Fibre-channel is a communications protocol widely used in storage networks. It's most widely deployed in enterprise SAN environments, where large amounts of storage need to be shared amongst a number of different hosts, potentially over longer distances. The protocol is primarily used over fibre ...

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Fibre channel long distance woes

I need a fresh pair of eyes. We're using a 15km fibre optic line across which fibrechannel and 10GbE is multiplexed (passive optical CWDM). For FC we have long distance lasers suitable up to 40km (...
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How Fibre Channel Frames are populated and traverse a Fabric?

Trying to wrap my head around how Fibre Channel Frames are actually populated and sent through a switched fabric. I Understand WWNN WWPN, WWNN is a WWN of the actual HBA, and WWPN are the WWN of the ...
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Fibre Channel Link Aggregation

quick question. Is there a Port-Channel/EtherChannel Link Aggregation equivalent for Fibre Channel? Is it possible to aggregate FC Links for High Availability? For instance if I have two Fabrics and I ...
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Demystifying HP VC-FC 4Gb Module on c7000 Chassis

has anyone used the HP VC-FC 4Gb Modules before in a c7000? If so could you help me understand the "Connect To" column? It shows a WWPN, but when looking at our FC switch it is connected to I don't ...
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What is a proper procedure for unplugging fiber chanel from ESXi

In my DC admins have to unplug my FC connection from ESXi5 (from EMC VNX) (temporary, some maintance works). I have never done that before and have some doubt about my own procedure... My first ...
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VMWare ESX and guest settings for Netapp cluster failover

If I'm running VMWare 5.x on FC [edit] LUNs presented from a Netapp running ontap 8.x in 7 mode, what steps should I take to ensure that the VMs can withstand a worst possible case cluster node ...
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Multi Port Fibre Channel Target with qlogic qle2462 to increase speed

I have a server running Nexenta with a QLogic QLE2460 in target mode. This works great. My problem is that with that I only get 1 port worth of speed (4gbps) to my switch. How can I increase the ...
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How do you remove attached FC LUNS from CentOS 6?

We have a Qlogic QLE2560 HBA running on a Centos 6 server. I am needing to remove the attached LUNS remotely. I do not have any software from qlogic installed on the device. Their are 2 LUNS ...
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Is it possible to connect a FC HBA 8 Gb through 10 Gb Ethernet SFP+?

I have to connect an IBM Server with a QLogic EP2532 to an IBM DS3512 with a PMC PM8032. I need two 8 Gb FC LX 1310 nm SFP+ modules and since they seem to be hard to get, I thought would it be ...
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Solaris not seeing FC volume

We recently replaced a failed controller in an AL connected RAID. I wasn't the one that replaced the controller, but apparently when the new controller was installed something weird happened with the ...
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How to share Fibre Channel between servers on Windows 2012 STD

I'm new to Fibre Channel so please take that into consideration. We have 3 servers. 2 servers are running Hyper-V and 3rd server was bought to act as a file/backup server for those 2 servers. All ...
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hotplugging drives from a fibre-channel cabin reports wrong size

First thing, we are not even sure this is a udev problem, but we need somewhere to start asking... We have a Hitachi fibre-channel SAN serving volumes to a couple of machines running ubuntu server 12....
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How to configure multipath using Intel X520-SR2 10GB on Oracle Linux 6.2?

I've installed the Intel x520-sr2 Ethernet/Fibre card into a server that has Oracle Linux 6.2 Installed on it. When I boot the server I can go into a QLogic menu (screen has something for Intel on ...
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What does this mean: “SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration”?

Can anyone tell me what this means in ESXi 5.1?: SATP VMW_SATP_LOCAL does not support device configuration I've googled it and I get a lot of results, but as yet all the pages that contain the ...
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Linux Fiber Channel Host Setup Basic

I've been googling for about 4 hours now with no luck. I am trying to setup a Linux server running Oracle Server 6.3 as a Fiber Channel host. And then connect it to a Dell Compellent Fibre Channel ...
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How to get multipath working for Ubuntu Server 12.04

I'm working on a project which aims to make use of Ubuntu servers running on enterprise class hardware. In our case that means IBM HS23E blade servers, QLogic 4GB fibre channel extension cards and ...
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Virtual fiber channel HBA in Solaris

We are trying to set up some virtual Fibre Channel HBA's in Solaris. This seems to be possible with NPIV. Creating NPIV's in a Solaris global zone works fine, but passing that NPIV to a zone didn't ...
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Which protocol do clients use when communicating with servers in a SAN [closed]

I'm trying to wrap my head around how a SAN works and how it is implemented. If I understand this well, clients wanting to access the storage devices in a SAN need to communicate with the servers via ...
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RHEL - blocked FC remote port time out: saving binding

My Server went into a faulty state since the database could not write on the partition. I found out that the partition went into Read Only mode. Finally to fix it, I had to do a hard reboot. Linux 2....
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Looking for OpenFlow capable Converged Switch [closed]

I'm looking for a switch with the following features: has GBit and 10GBit ethernet interfaces has FibreChannel Uplink ports (4 & 8 Gbit) can use OpenFlow to regulate network traffic. Does ...
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Diagnosing SAN connectivity issues (RHEL5)

We are currently utilizing GFS2 to share a SAN LUN between 3 servers. However due to a feature problem with vendor software we are using, we currently have the volume unmounted on two of the boxes, ...
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FCoE, on any Ethernet switch?

I understand the concept of FCoE. I have looked at the Wikipedia page and looking at the layer 2 frame diagram, it looks like FCoE really should "just work" on any Ethernet switch, but is this really ...
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Add Windows Server 2008 MPIO futures to Windows 7 [closed]

I have interest issue. I want to work with SAN storage via two Fibre Chanel with using multypath. And I want to use Windows 7 as workstation. Can i add this futures to Windows 7. And how to do this? ...
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Switch Netapp expansion FC port from target to initiator

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: ...
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Mounting LUN from EMC VNX5300 via FC on Centos 6

On my VMX5300, I have created LUNs, configured hosts etc. Mounting LUNs in my ESXi is very simple, ESXi host discovered new FC device and with a few clicks I was able to mount new FC storage. On ...
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Brocade ISL port monitoring

I have a pair of Brocade switches with ISLs running between them. I'd like to know if it's possible to be alerted when one of the ISL ports goes from an E_PORT to anything else (particularly a U_PORT)....
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FC SAN network high-error rate simulation

Is there a way to simulate a malfunctioning device or a faulty cable in a FC SAN network? edit: I know shutting down a port on a switch is an option, I'd like to simulate high error rates though. In ...
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How to block some disks from probes on Linux boot?

My linux host connected to SAN with FC interface. It connect with one path, and see some luns, that can't access, because they need anohter path, not available to host. On boot linux probe all lun ...
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Fiber Channel Loop vs Point to Point

So, I'm playing with a couple of QLogic QLA2340s connected directly together. I've got options here to either have them act as a loop, or in point to point mode. What's the difference if I'm only ...
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What's Fibre Channel? [closed]

i don't understand if the technology 'fibre channel' is something 'software' or something 'hardware' (fibre optics connection) ? Can i create a fibre-channel san using 'some' pieces of existent ...
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How should I set up my Fibre Channel (FC) network?

How do FC switches work, and how should I configure mine?
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Which events specifically cause Windows 2008 to mark a SAN volume offline?

I am searching for specific criteria/events that will cause Windows 2008 to mark a SAN volume as offline in disk management, even though it is connected to that SAN volume via FC or iSCSI. Microsoft ...
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HBA directly to DAE bypassing SPE

Is it possible to setup a server with a host-based adapter (HBA) directly to a Dell/EMC CX3-40f disk-array enclosure (DAE) which only has fiber connections, taking the storage-processor out of the ...
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Can tgtadm serve up FC targets on Emulex/Qlogic HBAs?

