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HP A7533A - Brocade 4Gb SAN Switch Base Release Note

Hp storageworks fabric os 6.1.1b release notes (5697-7838, march 2009).
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HP StorageWorks Fabric OS 6.1.1b
release notes
Part number: 5697-7838
Fourth edition: March 2009


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  • Page 1: Release Notes

    HP StorageWorks Fabric OS 6.1.1b release notes Part number: 5697-7838 Fourth edition: March 2009...

  • Page 2

    Legal and notice information © Copyright 2008-2009 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. © Copyright 2008-2009 Brocade Communications Systems, Incorporated Confidential computer software. Valid license from HP required for possession, use or copying. Consistent with FAR 12.211 and 12.212, Commercial Computer Software, Computer Software Documentation, and Technical Data for Commercial Items are licensed to the U.S.

  • Page 3

    Version 6.1.1b NOTE: This software conforms to the Fibre Channel standards and to accepted engineering practices and procedures. Effective date March 2009 Description Fabric OS 6.1.0a integrated many new features, including: • Enhanced connectivity with M-Series products • Support for native connectivity modes on all 8-Gb blades and platforms •...

  • Page 4: New Hardware Support

    Update recommendations NOTE: With the introduction of Fabric OS 6.1.1, certain features/functions were removed from Web Tools (resident in the firmware) and migrated into the Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) management application. It is therefore recommended that before you upgrade to 6.1.1x or later, if DCFM is not running on your fabric, you review the Web tools functionality moved to DCFM section in these release...

  • Page 5

    • HP StorageWorks 4/8 SAN Switch and 4/16 SAN Switch (Brocade 200E) • HP StorageWorks 4/64 SAN Switch (Brocade 4900) • HP StorageWorks 400 Multi-protocol Router (Brocade 7500) • HP StorageWorks 16 Port 4-Gb Blade (FC4-16) • HP StorageWorks 32 Port 4-Gb Blade (FC4-32) •...

  • Page 6: Operating Systems

    Unsupported product models The following product models cannot be upgraded to Fabric OS 6.1.x or later: • HP StorageWorks Core Switch 2/64, which operates with Fabric OS 5.0.x (Brocade 12000 Director) • HP StorageWorks SAN Director 2/128 (Brocade 24000 Director) •...

  • Page 7

    IMPORTANT: Although the HP StorageWorks 4/8 SAN Switch uses the same hardware as the 4/16 SAN Switch, it does not support Access Gateway. Also, Access Gateway mode is not supported with the Brocade 4-Gb SAN Switch for HP p-Class BladeSystem (Brocade 4012) if any half-height BladeServers (BL3xp) are configured in the same sleeve in the p-Class enclosure.

  • Page 8: Access Gateway

    New feature summaries This section lists features and improvements initially introduced with Fabric OS 6.1.x, and carried forward to 6.1.1b. Enhanced connectivity with McDATA products McDATA connectivity enhancements include: • M-EOS Native Fabric Mode support—HP supports interopmode 2 on Fabric OS 6.1.x on the 4/256 SAN Director and DC SAN Backbone Director.

  • Page 9: Port Mirroring

    Port Mirroring Fabric OS 6.1.0a adds 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. Buffer credit recovery Fabric OS 6.1.x implements the credit recovery protocol, described in FC-FS standards.

  • Page 10

    Secure Fabric OS feature not compatible with Fabric OS 6.x and later Fabric OS 5.3.x is the last Fabric OS version which was 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.

  • Page 11

    Fabric OS feature compatibility in native connectivity modes Some Fabric OS features are not fully supported when operating in the native connectivity modes for deployment with M-EOS-based products. All HP StorageWorks models that are supported by Fabric OS 6.1.1b support both interopmodes 2 and 3, with the exception of the HP StorageWorks 4/32 SAN Switch.

  • Page 12

    APM: TopTalkers Admin Domains/Virtual Fabrics Secure Fabric OS Fabric Watch Ports on Demand (POD) NPIV Timer Server Function (NTP) Open E_Port Broadcast Zoning FDMI Remote Switch Port Mirroring (8–Gb port mirroring supported in Fabric OS 6.1 and later) Extended Fabrics Alias Server Platform Service FCIP (VE_Ports)

  • Page 13

    Not supported in Fabric OS 6.0 and later. Mode 3 qualified only with M-EOS switches. Not on FCR. Supported locally only within the Fabric OS switch. NOTE: FICON Cascaded CUP is qualified only on select platforms. Prerequisites Table 2 lists the supported Fabric OS firmware versions. HP recommends using the latest supported firmware release versions to get the greatest benefit from the SAN.

