[ovirt-users] MAC spoofing for specific VMs

Christopher Young mexigabacho at gmail.com
Tue May 12 18:24:45 UTC 2015

Yep.  I had found that and applied it.  Great solution!   I actually wrote
about it to the zen load balancer list.  I will add it here for

 just wanted to follow-up so that it is documented on how to get this
working on oVirt/RHEV.  I had to install a VDSM hook to allow mac-spoofing
as a VM custom property like so (on each node):

yum install vdsm-hook-macspoof

That requires a restart of vdsmd on the node as well as a process on the
oVirt/RHEV engine:

engine-config -s "UserDefinedVMProperties=macspoof=(true|false)"

Which then requires a restart of the oVirt/RHEV engine.

After that, there will be an available custom properly on the VM called
'macspoof' that can be set to 'true'.  Once I did this and shutdown/powered
on the VMs, the cluster setup now completes successfully.  You learn
something every day.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.  The one thing I wish I had
on these VMs is the ovirt-guest-agent which would likely work except that
Debian 6 doesn't seem to have python-ethtool package/deps.  If there are
any plans to update the version of Debian that ZLB is based on, let me know.


On Tue, May 12, 2015 at 5:43 AM, Dan Kenigsberg <danken at redhat.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 02:12:22PM -0400, Christopher Young wrote:
> > I'm working on some load-balancing solutions and they appear to require
> > spoofing.  I did some searching and reading and as I understand it, you
> can
> > disable the MAC spoofing protection through a few methods.
> >
> > I was wondering about the best manner to enable this for the VMs that
> > require it and not across the board (if that is even possible).  I'd like
> > to just allow my load-balancer VMs to do what they need to, but keep the
> > others untouched as a security mechanism.
> >
> > If anyone has any advice on the best method to handle this scenario, I
> > would greatly appreciate it.  It seems that this might turn into some
> type
> > of feature request, though I'm not sure if this is something that has to
> be
> > done at the Linux bridge level, the port level, or the VM level.  Any
> > explanations into that would also help in my education.
> You can enable mac spoofing per VM or per vNIC using vdsm-hook-macspoof.
> See more details on the hook's README file
> https://gerrit.ovirt.org/gitweb?p=vdsm.git;a=blob;f=vdsm_hooks/macspoof/README;h=6bd11c1cb8ba2603d432fc8826eeb35738136c92;hb=79781a1945ceff6849a6a2b66cb5c4a1a5f8d874
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