Cisco MDS 9500 Series Hardware Installation Guide
Connecting the Cisco MDS 9500 Series
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Connecting the Cisco MDS 9500 Series

Table Of Contents

Connecting the Cisco MDS 9500 Series

Preparing for Network Connections

Connecting to the Console Port

Connecting to the COM1 Port

Connecting to the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port

Connecting to the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet Port

Connecting to a Fibre Channel Port

Removing and Installing X2 Transceivers

Removing an X2 Transceiver

Installing an X2 Transceiver

Removing and Installing SFP Transceivers

Removing an SFP Transceiver

Installing an SFP Transceiver

Removing and Installing Cables into SFP Transceivers

Removing a Cable from an SFP Transceiver

Installing a Cable into an SFP Transceiver

Maintaining SFP Transceivers and Fiber-Optic Cables


Connecting the Cisco MDS 9500 Series


The Cisco MDS 9500 Series provides the following types of ports:

Console port (supervisor modules) —An RS-232 port that you can use to create a local management connection.

COM1 port (supervisor modules)—An RS-232 port that you can use to connect to an external serial communication device such as a modem.

MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (Supervisor-2 module)—An Ethernet port that you can use to access and manage the switch by IP address, such as through DCNM SAN.

MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port (Supervisor-1 module)—An Ethernet port that you can use to access and manage the switch by IP address, such as through DCNM SAN.

Fibre Channel ports (switching modules)—Fibre Channel ports that you can use to connect to the SAN or for in-band management.

Gigabit Ethernet ports (IP services modules)—Gigabit Ethernet ports that you can use for iSCSI and/or FCIP.

Two USB ports (Supervisor-2 module)—A simple interface that allows you to connect to different devices supported by Cisco MDS SAN-OS and NX-OS. On the double-decker connector, USB port 1 is on the upper position and port 2 is on the lower position.


Note The USB ports are not functional on Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.0(1) or earlier.


CPU subsystem based on Motorola PowerPC 7447

This chapter includes the following sections:

Preparing for Network Connections

Connecting to the Console Port

Connecting to the COM1 Port

Connecting to the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port

Connecting to the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet Port

Connecting to a Fibre Channel Port


Caution When running power and data cables in overhead or subfloor cable trays, we strongly recommend that power cables and other potential noise sources be located as far away as is practical from network cabling that terminates on Cisco equipment. In situations where long parallel cable runs cannot be separated by at least 3.3 ft (1 m), we recommend shielding any potential noise sources by housing them in a grounded metallic conduit.


Note The Cisco MDS 9506 Director and Cisco MDS 9509 Director use the Supervisor-1 module and require the same port connecting procedures.


Preparing for Network Connections

When preparing your site for network connections to the Cisco MDS 9500 Series, consider the following for each type of interface, and gather all the required equipment before connecting the ports:

Cabling required for each interface type

Distance limitations for each signal type

Additional interface equipment required

Connecting to the Console Port

The console port, labeled "Console," is an RS-232 port with an RJ-45 interface (see Figure 3-1). It is an asynchronous (async) serial port; any device connected to this port must be capable of asynchronous transmission.

We recommend using this port to create a local management connection to set the IP address and other initial configuration settings before connecting the switch to the network for the first time.

Figure 3-1 Connecting to the Console Port on the Supervisor Module for the Cisco MDS 9500 Series


Note Connecting the console port to a modem is supported for switches running Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 1.2(2a) or later or NX-OS Release 4.1(1b) or later.



Caution The console port can be used to connect to a modem, however, we recommend using the COM1 port for this purpose. If you decide to connect the console port to a modem, do not connect it while the switch is booting; connect either before powering the switch on or after the switch has completed the boot process.

You can use the console port to perform the following functions:

Configure the Cisco MDS 9500 from the CLI.

Monitor network statistics and errors.

Configure SNMP agent parameters.

Download software updates.


Note To connect the console port to a computer terminal, the computer must support VT100 terminal emulation. The terminal emulation software—frequently an application such as HyperTerminal or Procomm Plus—makes communication between the switch and computer possible during setup and configuration.


To connect the console port to a computer terminal, follow these steps:


Step 1 Configure the terminal emulator program to match the following default port characteristics: 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity.

