In case, two physical hosts have one of OpenvSwitch bridge each other.

  • remote server ip:
  • local server ip:

How to connect two OpenvSwitch bridge by geneve? and how to validate packet?

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    Aug 7 '17 at 18:53

This is possible using the top-of-tree Open vSwitch code (I tried with OVS 2.4, but couldn't get the vport_geneve kernel module to load—I admit I may have done something wrong). This procedure should get you there:

  1. Start by cloning the OVS repository (git clone https://github.com/openvswitch/ovs.git), then follow the instructions from the repository to compile, install, and run OVS. You'll need to do this on both servers, obviously. The servers need to be running Linux >= 3.18 (I used kernel 3.19.0-49 on Ubuntu 14.04.2).

  2. Make sure the Open vSwitch and Geneve kernel modules are loading correctly (sudo lsmod | grep openvswitch), and that commands like ovs-vsctl show are working correctly before proceeding. If you are seeing errors, stop and go back over the instructions for compiling and installing OVS.

  3. Add a bridge and Geneve port to each server:

    ovs-vsctl add-br br-int
    ovs-vsctl add-port br-int geneve0 -- set interface geneve0 type=geneve options:remote_ip=<remote server address>

  4. Now attach VMs (or network namespaces using veth pairs) to the OVS bridge you created on each server. These VMs/namespaces should be able to communicate with each other over the Geneve tunnel between the OVS instances. (Note that you'll have to perform manual IP configuration for these VMs/namespaces, as there is no DHCP running there.)

Although I haven't written specifically about Geneve tunneling, examples of similar configurations can be found on my website. You can see a list of all OVS-related articles at http://blog.scottlowe.org/tags/#OVS.

Good luck!

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