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From Geoff Higginbottom <>
Subject Re: Advanced - Direct Tagged Mode in Cloudstack 3?
Date Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:06:24 GMT

If you want to use VLANs and be able specify an UP Address for a Guest Instance, you need
to create an advanced Zone.

I wrote a blog article which covers creating custom Network Offerings which you may find helpful,
you can find it here

Kind Regards

Geoff Higginbottom
CTO / Cloud Architect |

ShapeBlue Ltd, 53 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS

On 8 Jun 2012, at 04:05, "Eric Reeves" <> wrote:

So the Cloudstack 2.2 documentation refers to an "Advanced - Direct Tagged" mode, in which
the VR doesn't perform any routing or NAT functions, but you can land your VMs on any VLAN
(relying on pre-configured external routers).

The Cloudstack 3 documentation doesn't seem to mention this, and when we tried to create an
Advanced Zone tonight on a trunked vSphere 5 host, it required a Public IP range, which I
don't even want to bother with.  I want a Basic Zone with the ability to land VMs on various
VLANs and specify the IP in my deploy API call.

Am I doing something horribly wrong or missing the documentation somewhere?


Eric Reeves
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