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HP A7533A - Brocade 4Gb SAN Switch Base Release Note

Hp storageworks fabric os 6.1.2b release notes (5697-0125, august 2009).
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HP StorageWorks Fabric OS 6.1.2b
Part number: 5697-0125
Eighth edition: August 2009

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  • Page 1: Release Notes

    HP StorageWorks Fabric OS 6.1.2b release notes Part number: 5697-0125 Eighth edition: August 2009...

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    Legal and notice information © Copyright 2008-2009 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. © Copyright 2008-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Incorporated...

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    Version 6.1.2b NOTE: This software conforms to the Fibre Channel (FC) standards and accepted engineering practices and procedures. Supersedes Fabric OS 6.1.2a, released June 2009 Effective date August 2009 Description Fabric OS 6.1.0a integrated many new features that carry forward to 6.1.2b, including: •...

  • Page 4: Access Gateway

    Fabric OS 6.1.1x integrated EGM license support used with Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) management software. New feature summaries This section lists features and improvements introduced with Fabric OS 6.1.x and carried forward to 6.1.2b. Enhanced connectivity with McDATA products McDATA connectivity enhancements include: M-EOS Native Fabric mode support—HP supports interopmode 2 on Fabric OS 6.1.2x on the •...

  • Page 5: Port Mirroring, Buffer Credit Recovery, Port Fencing

    Port mirroring Fabric OS 6.1.0a added support for port mirroring to 8-Gb ports. Port mirroring mirrors traffic in both directions between a source and destination ID pair to a single mirror port. The user can connect an FC analyzer to this mirror port to capture all mirrored traffic and perform troubleshooting or analysis.

  • Page 6: New Hardware Support

    Update recommendations NOTE: With the introduction of Fabric OS 6.1.1, certain features and functions were removed from WebTools (resident in the firmware) and migrated to the DCFM management application. HP recommends that before you upgrade to 6.1.1x or later, if DCFM is not running on your fabric, you review Web tools functionality moved to DCFM and take note of what has changed so you can assess the impact to...

  • Page 7: Operating Systems

    • HP StorageWorks 16 Port 4-Gb SAN Director Blade (FC4-16) • HP StorageWorks 32 Port 4-Gb SAN Director Blade (FC4-32) • HP StorageWorks 48 Port 4-Gb SAN Director Blade (FC4-48) • HP StorageWorks Multi-protocol Router Blade (FR4-18i) • HP StorageWorks B-series iSCSI Director Blade (FC4-16IP) compatible with the 4/256 SAN Dir- ector model only (not supported in the DC SAN Director) •...

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    Access Gateway support Access Gateway is supported with the following HP products only: • Brocade 4-Gb SAN Switch for HP p-Class BladeSystem (Brocade 4012) • Brocade 4-Gb SAN Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem (Brocade 4024) • HP StorageWorks 4/16 SAN Switch (Brocade 200E) •...

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    • Cisco switches: MDS 9216, MDS 9216A, MDS 9506, and MDS 9509 running SAN OS 3.0(2a) with Brocade Fabric OS 6.1.x Secure Fabric OS feature not compatible with Fabric OS 6.x and later Fabric OS 5.3.x is the last Fabric OS version compatible with SFOS. However, all of the security features of SFOS have been fully integrated into the base Fabric OS, starting with Fabric OS 5.3.x.

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    Fabric OS features (supported in interopmode 0) Fabric OS 6.1.2b L2 Fabric Binding DCC Policies SCC Policies E/EX_Port Authentication ISL Trunking (frame level) Dynamic Path Selection (DPS, exchange-based routing) Dynamic Load Sharing (DLS, port-based routing) Virtual Channels (VC RDY) FICON Management Server (Cascading) FICON MIHPTO Full Scalability (to maximum M-EOS fabric limits) Adaptive Networking: Quality of Service (QoS)

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    Fabric OS features (supported in interopmode 0) Fabric OS 6.1.2b Platform Service FCIP (VE_Ports) IPFC (IP over FC) M-EOS ALPA 0x13 configuration VE_Port to VEX_Port Integrated Routing Domain Offset Support 239 Domain Support Masterless F_Port Trunking (AG connect to Fabric OS switched only) FC10-6 to FC10-6 ISL RASLog Events on Duplicate WWNs Feature requires M-EOS 9.7 or later.

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    IMPORTANT: The Fabric OS versions listed in the Earliest compatible version column in Table 2 are the earliest versions supported by HP at the time of the Fabric OS 6.1.2b release. Table 2 Supported Fabric OS versions Model Earliest compatible ver- Recommended version sion HP StorageWorks 1-Gb Switch...

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    Model Earliest compatible ver- Recommended version sion HP StorageWorks SAN Director 16 Port 8-Gb FC 6.1.0d 6.1.2b blade (FC8-16) HP StorageWorks SAN Director 32 Port 8-Gb FC 6.1.0d 6.1.2b blade (FC8-32) HP StorageWorks SAN Director 48 Port 8-Gb FC 6.1.0d 6.1.2b blade (FC8-48) HP StorageWorks SAN Director 6 Port 10-Gb ISL...

