Connections

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With Connections it is possible to connect network, server and storage elements together to create a functioning virtual data center.

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Introduction

A network created in the Data Center Designer acts exactly as a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN - http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Local_Area_Network). The data traffic from this network is separated from other networks.

All Ethernet protocols can be used at ProfitBricks. ProfitBricks also supports TCP/IP and DHCP address allocation. Only MAC addresses cannot be altered.

When creating the Data Center Designer (DCD) we specifically did not build switches into our Infrastructure. Functions such as switching, routing and forwarding are integrated into the network stack. Data traffic sharing is handled by ProfitBricks.

A network segment can either be public or private, depending on how the connection between the elements is constructed. A connection between two servers automatically creates a private network, where a connection to the internet automatically creates a public network.

LAN Connections

The LAN connection (network connection) is its own element, with different properties and functions.

Splitting a LAN

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Dialog box: Split LAN

In order to split one LAN into two LANs, do the following:

  • In the workspace area of the DCD, select the LAN that you want to split.
  • Open the Split LAN dialog box by choosing one of the following options:
Context action
  • From its context menu, select the Split LAN context action.
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Inspector
  • From the Actions menu of the Inspector, select the Split LAN entry.
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The Split LAN dialog box opens.
  • Move the NICs you need to the new LAN.
  • Confirm your action by clicking the Split LAN button.
  • Provision your changes.

The selected LAN is split into two LANs. New IPs are assigned to the NICs of the new LAN.



Merging LANs

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Dialog box: Merge LANs

NOTE: A private LAN merged into a public LAN turns into a public LAN accordingly (and vice versa).

In order to merge one LAN with another LAN, do the following:

  • In the workspace of the DCD, select the LAN that you want to merge with another LAN.
  • Open the Merge LANs dialog box by choosing one of the following options:
Context action
  • From the context menu of a LAN, select the Merge LAN with another LAN context action.
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Inspector
  • From the Actions menu of the Inspector, select the Merge LAN with another LAN entry.
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Drag-and-drop
  • Grab the white marker point of the LAN that you want to merge with another LAN.
  • Drag and drop it onto the white marker point of the LAN with which you want to merge the selected LAN.
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The Merge LANs dialog box opens.
  • From the list of available LANs, select the LAN with which you want to merge the LAN you selected before.
  • Select the LAN into which both LANs are to be merged (the LAN that you want to keep).
  • Confirm your action by clicking the Merge LANs button.
  • Provision your changes.

The selected LANs are merged into one LAN. New IPs are assigned to the NICs of the LAN that has been merged.



Members

In the "Member" tab you'll find all servers and load balancers that are attached to this network, listed by name and network interface. A drop-down menu makes it possible to separate or attach different LAN segments to one another or other network interfaces, or to check or confirm your installation settings.

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