs-ifup,downscript=/etc/ovs-ifdown &
OS Install

sudo kvm -m 512 -hda /media/Storage/imgs/centos.kvm -net nic,macaddr=00:11:22:CC:CC:C5 -net tap,script=/etc/ovs-ifup,downscript=/etc/ovs-ifdown -cdrom /media/Storage/vm-images/CentOS-6.2-x86_64-LiveCD.iso &
CD Boot

sudo kvm -m 512 -net nic,macaddr=00:11:22:CC:CC:10 -net tap,script=/etc/ovs-ifup,downscript=/etc/ovs-ifdown -cdrom /HD/Storage/vm-images/ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso &
Make an Image from CD

sudo qemu-img create -f qcow2 /media/Storage/imgs/uCentOS-6.2.img 6G