Creating network interfaces

You can use System Manager to create a network interface or LIF to access data from Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs), manage SVMs, and to provide an interface for intercluster connectivity.

Before you begin

The broadcast domain that is associated with the subnet must have allocated ports.

About this task

Steps

  1. Click the Network tab.
  2. In the Network Interfaces tab, click Create.
  3. In the Create Network Interface dialog box, specify an interface name.
  4. Specify an interface role:
    If you want to... Then...
    Associate the network interface with a data LIF
    1. Select Serves Data.
    2. Select the SVM for the network interface.
    Associate the network interface with an intercluster LIF
    1. Select Intercluster Connectivity.
    2. Select the IPspace for the network interface.
  5. Select the appropriate protocols.
    The interface uses the selected protocols to access data from the SVM.
  6. If you want to enable management access on the data LIF, select the Enable Management Access check box.
    You cannot enable management access for intercluster LIFs or LIFs with FC/FCoE or iSCSI protocols.
  7. Assign the IP address by choosing one of the following options:
    If you want to... Then...
    Specify the IP address using a subnet
    1. Select Using a subnet.
    2. In the Add Details dialog box, select the subnet from which the IP address must be assigned.

      For intercluster LIF, only the subnets that are associated with the selected IPspace are displayed.

    3. If you want to assign a specific IP address to the interface, select Use a specific IP address, and then type the IP address.

      The IP address you specify is added to the subnet if it is not already present in the subnet range.

    4. Click OK.
    Specify the IP address manually without using a subnet
    1. Select Without a subnet.
    2. In the Add Details dialog box, perform the following steps:
      1. Specify the IP address and network mask or prefix.
      2. Optional: Specify the gateway.

        The destination field is populated with the default value based on the family of the IP address.

      3. If you do not want the default value, specify the new destination value.

      If a route does not exist, a new route is automatically created based on the gateway and destination.

    3. Click OK.
  8. Select the required ports from the ports details area.
    • For data LIFs, the details area displays all the ports from the broadcast domain associated with the IPspace of the SVM.
    • For intercluster LIFs, the details area displays all the ports from the broadcast domain associated with the required IPspace.
  9. Optional: Select the Dynamic DNS (DDNS) check box to enable DDNS.
  10. Click Create.