  • Page 14

    Table 2 Supported Fabric OS versions Model Earliest compatible version Recommended version Not supported, end of sup- HP StorageWorks 1-Gb Switch port (December 2007) HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/8 EL HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/16 3.2.1b 3.2.1c MSA SAN Switch 2/8 HP StorageWorks Core Switch 2/64 5.0.5e 5.0.5f...

  • Page 15

    Data Center Fabric Manager 10.0.2 10.0.2 Software supported Table 3 shows the earliest supported software versions in this release that interoperate. Table 3 Earliest software versions supported in this relase Supported products and Fabric OS interoperability Versons Not supported. End of support HP StorageWorks SAN Switches 8, 16, 8–EL, 16–EL December 2007.

  • Page 16

    When routing to an M-EOS edge fabric using frame redirection, the M-EOS fabric must have a Fabric OS-based product to configure the frame redirection zone information in the edge fabric. HP recommends that M-EOS products operate with the most recent version of M-EOS released and supported for interoperability.

  • Page 17

    Power supply requirements for Director blades Table 6 lists power supply requirements for Director blades to provide full redundancy (220 VAC power is assumed). IMPORTANT: Director blades must meet minimum Fabric OS levels to operate in the Director chassis. For example, the FC8-32 is not supported in the 4/256 SAN Director with Fabric OS 6.0.x.

  • Page 18

    User Storage, select Storage Networking. Select the link for the appropriate switch, select your product, and then select Cross operating system (BIOS, firmware, Diagnositcs, etc.) Select Firmware (HP StorageWorks Fabric OS release notes 13). Select V6.x Firmware for HP StorageWorks B-Series Fibre Channel Switches for 6.1.1b: •...

  • Page 19: Important Notes

    Important notes Table 7 provides information you should know before upgrading to Fabric OS 6.1.0a or later. Table 7 Fabric OS 6.1.0a release information Topic Description Starting with Fabric OS version 6.x, the only supported PID format is PID format core pid (1).

  • Page 20

    Topic Description All switches and Fibre Channel routers, in both edge and backbone fabrics, must be running Fabric OS 6.1.0a or later to support this feature. Traffic isolation over FCR The failover policy must be enabled in all edge fabrics that are part of the traffic isolation zones for the proper functioning of traffic isolation over FCR.

  • Page 21

    The HP 8/40 SAN Switch does not support Hot Code Load from Fabric OS 6.1.0 to 6.1.1b in a dual backbone configuration with a routed connection to an M-EOS Integrated routing product. When using the FCS automatic distribution feature in Fabric OS 6.0 or later, all switches in the fabric must be running Fabric OS 6.0 or later.

  • Page 22: Web Tools Functionality Moved To Dcfm

    • High availability failover and user notification occur on the 4/256 SAN Director when there is a failed Ethernet chip (Oscillator chip). • Advanced Zoning with Web Tools licenses are no longer necessary, starting wit Fabric OS 6.1.x. These features are automatically enabled on all products running Fabric OS 6.1.x or later. Web Tools functionality Moved to DCFM The functionality that was moved from Web tools in 6.1.1 to DCFM is applicable to both DCFM Professional and DCFM Enterprise.

  • Page 23

    Viewing FCIP tun- nels is still suppor- ted in Web Tools Port Admin Module > 6.1.1, but New, FCIP tunnel configuration Configure > FCIP tunnel GigE tab Edit Config, and Delete are avail- able only in DCFM. Port Admin Module > GigE ports interface Configure >...

  • Page 24

    Fabric OS 6.1.1 fixes Table 10 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.1 firmware release. Table 10 Fabric OS 6.1.1 closed defects Closed defect summary Solution During storage failover/failback test, traffic stops and fails to recover Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1. in single and dual backbone configurations.

  • Page 25

    The aaaconfig command online help text needs to be corrected to Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1. clearly indicate LDAP cannot be configured while FIPS is enabled. FR-18i faulted after overnight stress testing. Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1. A TI zone with an invalid (too high) port number can cause a kernel Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1.

  • Page 26

    Fabric OS 6.1.1a fixes Table 11 lists defects closed in the Fabric OS 6.1.1a firmware release. Table 11 Fabric OS 6.1.1a closed defects Closed defect summary Solution The tag field of the node identifier command returned, contains the port number on which the command was received, instead of the tag Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1a.

  • Page 27

    Port RSCNs are sent to DPC (VIs and VTs) whenever the configuration changes, which is unrelated to VI/VT. This affects any application that Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1b uses frame redirect zoning. Fixed in Fabric OS 6.1.1b With both RD and TI zones configured, a connectivity issue can occur Workaround: Run cfgdisable and after hafailover and hareboot.

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