Management VRF (multiple routing tables and forwarding) provides routing separation between the out-of-band management network and the in-band data plane network. When management VRF is enabled, applications running on control plane processor communicate out from the management network unless configured otherwise.
Management VRF creates two routing tables within the Linux kernel:
- main: This is the routing table for all the data plane switch ports.
- mgmt: This is the routing table for eth0.
Cumulus Linux only supports eth0 as the management interface. VLAN subinterfaces, bonds, bridges and the front panel switch ports are not supported as management interfaces.
Management VRF assumes all traffic generated by the switch (except via Quagga) will exit eth0 by default, so unless there is application-level intervention, any packet generated by an application on the switch will only reference the eth0 routing table (the mgmt table). Applications that need to communicate over the data plane network (the main table) must bind to the loopback IP address.
For example, if the switch is responding to an inbound SSH connection or inbound ping, management VRF does not force the traffic out through eth0. However, if you attempt to SSH from the switch outbound, then management VRF will force the traffic to exit eth0, unless you specify otherwise. For example, when initiating an SSH connection, you can use
-b <loopback IP address> to SSH to a device via the data plane network.
Enabling Management VRF
To enable management VRF, complete the following steps:
- Update the
$ sudo apt-get update
- Install the management VRF package:
sudo apt-get install cl-mgmtvrf
- Run the management VRF script:
sudo cl-mgmtvrf --enable
Management VRF has hooks in the eth0 DHCP client to force the correct mgmt table routes when the DHCP address is obtained. If you use static IP address assignment on eth0, you have to manually configure the routes before you execute this step. See the 'Using Static IP Addresses on eth0' section below for more information.
sudo service quagga restart
You can also bounce adjacency to the peer advertising the default route to get the default route from the data plane network into the main routing table.
Verifying Management VRF
To check the status of management VRF, run:
This will display
cl-mgmtvrf is NOT enabled or
cl-mgmtvrf is enabled, depending upon whether management VRF is disabled or enabled.
Disabling Management VRF
To disable managment VRF, run:
sudo cl-mgmtvrf --disable
Using ping or traceroute
By default, issuing a
traceroute assumes the packet should be sent to the dataplane network (the main routing table). If you wish to use
traceroute on the control plane network, use the
-I flag for ping and
-i for traceroute.
ping -I eth0
sudo traceroute -i eth0
pingunless you explicitly add support for the DNS server in the main routing table.
OSPF and BGP
In general, no changes are required for either BGP or OSPF. Quagga was updated in Cumulus Linux 2.5.3 to be aware of the management VRF and automatically sends packets based on the switch port routing table. This includes BGP peering via loopback interfaces. BGP does routing lookups in the default table. However, one modification you may consider has to do with how your routes get redistributed.
Redistributing Routes in Management VRF
The control that management VRF has over the local routing table does not extend to how the routes are redistributed when using routing protocols such as OSPF and BGP.
To redistribute the routes in your network, use the
redistribute connected command under BGP or OSPF. This enables the directly connected network out of eth0 to be advertised to its neighbor.
This also creates a route on the neighbor device to the management network through the data plane, which may not be desired.
Cumulus Networks recommends you always use route maps to control the advertised networks redistributed by the
redistribute connected command. For example, you can specify a route map to redistribute routes in this way (for both BGP and OSPF):
<routing protocol> redistribute connected route-map redistribute-connected route-map redistribute-connected deny 100 match interface eth0 ! route-map redistribute-connected permit 1000
SNMP Traps Use eth0 Only
SNMP cannot currently use a switch port to send data. For any SNMP traps, this traffic gets sent out to eth0. Cumulus Networks will support switch ports in the future.
This restriction only applies to traps; SNMP polling is not affected.
