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Docker static network

(Michaelox) #1


Lets say I have subnet and I have two hosts:

  • hostA
  • hostB

is it possible to create container with static IP:

  • containerOnHostA with IP
  • containerOnHostB with IP

And containers can ping each other and work as for example elasticsearch cluster?

(David Maze) #2

I’d highly recommend starting with the default Docker networking and understanding it. Containers don’t have accessible IP addresses; instead, they use the host’s IP address, and the docker run -p option causes specific ports to appear on your host.

You can think of a container as a process (what’s the IP address of your nginx process vs. your elasticsearch process?), or you can think of your host system as a router (can I give a system behind the router an IP address visible from the outside? you can but only with special setup on the router).

So here’s a basic setup for Elasticsearch. It’s going to be a little bit more qualitative than a full-on recipe. You need to know some contact information, say an IP address or a hostname, for both host systems. On each system, modify the Elasticsearch configuration (using docker run -v to push in a config file is handy here) to say:

network.publish_host: (this host's IP address) false
  - (this host's IP address)
  - (other host's IP address)

Then run Elasticsearch containers on both hosts with docker run -p 9200:9200 -p 9300:9300, and they will find each other.

[N.B. the setup I have readily available is for Elasticsearch 1.7, IIRC Elasticsearch 2.x disables zen multicast discovery by default and there may be other differences]

(Martycurran) #3

Hi, this looks like what I need thanks.
Do the ip addresses need to be in brackets [] or need ports added to work