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SAN Device Virtualization
This chapter describes how to configure virtual devices to represent physical end devices for switches
running Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.1(2) and later.
Cisco SAN device virtualization (SDV) is a licensed feature included in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family
Enterprise package (ENTERPRISE_PKG). See
details about acquiring licenses.
This chapter includes the following sections:
As of Cisco SAN-OS Release 3.1(2) and later, you can use Cisco SDV to create virtual devices that
represent physical end-devices. Virtualization of SAN devices accelerates swapout or failover to a
replacement disk array, and it also minimizes downtime when replacing host bus adapters (HBAs) or
when re-hosting an application on a different server.
SAN devices that are virtualized can be either initiators or targets. You can virtualize targets to create a
virtual target, and also virtualize initiators to create a virtual initiator. Such configurations do not
distinguish between virtual initiators and virtual targets (see
OL-16184-01, Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.x
About SDV, page 20-1
Configuring SDV, page 20-4
SDV Requirements and Guidelines, page 20-9
SDV Configuration Example, page 20-12
Displaying SDV Information, page 20-14
Default Settings, page 20-14
C H A P T E R
Chapter 3, "Obtaining and Installing Licenses,"
Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide