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How to set up network for containers on node with two NICs

Article ID: 115346, created on Dec 25, 2012, last review on Aug 13, 2014

  • Parallels Cloud Server 6.0
  • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Linux
  • Parallels Server


A Hardware Node has two or more physical NICs plugged in to the same network switch. Containers on such network are not accessible over the assigned IP addresses.


Such configuration is not preferred, unless physical NICs are placed in VLANs or teamed into the bonding interface.


Avoid such configurations when several physical NICs are plugged in to a single switch without VLANs or bonding.

Alternatively, it is possible to disable reverse path checks on those physical interfaces:

[root@myserver ~]# sysctl net.ipv4.conf.eth0.rp_filter=0 net.ipv4.conf.eth1.rp_filter=0 net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter=0

In order to preserve changes after reboot, make sure these settings are present in /etc/sysctl.conf

net.ipv4.conf.eth0.rp_filter = 0
net.ipv4.conf.eth1.rp_filter = 0
net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 0

NOTE: Replace eth0 and eth1 with actual adapters' names.

Additional information

The following knowledgebase articles can be useful when setting up network on the node or troubleshooting network problems in containers:

117979 Which bonding modes are supported on PVC/PCS/PSBM servers?

117980 Unstable network in containers in bridged mode

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