A Puppet module that provides a custom type for network device configuration and management
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Network management for puppet


This module provides types for network management :

  • Device configuration files using the network_config type
  • Live network management using the network_interface type

Note: network_interface and network_config types are not dependant on each other in any way. network_interface is experimental.

Word of warning : if you choose to go for automatic network reconfiguration and you inject a mistake in your configuration, you probably willl loose network connectivity on the configured system.

Ensure that you have a fallback ready before trying puppet-network, like physical access, a remote KVM, or similar devices so that you can restore connectivity in the event of configuration errors.

The 'network_config' type

The network_config type is used to maintain persistent network configuration. Only redhat-derivatives (RHEL,Fedora,CentOS) are currently supported.

Important notes

'Exclusive' mode by default

puppet-network will remove any device that is not configured through puppet-network. This may look harsh to some, but the alternative yields greater problems (read below).

If you want puppet-network to leave your existing ifcfg files be, set exclusive => false in any of the existing network_config resources.

In non-exclusive mode, you get the freedom to handle ifcfg files the way you prefer. Be aware though, that leaving behind unwanted devices can have very adverse effects (broadcast issues, non-functionning bridges, defective bonding etc..) that won't be solved by rebooting the machine, probably requiring manual intervention to restore connectivity.

'service network restart' issues

Phasing out a configuration is dangerous. service network restart will only shut down devices configured that are configured (ie with a matching file in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts).

This can yield to problematic roll-outs, such as removing bridge devices. This would leave behind live bridge configuration, preventing regular use of the formerly bridged interfaces.


  • use network-restart.rb script that comes with puppet-network. this will service network stop then proceed to remove anything left that looks like network-configuration, then run service network start. Please review code first, be --sure, and send feedback at heliostech if you encounter issues.
  • use brctl/ifenslave/ip etc manually (ie. roll your own 'network-restart.xx')
  • use puppet in offline mode, trigger a service network stop before applying configuration changes (puppet code left as an exercise ..), apply changes, then do service network start. (not tested)
  • send patches for network_interface puppet type that can do the brctl (and ifenslave etc..) lifting.
  • worst case scenario, reset your computer using any appropriate way


Static configuration

network_config { "eth0":
    bootproto     => "none",
    onboot        => "yes",
    netmask       => "",
    broadcast     => "",
    ipaddr        => "",
    userctl       => "no",
    hwaddr        => "08:00:27:34:05:15",
    domain        => "example.domain.com",
    nozeroconf    => "yes",

You could also use prefix => 24 instead of the broadcast parameter.


network_config { "eth0":
    bootproto     => "dhcp",
    onboot        => "yes",


network_config { "eth0.2":
    vlan          => "yes",


network_config { "eth0":
    bridge        => "br0"

network_config { "br1":
    type          => "Bridge",
    bootproto     => "dhcp",
    stp           => "on",


network_config { "bond0":
    type          => "Bonding",
    bonding_module_opts => "mode=balance-rr miimon=100",

network_config { "eth0": master => "bond0", slave => "yes" }
network_config { "eth2": master => "bond0", slave => "yes" }
network_config { "eth3": master => "bond0", slave => "yes" }

See kernel documentation for bonding for more information.

The 'network_interface' type

The network_interface maintains live state of the interface using the ip tool, likewise :

network_interface { "eth0":
    state     => "up",
    mtu       => "1000",
    qlen      => "1500",
    address   => "aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff",
    broadcast => "ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff",

Source code

The source code for this module is available online at http://github.com/heliostech/puppet-network.git

You can checkout the source code by installing the git distributed version control system and running:

git clone git://github.com/heliostech/puppet-network.git