The Internal Management NetworkΒΆ

The internal management network must be implemented as a single, dedicated, Layer 2 broadcast domain for the exclusive use of each StarlingX OpenStack cluster. Sharing of this network by more than one StarlingX OpenStack cluster is not supported.

The internal management network is also used for disk IO traffic to and from the Ceph storage cluster.

If required, the internal management network can be configured as a VLAN-tagged network. In this case, a separate IPv4 PXE boot network must be implemented as the untagged network on the same physical interface. This configuration must also be used if the management network must support IPv6.

During the StarlingX OpenStack software installation process, several network services such as BOOTP, DHCP, and PXE, are expected to run over the internal management network. These services are used to bring up the different hosts to an operational state. It is therefore mandatory that this network be operational and available in advance, to ensure a successful installation.

On each host, the internal management network can be implemented using a 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet port. Requirements for this port are that:

  • it must be capable of PXE-booting

  • it can be used by the motherboard as a primary boot device


This network is not used with Simplex systems.


OSDs bind to all addresses but communicate on the same network as monitors (monitors and OSDs need to communicate, if monitors are on management networks, then OSDs source address will also be on mgmt0).

See Kubernetes Internal Management Network for details.