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Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for
HP c-Class BladeSystem
user guide
Part number: AA-RWEBA-TE
Second edition: September 2007


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  • Page 1: User Guide

    Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem user guide Part number: AA-RWEBA-TE Second edition: September 2007...

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    Legal and notice information © Copyright 2007 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P © Copyright 2007 Cisco Systems Inc. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.

  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents About this guide ..........7 Intended audience .

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    3 Managing the Switch ......... 29 Management features .

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    Supported SFPs ............55 Supported HBAs.

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  • Page 7: About This Guide

    About this guide This guide provides information about setting up and configuring the Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem. Throughout this guide the short product name is used, Cisco MDS 9124e Switch. Intended audience This guide is intended for system administrators and technicians with knowledge of: •...

  • Page 8: Document Conventions And Symbols

    • In the United States, for contact options see the Contact HP United States web page: • Call 1-800-HP-INVENT (1-800-474-6836). This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For continuous quality improvement, calls may be recorded or monitored. •...

  • Page 9: Subscription Service

    IMPORTANT: Provides clarifying information or specific instructions. NOTE: Provides additional information. TIP: Provides helpful hints and shortcuts. Subscription service HP strongly recommends that customers register online using the Subscriber’s choice web site: Subscribing to this service provides you with e-mail updates on the latest product enhancements, newest driver versions, and firmware documentation updates as well as instant access to numerous other product resources.

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    About This Guide...

  • Page 11: Overview

    1 Overview The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem (referred to hereafter as the Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch) is a Fibre Channel (FC) switch that supports link speeds of up to 4 Gb. The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch can operate in a fabric containing multiple switches or as the only switch in a fabric.

  • Page 12: Component Identification

    • Heterogeneous support for mixed storage fabrics • Power supplied and controlled by the BladeSystem enclosure • Identification to HP chassis management via HP specified SEEPROMs • Hot-swap capability • Compatible with redundant and dual redundant switch configurations in c-Class BladeSystem •...

  • Page 13: Port Side Of The Switch

    Port side of the Switch Figure 2 Table 3 identify Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch external ports (ports EXT 1 through EXT 4 and ports EXT 5 through EXT 8). EXT 1 EXT 2 EXT 3 EXT 4 EXT 5 EXT 6 EXT 7 EXT 8...

  • Page 14: Switch Licensing

    Switch licensing The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch integrates one of two license options that complement existing HP product lines. Models and their specific licenses are described next: • Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem, base, integrating 12 active ports (8 internal and 4 external) and two preinstalled short wavelength SFPs.

  • Page 15: Optional Hardware Kits

    Optional hardware kits Table 4 lists optional hardware kits that support the switch. For additional options, go to the HP web site: Table 4 Optional hardware Accessory Part number Short wavelength 4Gb FC SFP, 4 pack 500m AE379A Long wavelength 4Gb FC SFP, 4km AE494A Medium wavelength 4Gb FC SFP, 10km AE380A...

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  • Page 17: Setup

    2 Setup This chapter provides the following information: • Shipping carton contents • Installation and safety considerations • Installing the switch • Setting the IP address • Configuring the switch • Recovering the admin password Shipping carton contents The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem kit shipping carton contains three items, identified in Figure 3 Table...

  • Page 18: Installation And Safety Considerations

    Table 5 Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch components Item Description Dust covers for empty SFP ports Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem installation guide Installation and safety considerations The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch installs in the I/O bays in the rear of the HP c-Class BladeSystem enclosure.

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    Locate the appropriate interconnect bay in the rear of the enclosure per the HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure setup and installation guide provided with your enclosure. Remove the slot cover, if installed. IMPORTANT: Populate all enclosure I/O bays with the appropriate component; for example a switch, Pass-Thru, or one of the blank panels provided with the enclosure.

  • Page 20: Oa Power Verification

    E X T E X T E X T E X T E X T C is c o M D S 9 1 2 4 Figure 5 Installing the Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch into an interconnect bay Press the installation handle into the latch to lock the switch in place. OA power verification As defined earlier, the HP BladeSystem Onboard Administrator (OA) is the enclosure management tool that manages the devices contained within the enclosure.

