Netplan seems over-complicated – Info Linux

I just setup my first 18.04 system. First time installing Ubuntu since 2015-2014. I intend to use it as an iSCSI target server for my Proxmox environment and some Windows servers. However, I did not realize that Ubuntu has decided to retire ifupdown for netplan.

I have spent over 2 hours attempting to create a bonded interface using the two Ethernet ports on my server. Regardless of config, I can not get it to work. I followed multiple sample config walk-throughs and have almost completely copied serveral available .yaml files. There are a few open cases in Ubuntu’s bug tracker and various other posts across the WAN implying that netplan and bonding are ‘broken’ in 18.04.

I have attempted to get it to work using ifupdown, which I understand you can install afterwards and configure separately from netplan. This did not work due to the cloud-init service which is also new to me.

As I understand, netplan is intended to resolve some of the ‘hackiness’ of ifupdown, similar to the way systemd replaced init scripts. However, if I can not get bonding to work, it is useless.

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’ve been using since 2006 and have been configuring, administering and maintaining systems for over 8 years now. If I can not get it to work, I have a hard time believing that most find it easy and or simple.

Is anyone else running into issues with networking on 18.04? In the meantime, I’m going to install Debian again.

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