Configuring and Managing Zones
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Of course, there are other ways to partition this fabric into zones.
possibility. Assume that there is a need to isolate storage system S2 for the purpose of testing new
software. To achieve this, zone 3 is configured, which contains only host H2 and storage S2. You can
restrict access to just H2 and S2 in zone 3, and to H1 and S1 in zone 1.
All switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family automatically support the following basic zone features (no
additional configuration is required):
OL-16184-01, Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.x
Fabric with Two Zones
Fabric with Three Zones
Zones are contained in a VSAN.
Hard zoning cannot be disabled.
Name server queries are soft-zoned.
Only active zone sets are distributed.
Unzoned devices cannot access each other.
A zone or zone set with the same name can exist in each VSAN.
Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide