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Cisco MDS 9000 Family Port Analyzer Adapter
Installation and Configuration Note
Text Part Number: OL-9077-01
This document describes the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Port Analyzer Adapter (DS-PAA and DS-PAA2),
and the procedures required to install and configure it. It also describes setting up Cisco Traffic Analyzer
and Cisco Protocol Analyzer solutions. This installation and configuration note includes the following
The PAA enables effective, low-cost analysis of Fibre Channel traffic. The device is a standalone Fibre
Channel-to-Ethernet adapter, designed primarily to analyze Fibre Channel Switched Port Analyzer
(SPAN) traffic from a Fibre Channel port on a Cisco MDS 9000 Family switch. The main function of the
adapter is to encapsulate Fibre Channel frames into Ethernet frames. This encapsulation allows low-cost
analysis of Fibre Channel traffic while leveraging the existing Ethernet infrastructure.
The PAA allows you to examine Fibre Channel frames of various sizes. Fibre Channel frames from
Layers 2, 3, and 4 may be examined without network disruption.
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Overview, page 1
Hardware Description, page 5
Installing the Port Analyzer Adapter, page 12
Troubleshooting the Port Analyzer Adapter, page 15
Setting Up the Cisco Traffic Analyzer, page 15
Using Cisco Traffic Analyzer with Fabric Manager Web Services, page 16
Setting Up the Cisco Protocol Analyzer, page 22
Ethernet Frame Addressing Format, page 25
Related Documentation, page 26
Documentation Feedback, page 28