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How to configure bonding/teaming on Redhat Linux 6 ?

All the system admin would like to avoid server outage by having redundancy for root filesystem using mirroring,  Multiple FC links to SAN with help of multi-pathing and many more.So here the question is how do you provide redundancy in network level ? Having a multiple network card will not give any redundancy.In redhat Linux you need to configure bonding to accomplish the network level redundancy.Once you have configured the bonding/teaming by using two NIC cards,kernel will automatically detect the failure of any NIC and work smartly according to that without any riot.Bonding can be used for load sharing as well between two physical links.

The below diagram will explain how the bonding is happening .

Operating system used: Redhat Linux 6.3
NIC Details:

[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]# ifconfig -a |grep eth
eth2      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
eth4      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:04  
eth3      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:F0 
[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]#


Goal:
Configure bonding between eth2 and eth4 with name of bond0.

Step 1:

Add the below line in /etc/modprobe.conf to load the bonding module in to kernel.

alias bond0 bonding

In redhat 6.3 , you need to create new file called “bonding.conf” under /etc/modprobe.d/ with below mentioned line.

# cat /etc/modprobe.d/bonding.conf
alias bond0 bonding

 

Step 2:

Now time to create a bonding interface configuration file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory like the below one.

[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]# pwd
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts
[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-bond0 
#This is congiguration file for bond0.Used NIC's eth2 & eth4
DEVICE=bond0
IPADDR=192.168.10.25
NETMASK=255.255.255.0
USRCTL=no
ONBOOT=yes
BOOTPRO=none
BONDING_OPTS="mode=0 miimon=100"
[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]#

 

Step:3
Create a configuration files under “/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/” for network interfaces if not exists.If exists,have a contents like the below one.
[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-eth2
DEVICE=eth2
HWADDR=00:0C:29:79:17:FA
BOOTPRO=none
ONBOOT=yes
MASTER=bond0
SLAVE=yes
USERCTL=no
[root@mylinz2 network-scripts]# cat ifcfg-eth4
DEVICE=eth4
HWADDR=00:0C:29:79:17:04
BOOTPRO=none
ONBOOT=yes
MASTER=bond0
SLAVE=yes
USERCTL=no
Note:Do not copy paste the content from above output.MAC and DEVICE name will differ for each system.

Step:4
Now restart the network service to load the configuration.
Note:Do not restart the network service without server maintenance window.
[root@mylinz2 ~]# service network restart
Shutting down interface eth2:  Device state: 3 (disconnected) [  OK  ]
Shutting down interface eth4:  Device state: 3 (disconnected) [  OK  ]
Shutting down loopback interface:                             [  OK  ]
Bringing up loopback interface:                               [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface bond0:  Active connection state: activated
Active connection path: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/15
                                                              [  OK  ]
Bringing up interface eth3:  Active connection state: activated
Active connection path: /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/ActiveConnection/16
                                                              [  OK  ]
[root@mylinz2 ~]#

Step:5
Verify whether “bond0” has come up with IP or not .
[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# ifconfig -a
bond0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          inet addr:192.168.10.25  Bcast:192.168.10.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fe79:17fa/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MASTER MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:22 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:27 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:3843 (3.7 KiB)  TX bytes:4169 (4.0 KiB)

eth2      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:15 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:2031 (1.9 KiB)  TX bytes:2064 (2.0 KiB)

eth4      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:1812 (1.7 KiB)  TX bytes:2105 (2.0 KiB)

In the above output,you can see NIC eth2 and eth4 have flag “SLAVE” and interface “bond0” has flag MASTER.Another thing you note both, the NIC interface will show same MAC address.

Step:6
Performing the live test to ensure bonding is providing the fault tolerance.
First i am removing the LAN cable from eth4 and let see what happens.
[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# ifconfig -a
bond0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          inet addr:192.168.10.25  Bcast:192.168.10.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fe79:17fa/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MASTER MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:22 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:27 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:3843 (3.7 KiB)  TX bytes:4169 (4.0 KiB)

eth2      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:15 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:2031 (1.9 KiB)  TX bytes:2064 (2.0 KiB)

eth4      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:1812 (1.7 KiB)  TX bytes:2105 (2.0 KiB)
Still the bond0 interface is UP and RUNNING fine.At the same time,”RUNNING” flag has disappear from eth4.

Now i have connected LAN cable back to eth4 and pulling out from eth2.

[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# ifconfig -a
bond0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          inet addr:192.168.10.25  Bcast:192.168.10.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fe79:17fa/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MASTER MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:22 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:27 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:3843 (3.7 KiB)  TX bytes:4169 (4.0 KiB)

eth2      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:15 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:2031 (1.9 KiB)  TX bytes:2064 (2.0 KiB)

eth4      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0C:29:79:17:FA  
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING SLAVE MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:11 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:1812 (1.7 KiB)  TX bytes:2105 (2.0 KiB)

Still “bond0” interface running with UP & RUNNING flag.So you have successfully configured bonding on Redhat Linux 6.


To see complete bonding info,use below command.

[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# cat /proc/net/bonding/bond0 
Ethernet Channel Bonding Driver: v3.6.0 (September 26, 2009)

Bonding Mode: load balancing (round-robin)
MII Status: up
MII Polling Interval (ms): 0
Up Delay (ms): 0
Down Delay (ms): 0

Slave Interface: eth2
MII Status: up
Speed: 1000 Mbps
Duplex: full
Link Failure Count: 0
Permanent HW addr: 00:0c:29:79:17:fa
Slave queue ID: 0

Slave Interface: eth4
MII Status: up
Speed: 1000 Mbps
Duplex: full
Link Failure Count: 0
Permanent HW addr: 00:0c:29:79:17:04
Slave queue ID: 0
[root@mylinz2 Desktop]#


To verify the current bonding mode,use below command. 

[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# cat /sys/class/net/bond0/bonding/mode
balance-rr 0

You can modify the bonding mode by editing “mode” in the ifcfg-bond0  configuration file.

[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-bond0 |grep -i mode
BONDING_OPTS="mode=0 miimon=100"

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Policy Details
Ploicy Name Code Description
balance-rr 0 Round-Robin policy for fault tolerance
active-backup 1 Active-Backup policy for fault tolerance
balance-xor 2 Exclusive-OR policy for fault tolerance
broadcast 3 All transmissions are sent on all slave interfaces.
802.3ad 4 Dynamic link aggregation policy
balance-tlb 5 Transmit Load Balancing policy for fault tolerance
balance-alb 6 Active Load Balancing policy for fault tolerance

To list the currently configured bonds,

[root@mylinz2 Desktop]# cat /sys/class/net/bonding_masters 
bond0

Check out ,

Redhat Enterprise Linux 7 Tutorials 

Redhat Linux – LVM tutorials 

Redhat Cluster 

Thank you for reading this article.Please leave a comment if you have any doubt. I will get back you to you.

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7 comments

  1. good understanding, But what about multiple bonding example.

  2. Hi
    Need help, i am using rhel 6.5 and manage do all figure given and all works fine but my network connection icon come with red “x”. Its normal after do this setting? Please advise
    Thank you

  3. Why all NIC MAC addresses are showing same after bonding?

  4. How to remove the bonding Interface after add?

  5. Very easy and simple doc to understand concept of bonding in redhat. Thanks a Ton.

  6. Hi ,

    Can you please post how to do bonding with 4 interfaces?

    Thanks

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