If you SSH to the switch through a switch port, it works as expected. If you need to SSH from the device out a switch port, use
ssh -b <ip_address_of_swp_port>. For example:
cumulus@leaf1$ ip addr show swp17 19: swp17: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP qlen 500 link/ether ec:f4:bb:fc:19:23 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff inet 10.23.23.2/24 scope global swp17 inet6 fe80::eef4:bbff:fefc:1923/64 scope link valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever cumulus@leaf1$ ssh -b 10.23.23.2 10.3.3.3
Viewing the Routing Tables
When you look at the routing table with
ip route show, you are looking at the switch port (main) table. You can also see the dataplane routing table with
ip route show table main.
To look at information about eth0 (the management routing table), use
ip route show table mgmt.
cumulus@leaf1$ ip route show table mgmt default via 192.168.0.1 dev eth0 cumulus@leaf1$ ip route show default via 10.23.23.3 dev swp17 proto zebra metric 20 10.3.3.3 via 10.23.23.3 dev swp17 10.23.23.0/24 dev swp17 proto kernel scope link src 10.23.23.2 192.168.0.0/24 dev eth0 proto kernel scope link src 192.168.0.11
Viewing a Single Route
Note that if you use
ip route get to return information about a single route, the command resolves over the mgmt table by default. To get information about the route in the switching silicon, use:
ip route get <addr> from <loopback IP>
sudo cl-rctl ip route show <addr>
Using Static IP Addresses on eth0
If you're using DHCP on your management network, the Management VRF feature has hooks in the eth0 DHCP client to automatically add the correct default and interface routes into the mgmt table when the DHCP address is obtained.
If a static IP address is used in the eth0 definition, you must manually control the connected and static routes attached to eth0 before running cl-mgmtvrf --enable
To do this change the configuration in the /etc/network/interfaces as follows:
iface eth0 inet static
post-up ip route add 220.127.116.11/24 dev eth0 table mgmt
post-up ip route add default via 18.104.22.168 dev eth0 table mgmt
post-up ip route del 22.214.171.124/24 dev eth0 table main
post-down ip route del 126.96.36.199/24 dev eth0 table mgmt
post-down ip route del default via 188.8.131.52 dev eth0 table mgmt
Then bounce eth0:
sudo ifdown eth0; sudo ifup eth0
Enabling management VRF via
cl-mgmtvrf --enable after this step should lead to the expected routing behavior.
post-down commands are there to ensure that no routing race condition can occur on an interface experiencing route flapping. As a result, the following error messages during a link flap are harmless and can be ignored:
warning: eth0: post-down cmd 'ip route del 184.108.40.206/24 dev eth0 table mgmt' failed (RTNETLINK answers: No such process) warning: eth0: post-down cmd 'ip route del default 220.127.116.11 via eth0 table mgmt' failed (Error: either "to" is duplicate, or "18.104.22.168" is a garbage.)
Incompatibility with cl-ns-mgmt
If you are using the Cumulus Linux management namespace feature (via the
cl-ns-mgmt utility), you cannot enable management VRF, as the two features are incompatible. Management VRF does not run if Cumulus Linux detects that you have management namespaces enabled, and vice versa.
Caveats and Errata
- Unlike earlier versions of Cumulus Linux, with management VRF enabled, sFlow now sends and receives packets through switch ports as well as the management port, as long as
hsflowdhas a route available out of the main table. To enable this, contact the Cumulus Networks support team.
- If you are using an MLAG configuration when the eth0 management interface is enabled, you cannot specify a backup link (via
clagd-backup-ip) over the switch ports.
- Duplicate IP addresses are not supported i.e. you cannot have the same IP address in both the management network and the data network.
- DHCP relay does not work with
cl-mgmtvrfwhen the DHCP servers are on the management network. For more information, refer to the knowledge base article.
Cumulus Linux supports both DHCP and static DNS entries over management VRF through IP FIB rules. These rules are added to direct lookups to the DNS addresses out of the management VRF. However, nameservers configured through DHCP are automatically updated, while statically configured nameservers (configured in
/etc/resolv.conf) only get updated when you run
Because DNS lookups are forced out of the management interface using FIB rules, this could affect data plane ports if there are overlapping addresses.