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The RHEL 5 documentation is good about bonding pairs of ports in various ways.

The Oracle team where I work want to get more complex than that. They want an active bonded pair, with a third interface ready as a passive backup.

Has anyone tried bonding at this level of complexity?

I thought about trying to layer bonding configurations. Could I configure bondeth0 as an active pair combining eth0 and eth2, and then create a bondeth1 with bondeth0 as active and eth1 as passive?


  • eth0 + eth2 = bondeth0, configured as an active pair.
  • bondeth0 + eth1 = bondeth1, configured for active/passive.

Has anyone ever tried that?

EDIT: Here's a more comprehensive description. These are two hosts in an Oracle 11g RAC/RDBMS cluster. eth0 is the unrouted management connection between the two hosts. eth1 and eth3 go from each host to its corresponding switch. eth2 goes from the host to the opposite host's switch. This way, no single networking failure takes down a host. Here's a rough drawing:

 __________ eth1           ____________
 | Host 1 |================| Switch 1 |
 |________| eth3           |__________|
eth2 |   |                      |
     |   |                      |
     |    \-eth0--------eth0-   |
     |                       \  |
     |                       |  | eth2
 ____________         eth3 __|_______
 | Switch 2 |==============| Host 2 |
 |__________|         eth1 |________|

I don't need to worry about eth0; it's working just fine. The RHEL Documentation covers the basics of bonding well. Many examples of bonding are available. I've even found a great description of the six bonding modes.

What I need to know is how to combine two modes across three ports.

Thanks! dafydd

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