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From Geoff Higginbottom <>
Subject Storage Networks XenServer
Date Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:00:19 GMT

I have been trying to get a system up and running using XenServer 6.0.2 with multiple physical
networks, with one nic dedicated to Storage.

There seems to be a lot of contradictory info regarding the use of the storage network, and
whether it is for Primary or Secondary storage.

The latest admin guide for 3.0.3 states the following

Storage Network Topology Requirements
The secondary storage NFS export is mounted by the secondary storage VM. Secondary storage
traffic goes over the management traffic network, even if there is a separate storage network.
Primary storage traffic goes over the storage network, if available. If you choose to place
secondary storage NFS servers on the storage network, you must make sure there is a route
from the management traffic network to the storage network.


Separate Storage Network for XenServer (Optional)

You can optionally set up a separate storage network. This should be done first on the host,
before implementing the bonding steps below. This can be done using one or two available NICs.
With two NICs bonding may be done as above. It is the administrator's responsibility to set
up a separate storage network.

Give the storage network a different name-label than what will be given for other networks.

For the separate storage network to work correctly, it must be the only interface that can
ping the primary storage device's IP address. For example, if eth0 is the management network
NIC, ping -I eth0 <primary storage device IP> must fail. In all deployments, secondary
storage devices must be pingable from the management network NIC or bond. If a secondary storage
device has been placed on the storage network, it must also be pingable via the storage network
NIC or bond on the hosts as well.

I think it is pretty clear that a "Storage Network" in CloudStack is for Primary Storage,
but can optionally be used for Secondary Storage.

So I have a test system with single XenServer 6.0.2 Host, with 4 physical NICs, and each NIC
is assigned a role with the appropriate traffic label  eg
NIC 0: Management
NIC 1: Guest
NIC 2: Public
NIC 3: Storage

The CS Management Server, Host and Secondary Storage are all on the address
range with no VLAN tagging
The Primary Storage is on the address range with no VLAN tagging

Deploying a new Zone works OK, and the System VMs (SSVM and CP) come on line, however uploading
templates or ISOs fails.

When I log onto the SSVM and try and ping the Secondary Storage IP ( it fails
as there is a ROUTE forcing the traffic over the Storage Network NIC which is a completely
different physical network rung on IP Range   If I manually delete the ROUTE then
the SSVM can ping the Secondary Storage and the Templates and ISOs upload correctly.

Can someone clarify how we should be using the Storage Network ideally with some detailed
examples including IPs



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