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I have a v3200 with a 4 port FC expansion card. I am trying to switch one (or all, doesn't matter) of those ports from target to initiator. When I execute fcadmin config, I get:

Adapter Type      State                  Status
0c   target     CONFIGURED             online
0d   target     CONFIGURED             online

Those are only the onboard ports, and I can't find a way to make it show me the ports on the card (4a, 4b, 4c, and 4d). I'm running 8.0 in 7 mode, and the manual claims (page 22) to support a combination of initiator and target ports on my card.

edit: here is what happens when I try.

nas> fcadmin config -t initiator 4b
Error: adapter 4b is not configurable
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According to THIS, "If you are installing target expansion adapters, or if you exceed the allowed number of adapter ports, you must set the onboard adapters to unconfigured before installing the expansion adapters". I know this is for targets but I'm slightly worried it may apply for initiators too.

EDIT - this is cheating a bit but never mind.

If you do a 'sysconfig -ca' it'll list the cards inside the machine, in your case we get 'sysconfig: slot 4 OK: X2054A: QLogic ISP 2432; PCI-E quad-port Fibre Channel (QLE2464)' and that particular card cannot be 'switched' from one mode to another. It's a bit poor from a NetApp perspective if you ask me, it's just an FC port after all, but they do make quite a lot of profit from this sort of thing so there you go.

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I am starting to suspect that the card is hard-coded to be a target. Do you know of a way to check that? – Basil Aug 3 '12 at 18:55
My NetApp guys aren't around now (8pm here) but I have a horrid feeling only the internal ports can be initiators - which would be nasty... I'll ask them on Monday. – Chopper3 Aug 3 '12 at 19:02
Thanks Chopper! – Basil Aug 3 '12 at 19:02
Been doing more digging. The fcadmin command should work but the card MUST be offline first. If the ‘fcadmin –d adapter_name’ command won’t take it offline then you can sometimes force it offline by un-plugging the cable, alternatively you can change it with the filer in maintenance mode. Oh and the cards that support dual-modes are X2053A, X2055A, SP-2053A andSP-2055A. – Chopper3 Aug 8 '12 at 8:42

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