17.13. Dynamically Changing a Host Physical Machine or a Network Bridge that is Attached to a Virtual NIC

This section demonstrates how to move the vNIC of a guest virtual machine from one bridge to another while the guest virtual machine is running without compromising the guest virtual machine
  1. Prepare guest virtual machine with a configuration similar to the following:
    <interface type='bridge'>
          <mac address='52:54:00:4a:c9:5e'/>
          <source bridge='virbr0'/>
          <model type='virtio'/>
    </interface>
    
  2. Prepare an XML file for interface update:
    # cat br1.xml
    <interface type='bridge'>
          <mac address='52:54:00:4a:c9:5e'/>
          <source bridge='virbr1'/>
          <model type='virtio'/>
    </interface>
    
  3. Start the guest virtual machine, confirm the guest virtual machine's network functionality, and check that the guest virtual machine's vnetX is connected to the bridge you indicated.
    # brctl show
    bridge name     bridge id               STP enabled     interfaces
    virbr0          8000.5254007da9f2       yes                  virbr0-nic
    
    vnet0
    virbr1          8000.525400682996       yes                  virbr1-nic
    
  4. Update the guest virtual machine's network with the new interface parameters with the following command:
    # virsh update-device test1 br1.xml 
    
    Device updated successfully
    
    
  5. On the guest virtual machine, run service network restart. The guest virtual machine gets a new IP address for virbr1. Check the guest virtual machine's vnet0 is connected to the new bridge(virbr1)
    # brctl show
    bridge name     bridge id               STP enabled     interfaces
    virbr0          8000.5254007da9f2       yes             virbr0-nic
    virbr1          8000.525400682996       yes             virbr1-nic     vnet0