Why does mode 6 (balance-alb) bonding not work correctly in RHEL 6.4 on boot?

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  • In Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4, when configuring a mode 6 (also known as balance-alb, or adaptive load balancing) on first boot or after reboot of a system, the system is inaccessible from the network until a restart of the network services is performed:
# service network restart
  • When using be2net driver, the following message is printed:
be2net 0000:04:00.1: opcode 60-1 failed:status 3-4


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4
    • initscripts-9.03.38-1.el6
    • initscripts-9.03.38-1.el6_4.1

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