Manual Chapter : Internal Chassis Networking

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  • 1.6.0
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Internal chassis networking overview

system uses an internal chassis network for control plane and management plane communication between firmware and software on the blades and system controllers. Traffic on this internal network is firewall-protected and is not exposed to a customer’s management network.
chassis networking can use one of two IP address ranges known as RFC6598 and RFC1918. The RFC6598 address range maps the predefined
internal network range to 100.64/12 IP addresses (the default). The RFC1918 range enables you choose one of 16 possible address ranges in the address range.
IP addresses in the predefined range are reserved for the internal network and cannot be used for any of these addresses:
    management IP addresses for the system controllers, chassis partitions, and tenants
  • Any external service configured on the
    system, such as a DNS server and NTP server
  • Source IP addresses of any device used to communicate with the
    system (such as a laptop, workstation, or other device that connects)
If your network uses addresses in the default predefined range for any of the above, you will not be able to access the
system using the
management interfaces (including the CLI, webUI, or REST APIs). This is only an issue if you use addresses for VELOS management IP addresses, external servers, or source IP addresses described here. To prevent this issue, F5 provides a procedure that enables you to select a different internal IP address range during initial provisioning of a system, as an alternative to using the default range.

Change the internal network IP range

internal chassis network uses addresses. If your network needs to use this range, you can change the range of IP addresses that the internal chassis network implements. Instead, you can choose one of 16 possible address ranges in the address range.
It is recommended that you make this change before initial configuration or immediately after.
  1. If you have not performed initial setup of the system and configured management IP addresses, connect using the management console. If setup is already complete, log in using the floating IP address.
  2. Log in to the command line interface (CLI) of the system controller using an account with admin access.
    When you log in to the system, you are in user (operational) mode.
  3. Change to config mode.
    The CLI prompt changes to include
  4. Show the network prefix ranges for network range RFC1918.
    system network config network-range-type RFC1918 prefix ?
  5. Show the network prefix index ranges.
    syscon-1-active(config)# system network config network-range-type RFC1918 prefix ? Description: The network prefix index is used to select the range of IP addresses used internally within the chassis. The network prefix should be selected such that internal chassis addresses do not overlap with site-local addresses that are accessible to the chassis. Network Prefix Index Chassis Network Range 0 10.[0-15].0.0/12 1 10.[16-31].0.0/12 2 10.[32-47].0.0/12 3 10.[48-63].0.0/12 4 10.[64-79].0.0/12 5 10.[80-95].0.0/12 6 10.[96-111].0.0/12 7 10.[112-127].0.0/12 8 10.[128-143].0.0/12 9 10.[144-159].0.0/12 10 10.[160-175].0.0/12 11 10.[176-191].0.0/12 12 10.[192-207].0.0/12 13 10.[208-223].0.0/12 14 10.[224-239].0.0/12 15 10.[240-255].0.0/12 Possible completions: <unsignedByte, 0 .. 15>[0]
  6. Select the network range to use for internal networking (0-15).
    system network config network-range-type RFC1918 prefix <
    This example sets the range to 10.[0-15].0.0/12:
    syscon-1-active(config)# system network config network-range-type RFC1918 prefix 0
  7. Commit the configuration changes.
  8. Power cycle the chassis.
    Changing the internal chassis network causes an automatic cluster reinstall process that takes approximately an hour to complete.
  9. Check the status of the cluster installation.
    show cluster install-progress
    A summary similar to this example displays:
    syscon-1-active# show cluster install-progress STAGE NAME STATUS --------------------------------- AddingBlade Done HealthCheck Done HostedInstall Done MasterAdditionalInstall Done MasterInstall Done NodeBootstrap Done NodeJoin Done Prerequisites Done ServiceCatalogInstall Done etcdInstall Done
When the install status is
for all stages, you can resume configuring the system.