  • Page 21: Checking Leds

    Checking LEDs Figure 6 to locate power-on LEDs. EXT 1 EXT 2 EXT 3 EXT 4 Figure 6 Verifying power-on LEDs Verify that the LEDs match the indicators described in Table Table 7 Power-on LEDs Indicators Item Description - used to help user locate a specific UID LED module in the BladeSystem for replacement, etc.

  • Page 22: Resetting The Ip Address

    • In a UNIX environment, type: tip /dev/ttyb –9600 Log into the OA. Identify the interconnect bay number where the switch is installed. Type the following at the command line: OA> connect interconnect x Where x is the interconnect bay number where the switch is installed. If you are using the switch for the first time, the switch setup utility starts automatically.

  • Page 23: Configuring The Switch

    Configuring the Switch The Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch must be configured to ensure correct operation within a network and fabric. For instructions about configuring the switch to operate in a fabric containing switches from other vendors, refer to the HP StorageWorks SAN Design reference guide: For more information about the CLI, refer to the Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide.

  • Page 24: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the date and time Date and time are used for logging events. Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch operation does not depend on the date and time. A switch with an incorrect date and time value will function properly. To set the date and time using the CLI: If you have not already done so, connect to the switch and log in as admin.

  • Page 25: Modifying The Fc Domain Id (optional)

    Modifying the FC domain ID (optional) If desired, you can modify the domain ID. If the Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch is not powered on until after it is connected to the fabric and the default FC domain ID is already in use, the domain ID for the new switch is automatically reset to a unique value.

  • Page 26: Verifying The Configuration

    Verifying the configuration Use the show interface and show module commands to verify switch configuration. The following shows how to enter the show interface command: switch# show interface ext1 The following shows how to enter the show module command: switch# show module Backing up the configuration Use the copy running-config startup-config command to back up switch configuration.

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    10.Enter a new admin password. switch(boot)(config)# admin-password <new password> switch(boot)(config)# exit switch(boot)# 1 1. View the system image in bootflash. switch(boot)# dir bootflash: For example: m9100-s2ek9-mz.3.1.3a.bin Load the system image. switch(boot)# load bootflash:system_image For example: load bootflash:m9100-s2ek9-mz.3.1.3a.bin Verify that you now see the Cisco MDS 9124e Switch login prompt, switch login#. If necessary, reset the SNMP admin password after logging in to the switch, as in the following example: switch# config t...

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    Set Up...

  • Page 29: Managing The Switch

    3 Managing the Switch This chapter provides the following information: • Management features • Maintaining the switch • Replacing the switch • Powering on and off • Interpreting LED activity • POST and boot specifications • Interpreting POST results Management features The management tools built into the Cisco MDS 9124e Switch (listed in Table 8) can be used to...

  • Page 30: Maintaining The Switch

    The gateway address of the first switch should be set to whatever the gateway address is for the subnet on which the first switch resides. See Table Table 9 Connecting via a management station Management First switch Second switch Third switch station Ethernet

  • Page 31: Replacing The Switch

    scale: 3/8" = 1" C is Figure 7 Installing an SFP Table 10 SFP components Item Description Bail Insert the SFP into the port until you hear a click. Close the bail. Replacing the Switch In some cases, you may need to replace a Cisco MDS 9124e Switch. To replace a Cisco MDS 9124e switch in the HP BladeSystem c-Class enclosure: Create a backup of the existing configuration file.

  • Page 32: Powering On And Off

    Create an admin password when prompted by the switch. Continue with the setup configuration and enter the appropriate information that matches the Cisco MDS 9124e Switch that you removed. Install the same Cisco MDS SAN-OS release as was installed on the Cisco MDS 9124e Switch that was removed.

  • Page 33: Interpreting Led Activity

    Interpreting LED activity You can monitor switch activity and status by checking the switch LEDs. There are three possible LED states: no light, a steady light, or a flashing light. The steady lights and flashing lights can be green or amber. The LEDs flash any of these colors during boot, POST, or other diagnostic tests.

  • Page 34: Led Patterns

    LED patterns Table 12 summarizes LED color and meaning. Table 12 Port link status LED patterns LED color Status of Hardware Solid green Link is up. Steady flashing green Link is up (beacon used to identify port). Flashing green Link is up (traffic on port). Solid amber Link is disabled by software.

  • Page 35: Boot

    Boot Boot completes in approximately three minutes if POST is run. Boot includes the following tasks after POST completes: • Universal port configuration • Links initialized • The fabric is analyzed, and if any ports are connected to other switches, the switch participates in a fabric configuration •...