Step 2 Connect the supplied RJ-45 to DB-9 female adapter or RJ-45 to DP-25 female adapter (depending on your computer) to the computer serial port. We recommend using the adapter and cable provided with the switch.

Step 3 Connect the console cable (a rollover RJ-45 to RJ-45 cable) to the console port and to the RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter or the RJ-45 to DP-25 adapter (depending on your computer) at the computer serial port.


Connecting to the COM1 Port


Note The COM1 port is not supported for connection to a console.


The COM1 port (labeled "COM1") is an RS-232 port with a DB-9 interface (see Figure 3-2). You can use it to connect to an external serial communication device such as a modem. For information about how to turn off hardware flow control, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide.


Note Switches running Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 1.2(1a) or later NX-OS Release 4.1(1b) or later support the connection of a COM1 port to a modem.


Figure 3-2 Connecting to the COM1 Port on the Supervisor Module for the Cisco MDS 9500 Series

To connect the COM1 port to a modem, follow these steps:


Step 1 Connect the modem to the COM1 port using the adapters and cables provided with the accessory kit, as follows:

a. Connect the DB-9 serial adapter to the COM1 port.

b. Connect the RJ-45 to DB-25 modem adapter to the modem.

c. Connect the adapters using the RJ-45 to RJ-45 rollover cable (or equivalent crossover cable).

Step 2 If the default settings for the COM1 are modified, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide containing information regarding verifying and resetting the default settings.

The default COM1 settings are as follows:

line Aux: 
Speed: 9600 bauds 
Databits: 8 bits per byte 
Stopbits: 1 bit(s) 
Parity: none 
Modem In: Enable 
Modem Init-String - 
default: ATE0Q1&D2&C1S0=1\015 
Statistics: tx:17 rx:0 Register Bits:RTS|DTR 


Connecting to the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port


Caution To prevent an IP address conflict, do not connect the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port to the network until the initial configuration is complete. For more information, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide.

The Supervisor-2 module supports an autosensing MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port (labeled "MGMT 10/100/1000") and has an RJ-45 interface. (See Figure 3-3.) You can use this port to access and manage the switch by IP address, such as through Cisco DCNM SAN.

Figure 3-3 Connecting to the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port on the Supervisor-2 Module for the Cisco MDS 9500 Series

To connect the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port to an external hub, switch, or router, follow these steps:


Step 1 Connect the appropriate modular cable to the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port:

Use a modular, RJ-45, straight-through UTP cable to connect the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port to an Ethernet switch port or hub.

Use a cross-over cable to connect to a router interface.

Step 2 Connect the other end of the cable to the device.



Note For high availability, connect the MGMT 10/100/1000 Ethernet port on the active Supervisor-2 module and on the standby Supervisor-2 module to the same network or VLAN. The active supervisor module owns the IP address used by both of these Ethernet connections. On a switchover, the newly activated supervisor module takes over this IP address. This process requires an Ethernet connection to the newly activated supervisor module.


Connecting to the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet Port


Caution To prevent an IP address conflict, do not connect the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port to the network until the initial configuration is complete. For more information, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide.

The Supervisor-1 module supports an autosensing MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port (labeled "MGMT 10/100") and has an RJ-45 interface. (See Figure 3-4.) You can use this port to access and manage the switch by IP address, such as through Cisco DCNM SAN.

Figure 3-4 Connecting to the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet Port on the Supervisor-1 Module for the Cisco MDS 9500 Series

To connect the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port to an external hub, switch, or router, follow these steps:


Step 1 Connect the appropriate modular cable to the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port:

Use a modular, RJ-45, straight-through UTP cable to connect the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port to an Ethernet switch port or hub.

Use a cross-over cable to connect to a router interface.

Step 2 Connect the other end of the cable to the device.



Note For high availability, connect the MGMT 10/100 Ethernet port on the active Supervisor-1 module and on the standby Supervisor-1 module to the same network or VLAN. The active supervisor module owns the IP address used by both of these Ethernet connections. On a switchover, the newly activated supervisor module takes over this IP address. This process requires an Ethernet connection to the newly activated supervisor module.


Connecting to a Fibre Channel Port

The Fibre Channel ports on the switching modules are compatible with LC-type fiber-optic SFP transceivers and cables. You can use these ports to connect to the SAN or for in-band management. For information about configuring the switch for in-band management, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide.

