[CentOS] Centos and Bridging

Nico Kadel-Garcia nkadel at gmail.com
Sat Nov 27 00:23:42 EST 2010

On Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 3:00 PM, Alan Hodgson <ahodgson at simkin.ca> wrote:
> On November 26, 2010 11:25:06 am Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
>> KVM, itself, was unusable in my testing due to the "bridged network"
>> mishandling and its complete lack of a concept of failover for network
>> issues, particularly pair bonding for the server itself. PXE for the
>> clients was unusable, and it ran like a dyslexic on too many opiates,
>> slow, twitchy, and unpredicatable.
> The UI in RHEL 5/CentOS 5 is definitely very limited, but KVM does work with
> all these things under the hood. In particular KVM seems to run fine on top of
> a simple host bridge, which can in turn rely on a bonded interface. I have had
> no problems with boot support, although I confess I don't use PXE - DHCP and
> kickstart over the LAN work fine, though.

It is not merely "limited".

PXE is very common for server installations of brand new hardware, or
for remote KVM managed hardware, to avoid having to pop a CD in it.
It's well undertood, and I got nowhere, even with it for KVM. (VMWare
and Xen worked fine.)

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