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    Managing Virtual Network Functions

    This topic lists the common configuration tasks required to provision, spawn, and maintain a VNF.

    1. Prepare a Bootstrap configuration

      A bootstrap configuration file must contain an initial configuration for the VNF that allows the VNF to be accessible from an external controller and accepts SSH/HTTP/HTTPS connections from an external controller for further run-time configurations. A bootstrap configuration can be provided to a VNF and uploaded by way of a CD-ROM or a USB disk. The ISO disk image created can be attached when spawning the VNF instance. To create an ISO disk image:

      root@jdm>request genisoimage bootstrap-config-filename iso-filename
    2. Allocate resources for Virtual Network functions.

      You can use the XML descriptor file to assign the upper limit for CPU processing power in a VNF, assign specific virtual CPU processing entities to a VNF, and to specify the maximum primary memory the VNF uses.

    3. Assign interfaces, VLANs, and MAC Addresses for Virtual Network Functions. In this step, you can attach a VNF interface to a physical NIC port, management interface, or a VLAN.
    4. You can start the VNF by configuring the VNF name and committing the configuration.

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    Modified: 2016-08-04