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Creating network interfaces

You can use System Manager to create a network interface to access data from Storage Virtual Machines (SVMs), manage SVMs, and to provide an interface for intercluster connectivity.

Before you begin

About this task

Dynamic DNS (DDNS) is enabled by default when a LIF is created. However, if you configure the LIF for intercluster communication, for iSCSI and FC/FCoE protocols, with IPv6 addresses, or for management access only, DDNS is disabled.


  1. Expand the Cluster hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. Select the cluster, and then click Configuration > Network.
  3. In the Network window, select the Network Interfaces tab.
  4. Click Create.
  5. In the Create Network Interface dialog box, perform the following steps:
    1. Specify an interface name.
    2. Specify a role, whether the interface should be used for serving data (data LIF) or for intercluster connectivity (intercluster LIF).
    3. Select the appropriate protocols.
      The interface uses the selected protocols to access data from the SVM.
    4. Optional: If you want to enable management access on a data LIF, select the Enable Management Access check box.
      You cannot enable management access for intercluster LIFs or LIFs with FC/FCoE or iSCSI protocols.
    5. Specify the IP address by choosing one of the following:
      • Select the subnet from which the IP address will be assigned automatically to the interface.
      • Select Use a specific IP address, and then type the IP address.

        The IP address you specify will be added to the subnet if it is not already present in the subnet range.

  6. Select the required ports from the ports details area, which displays all the ports from the broadcast domain associated with the selected subnet.
  7. Optional: Select the Dynamic DNS (DDNS) check box to enable DDNS.
  8. Click Create.