OpenStack Packstack – How to configure an External Facing Bridged Interface


Specifically these directions are applicable to my experience with the OpenStack Packstack Installer, specifically when installing RHEL OpenStack 6 on RHEL 7. Plus, to get more specific (if that’s even possible — why yes it is), you will only need to follow the following steps on your Controller Node.

Note that I am installing OpenStack on two VMs in my HomeLab for testing purposes. Once machine will serve as a ‘All-In-One”  Controller/Compute/Network/Storage node and the other machine will serve as a Compute Node.

Basically what I am doing here is configuring networking in such a way to allow inbound access from my “public
lab network. Without this I would not be able to SSH to the Floating IP addresses that are assigned to my instances.

Note that my public interface is ens192 and has an ip address of Here I copy ifcfg-ens192 to ifcfg-br-ex., which will be my external bridge. Note: br-ex is short for bridge external, however br-int is not short for bridge internal, rather it is short for integration bridge….not that we are talking about br-int, but I figured it was worth a mention.

# cp ifcfg-ens192 ifcfg-br-ex

I then modify the file as shown below. The device br-ex will effectively take the reins on hosting our external facing ip address. By moving ens192 to br-ex we are allowing Openvswitch to ‘hang’ additional ip addresses on this interface. “DEVICETYPE=ovs” tells the networking service that this device uses Openvswitch. “TYPE=OVSBridge” lets the networking service that this device will act as a bridge


We also need to create a new ifcfg-ens192 file. Follow the template below. “TYPE=OVSPort” tells your networking service that this device is a port on an OVS bridge, while “OVS_BRIDGE” tells networking the name of the bridge where we need to attach.


Now you should be able to restart networking. Make sure that you have console access before you attempt the restart, just in case you fat-fingered something.

If you are unable to ping your floating ip addresses from the public network, you have screwed something up.

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