Following with my re-learning HPVM process today I’ve been playing around with my virtual switches and a question had arise.
How can I move a virtual Nic from one vSwitch to another?
I discovered is not a difficult task, just one important question to take into account, the virtual machine must be powered off. This kind of changes can’t be done if the IVM is online, at least with HPVM 3.5. I never used 4.0 or 4.1 releases of HPVM and I didn’t find anything in the documentation that suggest a different behaviour.
To perform the operation we’re going to use, as usual ;-),
hpvmmodify. It comes with the -m switch to modify the I/O resources of an already existing virtual machine, but you have to specify the hardware address of the device. To identify the address of the network card launch
hpvmstatus with -d, this options shows the output with the format used on the command line.
[root@hpvmhost] ~ # hpvmstatus -P ivm1 -d [Virtual Machine Devices] ... [Network Interface Details] network:lan:0,0,0x56E9E3096A22:vswitch:vlan02 network:lan:0,1,0xAED6F7FA4E3E:vswitch:localnet ... [root@hpvmhost] ~ #
As it can be seen in the Networking Interface Details the third field shows, separated by commas, the lan bus, the device number and the MAC address of the vNic. We only need the first two values, that is the lan bus and device number,
0,0 in our the example.
Now we can proceed.
[root@hpvmhost] ~ # hpvmmodify -P ivm2 -m network:lan:0,0:vswitch:vlan03 [root@hpvmhost] ~ # [root@hpvmhost] ~ # hpvmstatus -P ivm1 [Virtual Machine Details] Virtual Machine Name VM # OS Type State ==================== ===== ======= ======== ivm1 9 HPUX On (OS) ... [Network Interface Details] Interface Adaptor Name/Num PortNum Bus Dev Ftn Mac Address ========= ========== ========== ======= === === === ================= vswitch lan vlan03 9 0 0 0 56-e9-e3-09-6a-22 vswitch lan localnet 9 0 1 0 ae-d6-f7-fa-4e-3e ... [root@hpvmhost] ~ #
And we are done.
I will write a few additional posts covering more HPVM tips, small ones and big ones, at the same time I’m practicing them on my lab server.