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    Managing the Switch...

  • Page 37: A Regulatory Compliance And Safety

    Hewlett-Packard could result in the product not meeting the Class A limits, in which case the FCC could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

  • Page 38: Regulatory Compliance Identification Numbers

    Regulatory compliance identification numbers For the purpose of regulatory compliance certifications and identification, your product has been assigned a unique Regulatory Model Number. The RMN can be found on the product nameplate label, along with all required approval markings and information. When requesting compliance information for this product, always refer to this RMN.

  • Page 39: International Notices And Statements

    Figure 9 Class 1 laser product label This optional label indicates that the product is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT. This label may appear on the laser device installed in your product. International notices and statements Canadian notice (avis Canadien) Class A equipment This Class A Digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.

  • Page 40: Bsmi Notice

    BSMI notice Japanese notice Korean notices Regulatory compliance and safety...

  • Page 41: Safety

    Safety Battery replacement notice Your switch is equipped with a lithium manganese dioxide, a vanadium pentoxide, or an alkaline internal battery or battery pack. There is a danger of explosion and risk of personal injury if the battery is incorrectly replaced or mistreated. Replacement is to be done by an HP authorized service provider using the HP spare part designated for this product.

  • Page 42: Japanese Power Cord Statement

    Japanese power cord statement Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive English notice Dutch notice Verwijdering van afgedankte apparatuur door privé-gebruikers in de Europese Unie Dit symbool op het product of de verpakking geeft aan dat dit product niet mag worden gedeponeerd bij het normale huishoudelijke afval. U bent zelf verantwoordelijk voor het inleveren van uw afgedankte apparatuur bij een inzamelingspunt voor het recyclen van oude elektrische en elektronische apparatuur.

  • Page 43: Czechoslovakian Notice

    Czechoslovakian notice Estonian notice Seadmet e jäätmete kõrvaldamine eramajapidamistes Euroo pa Liidus See tootel või selle pakendil olev sümbol näitab, et kõnealust toodet ei tohi koos teiste majapidamisjäätmetega kõrvaldada. Teie kohus on oma seadmete jäätmed kõrvaldada, viies need elektri- ja elektroonikaseadmete jäätmete ringlussevõtmiseks selleks ettenähtud kogumispunkti.

  • Page 44: German Notice

    French notice Élimination des appareils mis au rebut par les ménages dans l'Union européenne Le symbole apposé sur ce produit ou sur son emballage indique que ce produit ne doit pas être jeté avec les déchets ménagers ordinaires. Il est de votre responsabilité...

  • Page 45: Greek Notice

    Greek notice Hungarian notice Készülékek magánháztartásban történ selejtezése az Európai Unió területén A készüléken, illetve a készülék csomagolásán látható azonos szimbólum annak jelzésére szolgál, hogy a készülék a selejtezés során az egyéb háztartási hulladéktól eltér módon kezelend . A vásárló a hulladékká vált készüléket köteles a kijelölt gy jt helyre szállítani az elektromos és elektronikai készülékek újrahasznosítása céljából.

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    Italian notice Smaltimento delle apparecchiature da parte di privati nel territorio dell'Unione Europea Questo simbolo presente sul prodotto o sulla sua confezione indica che il prodotto non può essere smaltito insieme ai rifiuti domestici. È responsabilità dell'utente smaltire le apparecchiature consegnandole presso un punto di raccolta designato al riciclo e allo smaltimento di apparecchiature elettriche ed elettroniche.

  • Page 47: Lithuanian Notice

    Lithuanian notice Polish notice Pozbywanie si zu ytego sprz tu przez u ytkowników w prywatnych gospodarstwach domowych w Unii Europejskiej Ten symbol na produkcie lub jego opakowaniu oznacza, e produktu nie wolno wyrzuca do zwyk ych pojemników na mieci. Obowi zkiem u ytkownika jest przekazanie zu ytego sprz tu do wyznaczonego punktu zbiórki w celu recyklingu odpadów powsta ych ze sprz tu elektrycznego i elektronicznego.

  • Page 48: Slovakian Notice

    Slovakian notice Slovenian notice Spanish notice Eliminación de residuos de equipos eléctricos y electrónicos por parte de usuarios particulares en la Unión Europea Este símbolo en el producto o en su envase indica que no debe eliminarse junto con los desperdicios generales de la casa. Es responsabilidad del usuario eliminar los residuos de este tipo depositándolos en un "punto limpio"...