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family supports both Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet protocols for SFP transceivers. Each transceiver must match the transceiver on the other end of the cable, and the cable must not exceed the stipulated cable length for reliable communication. For information on how to get the list of supported SFP transceivers for your software release, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Release Notes for Cisco MDS NX-OS.


Warning Class 1 laser product. Statement 1008



Warning Invisible laser radiation may be emitted from disconnected fibers or connectors. Do not stare into beams or view directly with optical instruments. Statement 1051



Caution Wear an ESD wrist strap connected to the chassis when handling transceivers. Keep optical connectors covered when not in use, and do not touch connector ends. The fiber-optic connectors must be free of dust, oil, and other contaminants.

This section provides the following topics:

Removing and Installing X2 Transceivers

Removing and Installing SFP Transceivers

Removing and Installing Cables into SFP Transceivers

Maintaining SFP Transceivers and Fiber-Optic Cables

Removing and Installing X2 Transceivers


Caution Excessively removing and installing X2 transceivers can shorten its useful life. Do not remove and insert X2 transceivers more often than is absolutely necessary. We recommend disconnecting cables before installing or removing SFP transceivers to prevent damage to the cable or transceiver.


Note Each X2 transceiver is encoded with model information that enables the switch to verify that the X2 transceiver meets the requirements for the switch. For instructions specific to the transceiver type, see the "Transceiver Specifications" section on page D-20.


The Cisco MDS 9000 Family supports X2 transceivers with SC connectors. (See Figure 3-5.)

Figure 3-5 Cisco MDS 9000 Family X2 Transceivers

1

Transmit optical bore

6

Module connector

2

Receive optical bore

7

Latch (extended)

3

Latching sleeve (retracted)

8

Latching sleeve (extended)

4

EMI gasket

9

Latch (retracted)

5

Transceiver heat sink

   

Removing an X2 Transceiver

To remove an X2 transceiver, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.

Step 2 If a cable is installed in the transceiver:

a. Record the cable and port connections for later reference.

b. Press the release latch on the cable, grasp the connector near the connection point, and gently pull the connector from the transceiver.

c. Insert a dust plug into the cable end of the transceiver.


Caution If the transceiver does not remove easily in the next step, push the transceiver all the way back in and then ensure that the latch is in the correct position before continuing.

Step 3 Remove the transceiver from the port.

Step 4 Insert a dust cover into the port end of the transceiver and place the transceiver on an antistatic mat or into a static-shielding bag if you plan to return it to the factory.


Installing an X2 Transceiver

To install an X2 transceiver, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.


Caution If the transceiver does not install easily, ensure that it is correctly oriented before continuing.

Step 2 Remove the dust cover from the port end of the transceiver.

Step 3 Insert the transceiver into the port. Ensure that the transceiver is fully seated.


Note If you cannot install the cable into the transceiver, insert or leave the dust plug in the cable end of the transceiver.



Removing and Installing SFP Transceivers


Caution Removing and installing an SFP transceiver can shorten its useful life. Do not remove and insert SFP transceivers more often than is absolutely necessary. We recommend disconnecting cables before installing or removing SFP transceivers to prevent damage to the cable or transceiver.


Note Use only Cisco SFP transceivers on the Cisco MDS 9200 Series. Each Cisco SFP transceiver is encoded with model information that enables the switch to verify that the SFP transceiver meets the requirements for the switch. For instructions specific to the transceiver type, see the "Transceiver Specifications" section on page D-20.


The Cisco MDS 9000 Family supports SFP transceivers with the following two types of latching devices:

Mylar tab latch (Figure 3-6)

Bale-clasp latch (Figure 3-7)

Figure 3-6 SFP Transceiver with Mylar Tab Latch

Figure 3-7 SFP Transceiver with Bale-Clasp Latch

Removing an SFP Transceiver

To remove an SFP transceiver, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.

Step 2 If a cable is installed in the transceiver:

a. Record the cable and port connections for later reference.

b. Press the release latch on the cable, grasp the connector near the connection point, and gently pull the connector from the transceiver.

c. Insert a dust plug into the cable end of the transceiver.


Caution If the transceiver does not remove easily in the next step, push the transceiver all the way back in and then ensure that the latch is in the correct position before continuing.

Step 3 Remove the transceiver from the port:

If the transceiver has a Mylar tab latch, gently pull the tab straight out (do not twist), and then pull the transceiver out of the port.

