Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router Software Configuration Guide, Release 3.3
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Table Of Contents

About This Guide




Command Syntax Conventions

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About This Guide

This preface describes the objectives, audience, organization and command syntax conventions of the Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router Software Configuration Guide. It also provides information on how to obtain related documentation and technical assistance.

Note The model number of the SN 5428 Storage Router may appear on your terminal as 5428-K9 during console sessions with the storage router and in command line interface (CLI) output.


This software configuration guide describes how to configure software in a Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router. It does not describe every possible configuration but does describe those tasks commonly required to configure the software.

Note This guide does not describe how to configure the iSCSI driver to be installed in each host requiring IP access to storage. Download the Cisco iSCSI drivers from and install and configure the drivers according to the accompanying readme files, release notes, and example configuration files.


This guide is intended primarily for the following audiences:

System administrators who are familiar with the fundamentals of router-based internetworking and network storage devices, but who might not be familiar with the specifics of Cisco products or the routing protocols supported by Cisco products.

System administrators who are responsible for configuring network storage equipment.


This guide contains the following chapters (Table 1):

Table 1 Document Organization


Chapter 1

Before Configuring SN 5428 Storage Router Software

Describes what you should understand prior to configuring storage router software.

Chapter 2

First-Time Configuration

Describes what configuration information to gather and explains the initial system configuration script and setup configuration wizard. This chapter also introduces the CLI and web-based GUI.

Chapter 3

Configuring System Parameters

Provides procedures for configuring system parameters.

Chapter 4

Configuring for VLAN

Provides procedures for configuring VLAN.

Chapter 5

Configuring Fibre Channel Interfaces

Provides procedures for configuring Fibre Channel (FC) interfaces and FC fabric zoning.

Chapter 6

Configuring SCSI Routing

Provides procedures for configuring SCSI routing.

Chapter 7

Configuring Transparent SCSI Routing

Provides procedures for configuring transparent SCSI routing.

Chapter 8

Configuring Authentication

Provides procedures for configuring AAA authentication and enabling iSCSI, Enable and Login authentication.

Chapter 9

Configuring a High Availability Cluster

Provides procedures for configuring a storage router cluster.

Chapter 10

Maintaining and Managing the SN 5428 Storage Router

Describes how to perform normal maintenance and management tasks associated with the storage router.

Chapter 11

Command Line Interface Reference

Provides information on the command line interface (CLI) and on all CLI commands.

Command Syntax Conventions

Table 2 describes the syntax used with the commands in this document.

Table 2 Syntax Conventions 


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Indicates commands and keywords that you enter literally as shown.

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Indicates arguments for which you supply values.

[ x ]

Square brackets indicate an optional element (keyword or argument).

{ x }

Braces indicate a required element (keyword or argument).

{s | y | z}

Braces and vertical bars indicate a required choice of keywords or arguments, separated by the vertical bars within the braces.

[ x {y | z}]

Braces and vertical bars within square brackets indicate a required choice within an optional element.


The value entered for /bits specifies a network mask in classless interdomain routing (CIDR) style. That is, the value equals the number of bits in a network mask counting from the most significant side (left) of an IP address. For example, a /bits value of 24 is the equivalent of a network mask of Similarly, a /bits value of 32 specifies using the entire IP address.

"user text"

Indicates that user text (a user-defined text string) that contains a space or spaces must be enclosed using double or single quotes. If single quotes or an apostrophe is used as part of the text string, enclose the string using double quotes. If double quotes are used as part of the text string, enclose the string using single quotes.

For example, both "Pat's storage router" and `number "2"' are valid text string entries.

Note The question mark (?) character cannot be used as part of a text string.

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Examples of information displayed on the screen.

boldface screen font

Examples of information you must enter.

< >

Nonprinting characters, for example, passwords appear in angle brackets.

[  ]

Default responses to system prompts appear in square brackets.

Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to additional information and material.

Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Timesaver Means the described action saves time. You can save time by performing the action described in the paragraph.

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Refer to the following documents for additional information:

Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router Hardware Installation Guide

Release Notes for the Cisco SN 5428 Storage Router

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