Hardware-enforced overlapping zones
Any zone using a mixed zoning scheme on the Fabric OS 2-Gb/s platform relies on name server
authentication as well as hardware-assisted (ASIC) authentication. Hardware-assisted authentication
ensures that any PLOGI, ADISC, PDISC, or ACC from an unauthorized device is rejected if that device is
attempting to access a device that is not in the same zone. Fabric OS 2-Gb/s switches always deploy the
hardware assist, in any zone configuration (see
Zoning with hardware assist (mixed-port and WWN zones)
Session-based hard zoning
30, only the overlapping ports are software-enforced with hardware assist.
Identifying the enforced zone type
Connect to the switch and log in as admin.
240 Administering advanced zoning
on page 240).