nvp transport node #37

Supports: precise


Nicira NVP provides a highly flexible, high performance, secure network virtualization solution for data centers. . This charm is used to configure a principle service as a transport node in a NVP cluster. This includes installing and configuring OpenvSwitch to be controlled by the NVP cluster.

NVP transport node


This charm should be used with other principle charms to install and configure the service units as Transport Nodes within a VMware Nicira NVP cluster.

The principle use of this charm is with the nova-compute and quantum-gateway charms used within an OpenStack deployment.

NOTE: this charm relies on binaries that are distributed to customers of VMware who have purchased Nicira NVP.


Note that NVP requires use of very specific versions of OpenvSwitch; these are provided as deb files in a tar.gz provided by Nicira.

This bundle must be extracted in the 'payload' folder within the charm prior to deployment. The charm expects to find deb's; if they are missing the install hook will error out.

The charm will extract the bundle and install any deb files found.


You must also provide an IP address for at least one NVP cluster controller and the UUID of the transport zone which the transport node will be connected to in addition to the username and password to use when communicating with NVP.

The method of connecting the transport node to the NVP transport zone can also be provided; by default the charm with use 'STTConnector' - the full list of options includes::

  • STTConnector
  • GREConnector
  • IPsecSTTConnector
  • IPsecGREConnector

Multiple connectors can be configured; the list is space delimited.

The integration OpenvSwitch bridge to create and configure for use can also be specified; by default this is 'br-int' but can be configured on first use.

Example configuration::

nvp-transport-node: cluster-controllers: "" username: myusername password: mypassword tz-uuid: 89767989-4659-4ef1-90a5-8ebbbdabbe17 tz-connector-types: "STTConnector GREConnector" integration-bridge: br-int


(string) Space delimited list of NVP controllers to use.
(string) Name of the OpenvSwitch integration bridge to use with NVP.
(string) List of packages to install for NVP.
openvswitch-datapath-dkms openvswitch-switch openvswitch-pki nicira-ovs-hypervisor-node
(string) Password to use when communicating with NVP contoller.
(string) NVP connector types to configure connections from node to transport zone.
(string) UUID of NVP transport zone to connect node to.
(string) Username to use when communicating with NVP controller.