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How To Use Link Aggregation (LAG) For Ethernet Over IB (EoIB) VNICs In Exalogic Physical Environment (Doc ID 1487342.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 19, 2022

Applies to:

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software - Version and later
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Linux x86-64


This document provides information and detailed steps on how to create and use Link Aggregation (LAG) over multiple 10Gbps uplinks from InfiniBand Gateway Switch and enable Ethernet over InfiniBand (EoIB) Virtual NICs in Exalogic Physical environment. This facilitates high availability as well as higher bandwidth for EoIB network path from Exalogic and other Oracle's Engineered Systems to external Ethernet LAN.


This document is applicable only to the Exalogic Physical Enviroments and it is not supported to use this procedure in Exalogic Virtual Enviroments.



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In this Document
 Glossary of terms
 Downtime and Outage Planning
 Benefits of using LAG based EoIB
 Steps to enable and use LAG functionality
 Step 1: Backup current VNIC configuration 
 Step 2: 10GbE connectivity between NM2GW and its peer ethernet switch
 Step 3: Enable LAG mode on external switch
 Step 4: Stop Ethernet over IB service
 Step 5: Enable LAG mode on NM2GW
 Step 6: Verify LAG mode on NM2GW
 Step 7: Migrate existing VNICs over LAG based configuration
 Step 8: Create new VNICs over LAG 
 Step 9: Enable Ethernet over IB service
 Step 10: Verify status of EoIB VNICs
 Steps to remove LAG configuration
 Step 1: Backup existing EoIB VNIC configuration
 Step 2: Stop EoIB service
 Step 3: Disable LAG mode
 Step 4: Update VNIC configuration
 Step 5: Disable LACP mode on external ethernet switch
 Step 6: Start EoIB service

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