Bonding (Port Trunking)
What is bonding?
Bonding is the same as port trunking. In the following I will use the word bonding because practically we will bond interfaces as one.
But still...what is bonding?
Bonding allows you to aggregate multiple ports into a single group, effectively combining the bandwidth into a single connection.
Bonding also allows you to create multi-gigabit pipes to transport traffic through the highest traffic areas of your network. For example,
you can aggregate three megabits ports (1 mb each) into a three-megabits trunk port. That is equivalent with having one interface with three megabits speed.
Where should I use bonding?
You can use it wherever you need redundant links, fault tolerance or load balancing networks. It
is the best way to have a high availability network segment. A very useful way to use
bonding is to use it in connection with 802.1q VLAN support (your network equipment must have 802.1q
The best documentation is on the Linux Channel Bonding Project page
I strongly recommend to read it for more details.
Credits: Linux Channel Bonding Project page , Thea
This small howto will try to cover the most used bonding types.
The following script (the gray area) will configure a bond interface (bond0)
using two ethernet interface (eth0 and eth1). You can place it onto your on file and run it
at boot time..
modprobe bonding mode=0 miimon=100 # load bonding module
ifconfig eth0 down # putting down the eth0 interface
ifconfig eth1 down # putting down the eth1 interface
ifconfig bond0 hw ether 00:11:22:33:44:55 # changing the MAC address of the bond0 interface
ifconfig bond0 192.168.55.55 up # to set ethX interfaces as slave the bond0 must have an ip.
ifenslave bond0 eth0 # putting the eth0 interface in the slave mod for bond0
ifenslave bond0 eth1 # putting the eth1 interface in the slave mod for bond0
You can set up your bond interface according to your needs. Changing one parameters
(mode=X) you can have the following bonding types:
Round-robin policy: Transmit packets in sequential order from the first available slave
through the last. This mode provides load balancing and fault tolerance.
Active-backup policy: Only one slave in the bond is active. A different slave becomes
active if, and only if, the active slave fails. The bond's MAC address is externally
visible on only one port (network adapter) to avoid confusing the switch. This mode
provides fault tolerance. The primary option affects the behavior of this mode.
XOR policy: Transmit based on [(source MAC address XOR'd with destination MAC address)
modulo slave count]. This selects the same slave for each destination MAC address. This
mode provides load balancing and fault tolerance.
Broadcast policy: transmits everything on all slave interfaces. This mode provides fault
IEEE 802.3ad Dynamic link aggregation. Creates aggregation groups that share the same
speed and duplex settings. Utilizes all slaves in the active aggregator according to
the 802.3ad specification.
1. Ethtool support in the base drivers for retrieving
the speed and duplex of each slave.
2. A switch that supports IEEE 802.3ad Dynamic link
Most switches will require some type of configuration
to enable 802.3ad mode.
Adaptive transmit load balancing: channel bonding that does not require any special
switch support. The outgoing traffic is distributed according to the current load
(computed relative to the speed) on each slave. Incoming traffic is received by
the current slave. If the receiving slave fails, another slave takes over the
MAC address of the failed receiving slave.
Ethtool support in the base drivers for retrieving the
speed of each slave.
Adaptive load balancing: includes balance-tlb plus receive load balancing (rlb) for
IPV4 traffic, and does not require any special switch support. The receive load
balancing is achieved by ARP negotiation. The bonding driver intercepts the ARP
Replies sent by the local system on their way out and overwrites the source hardware
address with the unique hardware address of one of the slaves in the bond
such that different peers use different hardware addresses for the server.
The most used are the first four mode types...
Also you can use multiple bond interface but for that you must load the bonding
module as many as you need.
Presuming that you want two bond interface you must configure the /etc/modules.conf
alias bond0 bonding
options bond0 -o bond0 mode=0 miimon=100
alias bond1 bonding
options bond1 -o bond1 mode=1 miimon=100
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- To restore your slaves MAC addresses, you need to detach them from the
bond (`ifenslave -d bond0 eth0'). The bonding driver will then restore the MAC
addresses that the slaves had before they were enslaved.
- The bond MAC address will be the taken from its first slave device.
- Promiscous mode:
According to your bond type, when you put the bond interface in the promiscous
mode it will propogates the setting to the slave devices as follow:
- for mode=0,2,3 and 4 the promiscuous mode setting is propogated to all slaves.
- for mode=1,5 and 6 the promiscuous mode setting is propogated only to the active slave.
For balance-tlb mode the active slave is the slave currently receiving inbound traffic, for balance-alb mode the active
slave is the slave used as a "primary." and for the active-backup, balance-tlb and balance-alb modes, when the active slave
changes (e.g., due to a link failure), the promiscuous setting will be propogated to the new active slave.
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