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Enabling ENA on AWS Instances (KBA5533)

 

KBA

KBA# 5533

 

Issue

Delphix administrators who want to take advantage of the Enhanced Network Adapter (ENA) on their existing Delphix Engines in AWS, may need to take the required steps described in the AWS documenation to enable ENA support by setting the Instance Attribute for the VM instance, and then reboot the Delphix Engine.  The relevant AWS documentation can be found at:

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/reference/ec2/modify-instance-attribute.html

AWS CLI modify-instance-attribute will be used to alter the ena-support flag:

--ena-support | --no-ena-support (structure)
Set to true to enable enhanced networking with ENA for the instance.
This option is supported only for HVM instances. Specifying this option with a PV instance can make it unreachable.

An example execution would be:

aws ec2 modify-instance-attribute --instance-id 1234567890abcdef0 --ena-support

 

Note

Note:

Newly created AWS VMs that are ENA-enabled should not need the above configuration as ENA should be enabled by default. This issue affects VMs that were either migrated from 5.3 (the ENA driver is not supported in versions older than 6.0) to 6.0+, or VMs that were backed by AWS instance types that didn't support ENA and the customer changed their instance type to one that supports it.

Additional AWS documentation for ENA can be found at:

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/enhanced-networking-ena.html#test-enhanced-networking-ena

 

important

Important:

The hyperlink above provides additional references to instance operating system commands for driver validation and configuration; as an appliance, these will not be applicable to the Delphix Engine and the commands referenced are unavailable to Administrators. Outside of the Engine reboot, no other actions are required for driver enablement.

Prerequisites

Applicable Delphix Versions

Click here to view the versions of the Delphix engine to which this article applies
Major Release All Sub Releases
6.0 6.0.0.0

Resolution

Only the AWS administrator can resolve this by enabling ENA from the AWS settings/attributes and rebooting the engine (see overview above).

To verify the enablement of the driver, the Delphix Administrator can execute network performance tests before and after ENA is enabled, at which point network throughput should show improvements (results will vary by instance type and setup).  Alternatively, Delphix Support can review a support log bundle to confirm driver enablement.

To avoid unexpected disruption to target Environments, it is recommended to disable VDBs prior to the Engine reboot.


Troubleshooting

If no visible changes take effect, Delphix Support can be engaged to verify the ENA driver is being used by the Engine network interface(s).