Configuring Network Isolation in Virtualized Environments

Configuring Network Isolation in Virtualized Environments


This document describes how to configure a virtualized development environment for use with network isolation. To make things as easy as possible we will use the single-nic-with-vlans network isolation templates to create isolated VLANs on top of the single NIC already used for the provisioning/ctlplane.

The single-nic-vlans templates work well for many virtualized environments because they do not require adding any extra NICs. Additionally, Open vSwitch automatically trunks VLANs for us, so there is no extra switch configuration required.

Create an External VLAN on Your Undercloud

By default all instack undercloud machines have a br-ctlplane which is used as the provisioning network. We want to add an interface on the network which is used as the default “external” (public) network for the overcloud. The default VLAN for the external network is vlan10 so we create an interface file to do this. Create the following file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-vlan10:


And then run ifup vlan10 on your undercloud.

Create a Custom Environment File

When using network isolation most of the network/config templates configure static IPs for the ctlplane. To ensure connectivity with Heat and Ec2 metadata, we need to specify a couple of extra Heat parameters. Create a file called /home/stack/custom.yaml with the following contents:


Note that the specified IP addresses are the same as the undercloud IP address.

Modify Your Overcloud Deploy to Enable Network Isolation

At this point we are ready to create the overcloud using the network isolation defaults. The example command below demonstrates how to enable network isolation by using Heat templates for network isolation, a custom set of network config templates (single NIC VLANs), and our custom.yaml config file from above:

openstack overcloud deploy \
--templates=$TEMPLATES \
-e $TEMPLATES/environments/network-isolation.yaml \
-e $TEMPLATES/environments/net-single-nic-with-vlans.yaml \
-e /home/stack/custom.yaml

After creating the stack you should now have a working virtualized development environment with network isolation enabled.

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