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Mastering Citrix® XenServer® by Martez Reed

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Bonding

The following sections examine the bonding algorithms that are available in Citrix XenServer 6.2.

Active-active bonding

The active-active bonding is the default bond mode of XenServer for both the Linux bridge and vSwitch network backends. The full functionality of the active-active bond mode is only utilized by the virtual machine traffic, which can be load balanced across as many as four physical interfaces. The following are the restrictions for utilizing active-active bonding:

  • Management traffic can only use one NIC at a time to pass the traffic
  • Storage traffic can only use one NIC at a time to pass the traffic

Active-active bonding utilizes the source MAC address as the basis for load balancing packets. This is why management and storage ...

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