9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 15, 2014 9:41 AM by byrona

    Can Virtualization Manager be multi-homed?

    byrona

      Do I have the ability to add interfaces to Virtualizaton Manager with static routes so that it can exist on multiple networks, manage devices on multiple networks and provide the WebUI on multiple networks?

        • Re: Can Virtualization Manager be multi-homed?
          level0

          Virtualization Manager is just another virtual machine, so I don't see any reason why you couldn't add more interfaces. Basically, if you can do this with any other VM, you should be able to do this with Virtualization Manager. Although, if you want to monitor networks that are geographically distant, it is better to deploy a collector appliance at each location.

          • Re: Can Virtualization Manager be multi-homed?
            jhg03a

            We did it a few releases ago for a while, however the admin page didn't recognize the second adapter.  I would also use caution when doing full release upgrades.  For us it didn't stay that way long because our VM infrastructure moved onto our routed network so there wasn't a reason to keep it multihomed.

              • Re: Can Virtualization Manager be multi-homed?
                byrona

                I was afraid that this would be the case and it wouldn't work well, if at all.  Normally Virtual Appliances are very WYSIWYG for better or worse.

                  • Re: Can Virtualization Manager be multi-homed?
                    jhg03a

                    True.  All that being said though, you can make it work.  Just understand the risk and keep a good snapshot before you try doing any upgrades.  As with any linux system, multi-home and DNS don't mix because the linux resolver isn't per interface.  So be sure to use static IP.  In our case, we had a private, unrouted network for some of our infrastructure as well as a public routed network.  Our goal was to have the solarwinds appliance sit on both sides of the fence so you could look at the infrastructure without having to be physically connected to that unrouted network.  In the end, we just moved our VM hosts out of the private network and put better host based firewall rules in place.