Help on CentOS 7.6 MAC & interface swap

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Help on CentOS 7.6 MAC & interface swap

Post by tsrini » 2019/05/27 16:41:41

Hi Team,

We are using ESXi 6.5 host machine with 4 physical NICs (4 VMNetworks with 4 vSwitch). On this host, we are launching a CentOS 7.6 VM with 4 NICs with 1 - 1 mapping.

Say as below,

During VM creation (created with manual MACs)
Network Adapter vNIC1 (MAC M1) -> Physical NIC1
Network Adapter vNIC2 (MAC M2) -> Physical NIC2
Network Adapter vNIC3 (MAC M3) -> Physical NIC3
Network Adapter vNIC4 (MAC M4) -> Physical NIC4

We would need to use ethX naming and hence we will convert the ensX/enpX interface naming to tradition ethX.

To do this, inside VM, we will ask (from a script) user to configure the MAC address for eth0, eth1, eth2 and eth3 (say M1, M2, M3 & M4 is configured respectively by the user). We need to persist the MAC & interface mapping consistent across reboots. The /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-* files are updated appropriately with the name & MAC address.

To do this, we tried the below options,

Using udev rules

1. Configured udev rules (/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-ipoib.rules) based on the user input,

SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="remove", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<M1>", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<M2>", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth1"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<M3>", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth2"
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="<M4>", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth3"

2. Reboot the VM

3. Interfaces failed to rename with the error,
...error changing net interface name eth0 to eth1: File exists...

Even tried with ln -s /dev/null /etc/udev/rules.d/80-net-setup-link.rules

Tried even renaming the interfaces to a temporary names using udev rules, say like, ens01 -> net0 and then from net0 -> eth0. In this, ens01 -> net0 worked but net0 -> eth0 didn't work and end up with the same error (error changing net interface.. file exists).

Using systemd.links

1. Removed the above udev rules
2. Configured [1-4].link files in /etc/systemd/network with below mapping,



3. Rebooted the VM.
4. Interfaces failed to rename.

We tried all above options with & without kernel parameters net.ifnames=0 biosdevname=0. Nothing worked out.

Can someone help us on this to persistent the MAC -> interface name mapping and consistent across all reboots.


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