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Fabric interoperability: merging fabrics based on c-series and b-series fibre channel switches application notes.
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Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics
based on C-series and B-series Fibre
Channel switches application notes
Abstract
This document is intended for customers who are merging one SAN fabric constructed with C-series SAN switches
and another fabric constructed with B-series SAN switches.
Part number: AA-RV1ZP-TE
Fourteenth edition: May 2009

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    C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches application notes Abstract This document is intended for customers who are merging one SAN fabric constructed with C-series SAN switches and another fabric constructed with B-series SAN switches. Part number: AA-RV1ZP-TE Fourteenth edition: May 2009...

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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Introduction This document discusses the details on merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches into a single, standards-based, interoperable fabric. This document also provides information • Supported configurations • Expected behavior • Exceptions in the interoperability mode.

  • Page 4: Step 1: Verify Switch Firmware Versions

    The following steps provide information about verifying and configuring B-series switches for interoperability with a C-series SAN fabric. Although Fabric Manager, the embedded Web Tools, or the CLI (through Telnet) can be used to configure the switches, the following steps use CLI.

  • Page 5: Step 3: Disable Management Server, Step 4: Verify And Configure Fabric Operating Mode

    (4). Step 4: Verify and configure fabric operating mode For B-series switches the interopmode 1 must be enabled before merging with C-series switches. This command enables interopmode on individual switches only and therefore, must be executed on each B-series switch in the fabric.

  • Page 6: Step 5: Verify Zoning Configuration

    C-series configuration steps This section provides information about how to configure C-series switches for interoperability. Although you can use either the Fabric Manager or the CLI, the following steps use CLI (Telnet). Step 1: Verify switch firmware versions...

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    <5000-100000> R_A_TOV in milliseconds(5000-100000) Step 3: Verify the fabric operating mode To enable interoperability mode on C-series switches, you must place the VSAN of the E_Ports that connect to the B-series in interoperability mode. MDS9509# config t MDS9509(config)# vsan database...

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    In the MDS the default is to request an ID from the principal switch. If the preferred keyword is used, the MDS requests a specific ID, but still join the fabric if the principal switch assigns a different ID.

  • Page 9: Merging Fabrics And Verification

    E_Ports from both sides can be connected to merge them. The interop fabric reconfigures and merges into a single fabric. To verify the fabric has merged properly, run the following commands on both the B-series and C-series switches and ensure they are no segmentations or other errors.

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    Be sure to plan accordingly when changing the domain ID. • Non-Disruptive: This event is limited to the VSAN on C-series where the change is taking place. The MDS switch can perform this action, as the domain manager process for this VSAN is re- started and not the entire switch.

  • Page 11: Interoperability Mode Behavior Summary By Switch Type

    Port-channels and TE ports Zones and zone sets Fabric Manager and Element Manager Security Device support Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches applic- 1.2.1(a) B-series, see Table 2 Only VSANs explicitly set for interop mode are affected.

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    • Trunking between B-series is not supported. Merging zones-examples This example depicts the creation of three zones (vz1, vz2, and vz3) on one of the C-series switches; and then the verification that these zones propagate to all the C-series and B-series switches in the interoperating fabric.

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    * fcid 0x6105e4 [pwwn 21:00:00:20:37:28:26:0d] zone name $default_zone$ vsan 1 You can view the same information from other C-series switches that are connected in the same fabric. B-series switches Use Telnet on B-series switches to verify that the zoning information has propagated properly. On B-series you will see the active configuration as well as any defined configurations that are not part of active configuration.

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    The first step is to clear the zoning configuration. If the switch is part of the fabric, all switches will have no zoning in effect after the cfgClear command is issued.

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    The new configuration is effective and defined. Verify the other switches in the fabric. C-series switches For C-series switches, use the show zoneset active command: Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches applic- ation notes...

  • Page 16: Supported Configuration Rules And Guidelines

    If you notice longer fabric reconfiguration times, select one of the B-series switches as the principal switch. • If SAN boot is required and the HBA is connected to a B-series switch, lock the switch port as a G_Port using the portcfggport command. This prevents the HBA from appearing in loop topo- logy.

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    Brocade AG interoperability with Cisco is supported with Emulex HBAs only (no QLogic HBA support). • Continuous Access EVA and Continuous Access XP storage systems are supported in a C-series and B-series interoperable heterogeneous switch fabric configurations. See EVA and XP firmware versions.

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    HP StorageWorks switch name HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/8 EL, 2/8 power pack HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/16, 2/16 EL, 2/16 power pack HP StorageWorks SAN Switch 2/8V TAA, 2/8V TAA power pack, 2/16V, 2/16V TAA, 2/16N FF, 2/16N TAA power pack, 2/32, 2/32 power pack...

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    HP Surestore FC 1Gb/2Gb Switch 8B HP Surestore FC Compaq StorageWorks 1Gb/2Gb Switch 16B SAN Switch 2/16 Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches applic- Firmware version Number of ports 2.6.1c 2.6.2b 32 (counts as 6 switches...

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    Switch name MDS 9513 MDS 9506 MDS 9509 MDS 9216 MDS 9216A MDS 9216i MDS 9120 MDS 9140 MDS 9124 MDS 9124e MDS 9134 MDS 9222i Firmware version 2.1(2d) 3.0(2a) 3.0(3) 3.1(2a) Up to 62 (48+14) FC ports and 3.1(3) 3.1.(3a)

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    Table 5 Supported storage system versions Storage system EMA/ESA12000 EMA16000 MA/RA8000 MA6000 EVA3000/5000 EVA4x00/6x00/8x00 XP1024 XP12000 Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches applic- Multipath software QLA 2342, Secure Path 4.0c LP8000 Secure Path 4.0c LP952 Auto Path 2.01.02 A6795A...

  • Page 22: Troubleshooting, Related Information

    Table 6 HP p-Class BladeSystem support HP p-Class BladeSystem Operating system Microsoft Windows 2003 Windows 2000 Red Hat Enterprise BL20p Linux 3 and 4 (X86) SLES 8 (X86) SLES 9 (X86) BL60p HP-UX 11i Table 7 HP c-Class BladeSystem support...

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    HP StorageWorks Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on M-series and C-series Fibre • Channel switches Additional documentation, including white papers and best practices documents, are available on the HP website: http://www.hp.com. Fabric interoperability: Merging fabrics based on C-series and B-series Fibre Channel switches applic- ation notes...

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