Xen bridge missing after SLES upgrade

This document (7012378) is provided subject to the disclaimer at the end of this document.


  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 sp1
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 sp2
  • Xen


After completing an upgrade, a rare issue with a misconfigured Xen bridge can occur. The result is the lack of networking, or the inability for Xen to start.


To solve this issue, you can utilize one of the following solutions:

Automated Correction

  • Start Yast
  • Choose the virtulization section
  • Utilize the Install Hypervisor utility

Manual Correction

  • Confirm the Xen bridge doesn't exist and that none of the bridge interface names conflict with standard network card names (such as eth0)
    • brctl show
  • Remove any incorrect / unused bridges
    • brctl delbr BRIDGENAME
  • Create a new Xen bridge (xenbr0 is the default bridge name)
    • brctl addbr xenbr0
  • Notice: At this point we will lose network connectivity.
  • Replace eth0 below with the interface that the Xen domU virtual machines should be communicating from.
  • Add the public interface to the xenbr0 bridge.
    • brctl addif xenbr0 eth0
  • At this point, you will need to migrate any network settings from eth0 to the new xenbr0. For example, if eth0 obtained its IP address over DHCP, you will need to configure xenbr0 for DHCP.  eth0 shouldn't have an IP address going forward. You can use Yast here to configure the network interfaces.


The cause is not completely understood at this time, however it seems related to end-user customizations to Xen.


This Support Knowledgebase provides a valuable tool for SUSE customers and parties interested in our products and solutions to acquire information, ideas and learn from one another. Materials are provided for informational, personal or non-commercial use within your organization and are presented "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.

  • Document ID:7012378
  • Creation Date: 07-May-2013
  • Modified Date:12-Oct-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

< Back to Support Search

For questions or concerns with the SUSE Knowledgebase please contact: tidfeedback[at]suse.com

SUSE Support Forums

Get your questions answered by experienced Sys Ops or interact with other SUSE community experts.

Join Our Community

Support Resources

Learn how to get the most from the technical support you receive with your SUSE Subscription, Premium Support, Academic Program, or Partner Program.

SUSE Customer Support Quick Reference Guide SUSE Technical Support Handbook Update Advisories
Support FAQ

Open an Incident

Open an incident with SUSE Technical Support, manage your subscriptions, download patches, or manage user access.

Go to Customer Center