Open vSwitch


Open vSwitch is a multilayer virtual switch licensed by Apache 2.0. It is designed to enable massive network automation through programmable extensions. This command creates an Open vSwitch instance on the switch.

Syntax   openvswitch-create name name-string vnet vnet-name [dedicated-vnet-service|shared-vnet-service] [shared-vnet-mgr vnet-manager name][location fabric-node name] [storage-pool storage-pool-name [cert-name cert-name-string][ca-cert-name ca-cert-name-string][cert-location none|global|container] global-vtep|local-vtep][tunnel-ip ip-address]

name name-string

Specify a name for the Open vSwitch instance.

vnet vnet-name

Specify the name of the VNET for Open vSwitch.

Specify any of the following options:


Specify if Open vSwitch is a dedicated or shared VNET service.

shared-vnet-mgr vnet-manager name

Specify the VNET manager to share with if this is a shared service.

location fabric-node name

Specify the location of the service.

storage-pool storage-pool-name

Specify a storage pool to apply to the VNET.

cert-name cert-name-string

Specify the certificate name for SSL connections

ca-cert-name ca-cert-name-string

Specify the CA Certificate name for SSL connections

cert-location none|global|container

Specify the Certificate location - global or within container.


Specify the hardware VTEP associated with Open vSwitch.

tunnel-ip ip-address

Specify the IP address for the tunnel.


Specify if you want to enable BFD for OVSDB created tunnels.

Defaults   None

Access   CLI

History   .

Version 2.4

Command introduced.

Version 2.4.1

The parameters, tunnel and vtep, added.

Version 2.5

The parameters, gateway, db-conn-type, db-port, db-socket, and db-ip are deprecated.

Version 2.5.4

The parameter, shared-vnet-mgr, cert-name, ca-cert-name, and cert-location added.

Version 2.6.2

The parameter, gateway, deprecated.

Version 3.0.0

The parameter, bfd, added.

Usage   Use this command to create an Open vSwitch instance on a VNET.

Examples  To create an OpenStack instance, Open-One, on VNET, opvnet, as a dedicated service, with storage pool, vry-lrg-str, use the following command:

CLI network-admin@switch > openvswitch-create name Open-One vnet opvnet dedicated-vnet-service storage-pool vry-lrg-str