In CloudBolt, a network corresponds to a network within your virtualization platform. A CloudBolt network also contains the information needed to configure a server to successfully use that virtual network.

When you provision a server, choosing a network for a NIC will determine which of your virtualization platform’s networks the server connects to, as well as how the server’s IP address, gateway, and DNS settings will be configured.

Importing Existing Networks

Networks can be imported from your virtualization platform by visiting the details page of the corresponding resource handler. See Resource Handlers for information on how to import networks into CloudBolt.

Managing Networks

  1. Click Admin in the Nav Bar, and then click Networks to see a list of all of the networks in CloudBolt.
  2. Click the name of a network to open its detail view, where you can view and configure the network’s settings.

The Overview tab shows details about how a server should connect to a network.

DHCP and Static Addressing

If a VM has the guest operating system tools installed, then CloudBolt can configure the server for either DHCP or static IP addressing. For example, if a VMware VM has the VMWare Tools installed, CloudBolt can configure that VM for either DHCP or static IP addressing.

To choose which type of addressing is used:

  1. Click the Overview tab.

  2. Click Edit.

  3. From the Addressing schema dropdown, select one of the following:

    Static only

    Use static addressing as configured by the gateway, netmask, and DNS options. The server IP address will be configured if the user requests a new server, or it will be chosen automatically if an IP range is set on this network (see IP Ranges in the section below for more information).

    DHCP only

    Use DHCP addressing and ignore the static addressing options.

    User defined

    Allow the user decide between static and DHCP addressing when requesting a new server.

IP Ranges

In addition to static, DHCP-assigned, or user defined IP addresses, CloudBolt can automatically assign an IP address to new servers from a range of IP addresses. This prevents the Requestor from having to select an IP address themselves.

CloudBolt will keep track of which IP addresses are free and which are used so that the same IP address will be used only one time.

Note: If a network has an IP range associated with it, this will override the addressing schema option described in DHCP and Static Addressing.

Adding an IP Range

  1. Click the IP Pool tab of a network’s detail view and click Add Range of IPs.
  2. Next, type the starting and ending IP addresses for the range. Note that the starting and ending IP addresses are inclusive. Only the last octet of an IP range may vary.
  3. Click Add. The page will now show the IP range and a link to the CB resource pool used for the IP pool.

Modifying an IP Range

  1. Click the IP Pool tab of your network’s detail view.
  2. Click the link to the resource pool page that is listed for management.
  3. In the resource pool’s detail view, select the Values tab.
  4. From the Values tab, you can add, remove & edit IPs in the pool. For example, if you know that one IP in the specified range is dedicated to a particular device, you can use the deletion icon under Actions to exclude it from the set of IPs used when provisioning.

Deleting an IP Range

  1. Click the IP Pool tab of your network’s detail view.
  2. Click the link to the resource pool page that is listed for management.
  3. On the Overview tab of the resource pool’s detail view, use the Delete button to delete the resource pool. If you return to the network’s IP Pool tab, the resource pool will no longer be listed and you will be able to add a new IP range.