Configuring vlans, Overview of vlans – Oracle Audio Technologies Sun Oracle SunDual 10GbE XFP User Manual

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Configuring VLANs

This chapter explains Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) in detail and provides
configuration instructions and examples. It contains the following sections:

“Overview of VLANs” on page 61

“Configuring VLANs in a Solaris Environment” on page 63

“Configuring VLANs in a Linux Environment” on page 65

With multiple VLANs on an adapter, a server with a single adapter can have a
logical presence on multiple IP subnets. By default, 128 VLANs can be defined for
each VLAN-aware adapter on your server. However, this number can be increased
by changing the system parameters.

If your network does not require multiple VLANs, you can use the default
configuration, in which case no further configuration is necessary.

Overview of VLANs

VLANs enable you to split your physical LAN into logical subparts, providing an
essential tool for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of your network.

VLANs are commonly used to separate groups of network users into manageable
broadcast domains, to create logical segmentation of workgroups, and to enforce
security policies among each logical segment. Each defined VLAN behaves as its
own separate network, with its traffic and broadcasts isolated from the others,
increasing the bandwidth efficiency within each logical group.

Although VLANs are commonly used to create individual broadcast domains
and/or separate IP subnets, it can be useful for a server to have a presence on more
than one VLAN simultaneously. Several Sun products support multiple VLANs on a
per port or per interface basis, allowing very flexible network configurations.