If the transceiver has a bale clasp latch, open the clasp by pressing it downwards, and then pull the transceiver out of the port.


Note If you have difficulty removing a bale clasp SFP transceiver, you should reseat the SFP by returning the bale clasp in the up position. Then press the SFP inward and upward into the cage. Next, lower the bale clasp and pull the SFP straight out with a slight upward lifting force (see Figure 3-8). Be careful not to damage the port cage during this process.


Figure 3-8 Alternate Removal Method for Bale Clasp SFP Transceivers

Step 4 Insert a dust cover into the port end of the transceiver and place the transceiver on an antistatic mat or into a static shielding bag if you plan to return it to the factory.

Step 5 If another transceiver is not being installed, protect the optical cage by inserting a clean cover.


Installing an SFP Transceiver

To install an SFP transceiver, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.

Step 2 Remove the dust cover from the port cage.

Step 3 Remove the dust cover from the port end of the transceiver.

Step 4 Insert the transceiver into the port:

If the transceiver has a Mylar tab, orient the transceiver with the tab on the bottom, and then gently insert the transceiver into the port until it clicks into place.

If the transceiver has a bale clasp, orient the transceiver with the clasp on the bottom, close the clasp by pushing it up over the transceiver, and then gently insert the transceiver into the port until it clicks into place.


Caution If the transceiver does not install easily, ensure that it is correctly oriented and the tab or clasp are in the correct position before continuing.

Note If you cannot install the cable into the transceiver, insert or leave the dust plug in the cable end of the transceiver.



Removing and Installing Cables into SFP Transceivers


Caution To prevent damage to the fiber-optic cables, do not place more tension on them than the rated limit and do not bend to a radius of less than 1 inch if there is no tension in the cable, or 2 inches if there is tension in the cable.

Removing a Cable from an SFP Transceiver


Caution When pulling a cable from a transceiver, grip the body of the connector. Do not pull on the jacket sleeve, because this can compromise the fiber-optic termination in the connector.


Caution If the cable does not remove easily, ensure that any latch present on the cable has been released before continuing.

To remove the cable, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.

Step 2 Press the release latch on the cable, grasp the connector near the connection point, and gently pull the connector from the transceiver.

Step 3 Insert a dust plug into the cable end of the transceiver.

Step 4 Insert a dust plug onto the end of the cable.


Installing a Cable into an SFP Transceiver


Caution To prevent possible damage to the cable or transceiver, install the transceiver in the port before installing the cable in the transceiver.

To install a cable into a transceiver, follow these steps:


Step 1 Attach an ESD-preventive wrist strap and follow its instructions for use.

Step 2 Remove the dust cover from the connector on the cable.

Step 3 Remove the dust cover from the cable end of the transceiver.

Step 4 Align the cable connector with the transceiver and insert the connector into the transceiver until it clicks into place (see Figure 3-9).

Figure 3-9 Connecting the LC-Type Cable to a Fibre Channel Port


Caution If the cable does not install easily, ensure that it is correctly oriented before continuing.

For instructions on verifying connectivity, see the Cisco MDS 9000 Family NX-OS Fundamentals Configuration Guide or the Cisco DCNM SAN Fundamentals Configuration Guide. .


Maintaining SFP Transceivers and Fiber-Optic Cables

SFP transceivers and fiber-optic cables must be kept clean and dust-free to maintain high signal accuracy and prevent damage to the connectors. Attenuation (Loss Of Light) is increased by contamination and should be below 0.35 dB.

Consider the following maintenance guidelines:

SFP transceivers are static sensitive. To prevent ESD damage, wear an ESD-preventive wrist strap that is connected to the chassis.

Do not remove and insert a transceiver more often than is necessary. Repeated removals and insertions can shorten its useful life.

Keep all optical connections covered when not in use. If they become dusty, clean before using to prevent dust from scratching the fiber-optic cable ends.

Do not touch ends of connectors to prevent fingerprints and other contamination.

Clean regularly; the required frequency of cleaning depends upon the environment. In addition, clean connectors if they are exposed to dust or accidentally touched. Both wet and dry cleaning techniques can be effective; refer to your site's fiber-optic connection cleaning procedure.

Inspect routinely for dust and damage. If damage is suspected, clean and then inspect fiber ends under a microscope to determine if damage has occurred.