I'm trying to discern if 'tgtadm' can be used with mode 'fc'. All the documentation out there tends to point to iSCSI only, though some spots hint at Qlogic FC HBA target mode integration. Would ...
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CISCO SNMP map port identifier to physical port

Given the identifier (the id from fcsPortPhyPortNum) and/or WWN of a FC switch port, how can I determine the physical location of the port on the switch (i.e., module 2/port 5 or fc2/5) via SNMP?
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CISCO SNMP fcIfFLoginTable oid result

Looking at an SNMP walk over 1.3.6.1.4.1.9.9.289.1.1.5.1.3 (enterprise.cisco.ciscoMgmt.ciscoFcFeMIB.ciscoFcFeObjects.cffFcFeConfig.fcIfFLoginTable.fcIfFLoginEntry.fcIfNxPortNodeName) on a CISCO FC ...
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Can a backup server HBA be zoned into 2 tape drives without confusing applications?

| tape drive 1 | ---- | switch 1 | ---- hba1 | backup server | hba2 ---- | switch 2 | -----| tape drive 2 | Our backup server has 2 FC HBAs. Each is zoned into a different drive on the back of the ...
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I still don't understand FC HBAs and such things [closed]

There is NO documentation out there. The companies don't offer any help on their products, and there aren't text books or anything. I want to set up a storage link between my desktop and my file ...
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What is the maximum number of FC switches in a switched star-topology fabric with a 4-domain fabric license on the hub switch?

I have 2 blade chassis, with 2 built-in fibre-channel switches each. And I inherited a "budget" fibre-channel switch with a 4-domain fabric license. I need a reality check, please: When I connect ...
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Emulex FC HBA not resetting

A Solaris 11 machine with an oldish Emulex HBA seems to have some problems: # dmesg | egrep emlxs Dec 29 15:31:10 san2 emlxs: [ID 349649 kern.info] [ 5.0608]emlxs1: NOTICE: 730: Link reset. (...
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diagnose dell poweredge r210 II not booting with qlogic hba

Dell doesn't "officially" support QLogic HBAs in their cheaper servers like R210 or R310. They support it with R410 upwards. But "official support" is a dubious concept anyway, at least for real men ...
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What SFPs can be used with Dell MD36x0f storage?

I've not found any information about used SFPs and supported cable length (which is what I actually want to know). Online configuration wizard does not allow to choose SFP type, only quantity. One ...
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Fiber-optic communication: Link length [closed]

I am trying to understand fiber optic communication over long distances: Can optical fibre communication links be used for a length of 100km as well as 100000km without having to change sender and ...
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MultiPath configuration on RHEL5 and Clariion CX-300

I have problem with discovering my FC-connected CX-300 storage. Frankly speaking I'm complete novice in FibreChannel, so step by step explanation would be appreciated. My configuration consist of two ...
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Is it possible to multipath across FC and iSCSI?

Perhaps a silly question this one, but I was wondering if it were possible to multipath a storage array across a FC connection and an iSCSI connection? Given that the main point of multipathing seems ...
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“Disk volume is write-protected” error when formatting

I have an Infortrend EonStor A16F-G2430 RAID-6 connected to Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 machine via Fiber Channel QLogic 2Gb PCI-X adapter. I am able to initialize the 8.5TB storage as GPT, and able ...
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EMC-branded DS24-M2 McData: Where get and what firmware?

I (will) get a EMC Symmetrix DS24-M2 FC Switch which is a branded McData 4500. I'm unsure how/if it's possible to update the box to the latest firmware without an official service contract anymore. (...
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Can't set up FC HBA with DHCP

I've got IP over FC working, and have the HBA (QLogic QLA2340) connected to a router with a DHCP server on it. However, whenever I do a: ifconfig fcip0 dhcp start I get: ifconfig: fcip0 wait timed ...
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Reset/reuse linux device letters?

Is there a way to tell the OS that /dev/sdd is really gone when I disconnect it and that it can reuse that letter? I have RAIDs hooked up through fibre channel. I have it set up so that fstab will ...
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How do I set up IP over FC?

I have 2 systems, with a Broadcom BCM5701 and a LSI7202p, of which are connected with a LC->SC cable. The cards are properly detected in Linux, however I wish to set up IP over FC. I've read online ...