Configuring and Managing VSANs
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VSANs have the following attributes:
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VSAN ID—The VSAN ID identifies the VSAN as the default VSAN (VSAN 1), user-defined
VSANs (VSAN 2 to 4093), and the isolated VSAN (VSAN 4094).
State—The administrative state of a VSAN can be configured to an active (default) or suspended
state. Once VSANs are created, they may exist in various conditions or states.
The active state of a VSAN indicates that the VSAN is configured and enabled. By enabling a
VSAN, you activate the services for that VSAN.
The suspended state of a VSAN indicates that the VSAN is configured but not enabled. If a port
is configured in this VSAN, it is disabled. Use this state to deactivate a VSAN without losing
the VSAN's configuration. All ports in a suspended VSAN are disabled. By suspending a
VSAN, you can preconfigure all the VSAN parameters for the whole fabric and activate the
VSAN name—This text string identifies the VSAN for management purposes. The name can be
from 1 to 32 characters long and it must be unique across all VSANs. By default, the VSAN name
is a concatenation of VSAN and a four-digit string representing the VSAN ID. For example, the
default name for VSAN 3 is VSAN0003.
A VSAN name must be unique.
Load balancing attributes—These attributes indicate the use of the source-destination ID (src-dst-id)
or the originator exchange OX ID (src-dst-ox-id, the default) for load balancing path selection.
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