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Bug 1044060

Summary: [RFE] Prevent RHEV from requiring hwaddr lines within ifcfg files
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager Reporter: Dave Sullivan <dsulliva>
Component: vdsmAssignee: nobody nobody <nobody>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact: Meni Yakove <myakove>
Severity: high Docs Contact:
Priority: high    
Version: 3.2.0CC: acathrow, bazulay, danken, dsulliva, gklein, iheim, lbopf, lpeer, myakove, nyechiel, yeylon
Target Milestone: ---Keywords: FutureFeature, ZStream
Target Release: 3.4.0Flags: nyechiel: Triaged+
Hardware: Unspecified   
OS: Unspecified   
Whiteboard: network
Fixed In Version: av1 Doc Type: Enhancement
Doc Text:
ifcfg files for physical interfaces no longer include HWADDR lines that specify MAC addresses.
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Clone Of:
: 1058381 1058705 (view as bug list) Environment:
Last Closed: 2014-06-09 13:26:56 UTC Type: Bug
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oVirt Team: Network RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:
Cloudforms Team: --- Target Upstream Version:
Bug Depends On:    
Bug Blocks: 1058381, 1058705, 1078909, 1142926    

Description Dave Sullivan 2013-12-17 17:37:16 UTC
Description of problem:

The ifcfg files on the hypervisor for physical interfaces generated by RHEV have the 'HWADDR' mac address field in them. We need that to not happen. Through biosdevnames and previous techniques we already guarantee that NIC names will remain consistent across boot and this breaks our operational practices.

This is focused on RHEV deployment on RHEL6 where NetworkManager does not run.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


Actual results:

Expected results:

Additional info: (on_qa)

It seems that within RHEL7 NetworkManager doesn't require hwaddr to control a device.  Nor does NM_CONTROLLED=no necessarily mean a device is not controlled by NetworkManager.

Comment 1 Dan Kenigsberg 2013-12-28 23:09:34 UTC
As of , NM_CONTROLLED=no may be effective even without a HWADDR line. However, to the best of my knowledge, that code is not in NetworkManager- and hence not in oVirt's supported platforms.

Therefor, users who would like to run NetworkManager and Vdsm on the same host, still require the HWADDR line.

Until this changes, would it be reasonable to ask users who find HWADDR lines disturbing to explicitly disable them in /etc/vdsm/vdsm.conf by setting



Comment 5 Dan Kenigsberg 2014-01-27 22:53:24 UTC has been merged into upstream stable branch. This means that pending qa_ack+, the bug would be delivered in rhev-3.3.1.

Comment 7 Meni Yakove 2014-02-17 14:24:57 UTC

Comment 10 errata-xmlrpc 2014-06-09 13:26:56 UTC
Since the problem described in this bug report should be
resolved in a recent advisory, it has been closed with a
resolution of ERRATA.

For information on the advisory, and where to find the updated
files, follow the link below.

If the solution does not work for you, open a new bug report.