Create and Manage SDN Manager

SDN manager is an OnApp control panel entity used to manage the SDN infrastructure using API calls for the ODL controller. SDN manager connection options are used to connect SDN Nodes to the ODL controller. You can view, edit and delete SDN manager.

Before you start working with SDN manager, make sure your ODL controller is installed and properly configured:

  • OnApp is compatible with Carbon 0.6.2 ODL controller version
  • ODL controller should be accessible from Control Panel with SDN manager host:port and from compute resources with selected connection options (tcp:ip_address:port)
  • For information on how to install and configure ODL controller, refer to OpenDayLight Controller Installation Guide.


View SDN Manager


To view SDN manager on your system:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu.

  2. Click the SDN Management icon.

    Currently, only one SDN manager per cloud is available.

     3. Click the label of an SDN manager to view its details:

    • Label - the name of the SDN manager 
    • Host - the hostname or IP address of the ODL controller 
    • Type - the type of the manager. Currently, manual type is available.
    • Nodes Connection Options - how OpenVSwitch will be connected to SDN manager using the format: protocol:IP:port. Currently, TCP protocol is available as a connection option.

Create SDN Manager


To add SDN manager:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu.

  2. Click the SDN Management icon.

  3. Click the Add Manual Manager button.
  4. On the screen that follows, fill in the following details:
    • Label - the name of the SDN manager

    • Host - the hostname or IP address of the ODL controller 

    • Port -  specify the port to connect to ODL controller (e.g. 9090, 8080)

    • Login - provide user login name to login into ODL controller 

    • Password - specify user password and confirm it

  5. Click the Submit button to save the changes.


Edit SDN Manager


During editing an SDN manager, please make sure the connection with ODL controller can be established. For that, click the Check connection button at the bottom right part of the screen.

To edit an SDN manager:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu.

  2. Click the SDN Management icon.

  3. Click the Actions button next to the SDN manager and then click Edit.

  4. On the screen that follows, change details as required:

    • Label - the name of the SDN manager

    • Host - the hostname or IP address of the ODL controller 

    • Port -  specify the port to connect to ODL controller (e.g. 9090, 8080)

    • Login - provide user login name to login into ODL controller 

    • Password - specify user password and confirm it

  5. Click the Submit button to save your changes.

Delete SDN Manager


To delete an SDN manager:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu.

  2. Click the SDN Management icon.

  3. Click the Actions button next to the SDN manager you want to delete and then click Delete.

Note that you cannot delete SDN manager if it has any nodes assigned.



Connection Options


At OnApp, OpenSwitch instances installed on compute resources are connected to ODL controller using different connection options. SDN manager contains a list of accepted TCP connection options that you can use.


View Connection Options


To view connection options:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > AdminSettings menu.

  2. Click the SDN Management icon.

  3. Click the Actions button next to the SDN manager and then click Connection Options.

Add Connection Options


To add new connection option:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu and click the SDN Management icon.

  2. Click the Actions button next to the SDN manager and then click Connection Options.

  3. Insert the new connection option using the format: tcp:ipv4_address:port OR tcp:[ipv6_address]:port. (6640 default port for OVSDB )

  4. Click the "+" button.

OpenDayLight has a current limitation of 50 ports. If you plan to use more, please contact support or your account manager.


Delete Connection Options


To delete a connection option:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Admin > Settings menu and click the SDN Management icon.

  2. Click the Actions button next to the SDN manager and then click Connection Options.

  3. To delete a connection option, click the Delete button next to the connection option you want to remove.