So, for the VM we set a bridge. To do that we need to have bridge-utils package installed (yum install bridge-utils) and set-up the br0 bridge. There’s no need to set an IP address on the bridge as we only need to set a static route on it.

/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-br0 would look like this:


Then we create the file /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-br0 with the contents:

VM_IP dev br0

To start the bridge we just need to type in the shell:

ifup br0

To check the static route is well set we type:

ip route show dev br0

Then we edit /etc/sysctl.conf and take care that net.ipv4.ip_forward is set to 1, and add a line:

net.ipv4.conf.br0.proxy_arp = 1

Then we make these settings active by running in shell the command:

sysctl -p

The next step is to prepare the virtual network for libvirt. We create a file called net-br0.xml with the following contents:

<network connections='1'>
  <forward mode='bridge'/>
  <bridge name='br0' />

Then we import this file and make the virtual network active and available on start up by running these shell commands:

virsh net-define net-br0.xml
virsh net-start br0
virsh net-autostart br0