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    DC SAN Director blade support Fabric OS 6.1.2b is fully qualified and supports the DC SAN Director blades listed in Table Table 4 DC SAN Director blade support matrix Director blade Number of blades FC8-16 Supported with Fabric OS 6.0.0b and later with any mix and up to eight blades of each type.

  • Page 15: Important Notes

    Fibre Channel routing scalability For the latest FCR scalability support information, see the HP StorageWorks SAN design reference guide, available at http://www.hp.com/go/sandesignguide. Firmware upgrade instructions IMPORTANT: If your plan is to remain on the 6.1.x firmware stream, HP strongly recommends that you upgrade to Fabric OS 6.1.2b as soon as possible.

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    Topic Description HP StorageWorks B-series The FR4-18i ships with Fabric OS 6.x. If inserted in a chassis running a version MP Router Blade (FR4- of firmware that is different than the version currently on the blade, the blade 18i) firmware will be upgraded or downgraded to match the version on the chassis. FICON support The FC4-48 and FC8-48 port blades are not supported to connect to System z environments via FICON channels or via FCP zLinux on System z.

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    Topic Description Port fencing The default settings for port fencing reflect very low thresholds and may cause fence ports to experience errors. HP recommends increasing these threshold values for use in production environments. Different platforms may require different threshold settings for optimum behavior. When port fencing is enabled for ITW or CRC errors, the first set of errors detected on an active link that meet the custom high-threshold level set by the user (or the default threshold level) is always ignored to account for expected link transition...

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    Topic Description Extended fabrics and Starting with Fabric OS 5.1, the Extended Fabrics feature is supported in R_RDY flow control conjunction with R_RDY flow control. R_RDY flow control mode can be enabled using the portcfgislmode command. R_RDY flow control mode that uses IDLE primitives does not support HP frame-based trunking for devices such as Time Division Multiplexor (TDM).

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    • Provides additional information on a faulty port in Fabric Watch to aid in troubleshooting. • Enables use of passive FTP to download firmware. • Enables the user to specify a quality password policy that prevents the selection of passwords with consecutive, identical characters.

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    Function WebTools 6.1.0 DCFM Comments Fabric summary Reports > Fabric summary Monitor > Reports > Fabric Summary report FCIP tunnel configuration Port Admin Module > Configure > FCIP tunnel Viewing FCIP tun- GigE tab nels is still suppor- ted in WebTools 6.1.1, but New, Edit Config, and Delete are avail-...

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    Closed defect summary Solution Internal server ports on an embedded platform; traffic may stop due Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1 to loss of buffer credit. Mixed fabric of McDATA and Brocade switches cannot be managed Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1 if only IPv6 addressing is supported.

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    Closed defect summary Solution Invalid Tx/Rx rate can be computed if a polling cycle takes place when Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1 a domain name has not been assigned. An EZ Switch Manager validation error occurs on existing zones due Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1 to devices of type initiator+target or unknown being treated like stor- age.

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    Fabric OS 6.1.1b fixes Table 10 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.1b firmware release. Table 10 Fabric OS 6.1.1b closed defects Closed defect summary Solution audicfg is not persistent through hareboot. Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1b HP 4/32B SAN Switch experienced an out-of-memory condition oper- Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1b ating in a fabric with a McDATA 2640 SAN router.

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    Closed defect summary Solution Panic occurs with switch in Access Gateway mode when N_Port to Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1c F_Port trunking is enabled. Unexpected return code from FastWrite and Tape Pipelining causes Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1c GE_Port traffic interrupt. When first upgrading a newly installed Fabric OS 6.0.x director to Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1c Fabric OS 6.1.x, there is a very small window during which 8-Gb...

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    Fabric OS 6.1.2 fixes Table 13 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.2 firmware release. Table 13 Fabric OS 6.1.2 closed defects Closed defect summary Solution Host channel unable to access the CUP, even though path had just Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.2 been established.

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    Cold panic occurs due to race condition when multiple requests are being issued throughout the fabric. Restarts with no impact to Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.2 host/target traffic. Enhancements needed to supportsave to provide additional Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.2 troubleshooting information.

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    Very rare occurrence of a switch panic when supportsave reads Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.2 invalid data on G_Ports without FC FastWrite enabled. Workaround: Make sure that both After upgrading one CP from Fabric OS 5.1x to 5.3x, if the other CP CPs are upgraded together.

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    Fabric OS 6.1.2a fixes Table 14 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.2a firmware release. Table 14 Fabric OS 6.1.2a closed defects Closed defect summary Solution Name Server daemon (nsd) panic occurs after enabling frame redir- Workaround prior to upgrade: Delay ection with redirection (RD) zone present in the fabric.

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    Fabric OS 6.1.2b fixes Table 15 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.2b firmware release. Table 15 Fabric OS 6.1.2b closed defects Closed defect summary Solution Workaround prior to upgrade: Run CALD-allocated shared memory may not be released, causing the hafailover.

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