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    Swedish notice Bortskaffande av avfallsprodukter från användare i privathushåll inom Europeiska Unionen Om den här symbolen visas på produkten eller förpackningen betyder det att produkten inte får slängas på samma ställe som hushållssopor. I stället är det ditt ansvar att bortskaffa avfallet genom att överlämna det till ett uppsamlingsställe avsett för återvinning av avfall från elektriska och elektroniska produkter.

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    Regulatory compliance and safety...

  • Page 51: B Electrostatic Discharge

    B Electrostatic discharge This appendix provides the following information: • How to prevent electrostatic discharge • Grounding methods How to prevent electrostatic discharge To prevent damage to the system, you must follow certain precautions when setting up the system or handling parts.

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    Electrostatic discharge...

  • Page 53: C Switch Technical Specifications

    C Switch technical specifications This appendix provides the following information: • General specifications • Weight and physical dimensions • Environmental requirements • Supported HBAs • Supported SFPs General specifications Table 13 lists general specifications for the Cisco MDS 9124e Switch. Table 13 General specifications Specification...

  • Page 54: Weight And Physical Dimensions

    Specification Description EMC immunity • IEC 61000-4-2 Severity Level 3 for Electrostatic Discharge • IEC 61000-4-3 Severity Level 3 for Radiated Fields • IEC 61000-4-4 Severity Level 3 for Fast Transients • IEC 61000-4-5 Severity Level 3 for Surge Voltage •...

  • Page 55: Environmental Requirements

    Environmental requirements To ensure proper operation, the switch must not be subjected to environmental conditions beyond those for which it was tested. The ranges specified in Table 16 list the acceptable environment for both operating and non-operating conditions. Table 15 Environmental requirements Condition Acceptable range during operation...

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    Switch technical specifications...

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    Glossary This glossary defines terms used in this guide or related to this product. It is not a comprehensive glossary of computer terms. EE_Credit AL_PA Arbitrated loop physical address. A unique 8-bit value assigned during loop initialization to a port in an arbitrated loop. See also non-participating mode.

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    defined zone The set of all zone objects defined in the fabric. May include multiple zone configuration configurations. See also zone, zone configuration. directory service See SNS. Dynamic load sharing. Dynamic distribution of traffic over available paths. Allows for recomputing of routes when an Fx_Port or E_Port changes status. domain ID Unique identifier used in routing frames for all switches in a fabric.

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    Fibre Channel The primary protocol for building SANs to transmit data between servers, switches, and storage devices. Unlike IP and Ethernet, Fibre Channel is designed to support the needs of storage devices of all types. It is a high-speed, serial, bidirectional, topology-independent protocol, and is a highly scalable interconnection between computers, peripherals, and networks.

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    L_Port Loop port. A node port (NL_Port) or fabric port (FL_Port) that has arbitrated loop capabilities. An L_Port can be in one of two modes: • Fabric mode: Connected to a port that is not loop capable and is using fabric protocol.

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    node An FC device that contains an N_Port or NL_Port. non-participating A mode in which an L_Port in a loop is inactive and cannot arbitrate or send frames, mode but can retransmit any received transmissions. This mode is entered if there are more than 127 devices in a loop and an AL_PA cannot be acquired.

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    R_A_TOV Resource allocation time-out value. The maximum time a frame can be delayed in the fabric and still be delivered. RAID Redundant Array of Independent Disks. A collection of disk drives that appear as a single volume to the server and are fault tolerant through mirroring or parity checking. request rate The rate at which requests arrive at a servicing entity.

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    topology With respect to FC, the configuration of the FC network and the resulting communication paths allowed. There are three possible topologies: • Point-to-point: A direct link between two communication ports • Switched fabric: Multiple N_Ports linked to a switch by F_Ports •...

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    Index indicators licenses admin password base recovery full audience verifying long wavelength boot specifications management Fabric Manager command line interface managerment conventions document text symbols password recovery port channel document ports conventions external internal 11, switch, port side types environmental requirements POST specifications Ethernet connection powering off and on...

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    maintenance management replacement setting the date and time setting the IP address symbols in text text symbols Index...

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    Cisco MDS 9124e Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem...

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