I've been having problems with Xen networking on OpenSUSE, specifically with getting Dom0 opening a TCP connection to the DomU. Other machines on the network can open TCP connections to all 3, so I'm hoping a manual network configuration will let me resolve the Dom0 -> DomU issue.

So I need help to manually configure my Dom0 network, bridge, and 2 VIF interfaces in OpenSUSE. Ideally I'll have 3 mac addresses, two randomly generated for each VIF and one for the Dom0. This way my internal DHCP/DNS server can assign each a IP and all machines on the lan can connect to all 3 servers. All 3 machines should be on the same internal network with everything else (no VLAN or NAT). NOTE: You can assume this is a static network setup, I'm just using DHCP with static MACs for convenience, but I expect the IPs of Dom0, and DomUs to be fixed.

1) How do I configure this network start to finish in YaST?


2) Please provide sample /etc/sysconfig/network scripts, and any other config file scripts to set this up.



I create the bridges manually using the ifcfg- files in /etc/sysconfig/network. I have a bridge attached to eth0 that gets passed to domUs. Below are my ifcfg-eth0 and ifcfg-br5000 files. It's slightly different if you need to bridge a VLAN, but since you don't indicate as much, I assume that's not needed.


NAME='Ethernet Network Card'


  • That's half of it. How would I manually create the two VIF interfaces so they can use the bridge, giving them 2 different MAC and IP addresses. – RLZaleski Dec 22 '11 at 19:48
  • You don't create the vifs, Xen does when it creates the VM. In your domU config file, you would set a line like: vif = [ 'mac=00:16:3e:42:49:01, bridge=br5000'] Then, in the domU, you can get an IP via DHCP or set it statically. Or set it in the domU configuration file. – Kendall Dec 22 '11 at 19:54
  • Yeah, that much works right... And I can RDesktop from a laptop to the DomU. But RDesktop form Dom0 to DomU doesn't work. So I was thinking if I could set up the VIF in SuSE, then I can just tell XEN use this VIF – RLZaleski Dec 22 '11 at 20:01
  • What versions of: OpenSuSE dom0, Xen, domU ? – Kendall Dec 22 '11 at 20:16
  • OpenSUSE 11.4 , kernel is, xen is /boot/xen-4.0.2_52. I tried your scripts, commented out the vif-script and network-script. My VM vif line is. vif=[ 'mac=08:00:27:11:D9:B1,ip=,type=ioemu,bridge=br0' ]. Still, it's the same error where dom0 can ping, but not open a TCP connection to DomU. I asked this on Xen-Users too. – RLZaleski Dec 22 '11 at 22:53

I am more familiar with XEN under SLES, but I think OpenSuSE will be similar.

If bridging is available via yast network try that one (works on SLES11, not on SLES10).

If bridging is not available via yast look into /etc/xen/scripts. There you should find a script called network-bridge. Use that wrapper-script to move your Dom0-Interface onto the bridge (look into the head of the script for parameters).

I found it to be necessary to put a configuration /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-$BRIDGE with startmode manual so that the bridge will be up after the network-bridge-script runs.

The basic trick of the wrapper-script is to move the MAC (and IP) from the physical interface to the bridge-device. The original interface will be added to the bridge and renamed to PETH - serving as "uplink" to the network.

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