Cisco MDS 9000 Family CLI Configuration Guide
Product Overview
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Table of Contents

Product Overview

Hardware Overview

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors

Cisco MDS 9200 Series Fabric Switches

Cisco MDS 9216i Multiprotocol Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9222i Multilayer Fabric Switch

Cisco MDS 9100 Series Fixed Configuration Fabric Switches

Cisco NX-OS Software Configuration

Tools for Software Configuration

CLI

Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager

Software Configuration Overview

Basic Configuration

Advanced Configuration

Product Overview

The Cisco MDS 9000 Family of multilayer directors and fabric switches offers intelligent fabric-switching services that realize maximum performance while ensuring high reliability levels. They combine robust and flexible hardware architecture with multiple layers of network and storage management intelligence. This powerful combination enables highly available, scalable storage networks that provide intelligent networking features such as multiprotocol and multitransport integration, virtual SANs (VSANs), advanced security, sophisticated debug analysis tools, and unified SAN management.

This chapter lists the hardware features for the Cisco MDS 9000 Family and describes its software features. It includes the following sections:

Hardware Overview

This section provides an overview of the following Cisco MDS 9000 Family of multilayer directors and fabric switches:

  • Cisco MDS 9500 Series multilayer directors

Cisco MDS 9513 multilayer director

Cisco MDS 9509 multilayer director

Cisco MDS 9506 multilayer director

  • Cisco MDS 9200 Series fabric switches

Cisco MDS 9222i multilayer fabric switch

Cisco MDS 9216i multilayer fabric switch

  • Cisco MDS 9100 Series fixed configuration fabric switches

Cisco MDS 9134 multilayer switch

Cisco MDS 9124 multilayer switch

Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem

Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter

Cisco MDS 9500 Series Multilayer Directors

The Cisco MDS 9500 Series includes the following multilayer, modular directors:

  • The Cisco MDS 9513 Director, which has thirteen slots, two of which (slot 7 and slot 8) are reserved for the Supervisor-2 modules, and can accommodate up to eleven hot-pluggable switching or services modules.
  • The Cisco MDS 9509 Director, which has nine slots, two of which (slot 5 and slot 6) are reserved for the Supervisor-1 modules or Supervisor-2 modules, and can accommodate up to seven hot-pluggable switching or services modules.
  • The Cisco MDS 9506 Director, which has six slots, two of which (slot 5 and slot 6) are reserved for the Supervisor-1 modules or Supervisor-2 modules, and can accommodate up to four hot-pluggable switching or services modules.

Note Cisco MDS NX-OS Release 4.1(1a) and later are not supported on the MDS 9120, 9140, 9216, 9216A switches, and the MDS 9500 Series Directors that include Supervisor 1 modules. You must replace Supervisor 1 modules with Supervisor 2 modules.


 

The two supervisor modules ensure high availability and traffic load balancing capabilities. The standby supervisor module provides redundancy if the active supervisor module fails. Supervisor-1 modules provide management access through a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port switch and an RS-232 serial port. Supervisor-2 modules provide management access through a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet port switch and an RS-232 serial port.


Note As of Cisco MDS SAN-OS Release 3.2(1), the USB ports on the Supervisor-2 module are supported. USB flash drives connected to these ports may be used for the same functions as media in the external compact flash slot.


The Cisco MDS 9500 Series directors support the following switching and services modules:

  • 48-port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 24-port 8-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 4/44-port 8-Gbps Host Optimized Fibre Channel switching module
  • 48-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 24-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 12-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 4-port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 32-port 2-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 18/4-port Multiservice module (MSM-18/4)
  • 18/4-port Multiservice module FIPS
  • 18-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 16-port 2-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 14/2-port Multiprotocol Services (MPS-14/2) module
  • Storage Services Module (SSM)

Refer to the Cisco MDS 9500 Series Hardware Installation Guide.

Cisco MDS 9200 Series Fabric Switches

The Cisco MDS 9200 Series includes the following multilayer switches supporting multiprotocol capabilities:

  • Cisco MDS 9222i
  • Cisco MDS 9216i

Cisco MDS 9216i Multiprotocol Fabric Switch

The Cisco MDS 9216i multiprotocol fabric switch has two slots, one of which is reserved for the integrated supervisor module and the other for switching or services modules. The supervisor module provides supervisor functions and has 14 standard Fibre Channel ports and two multiprotocol ports that can support FCIP and iSCSI protocols simultaneously.

The Cisco MDS 9200 multilayer fabric switches support the following switching and services modules:

  • 48-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 24-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 12-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 4-port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 32-port 2-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 16-port 2-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 14/2-port Multiprotocol Services (MPS-14/2) module
  • 8-port IP Storage Services (IPS-8) module
  • 4-port IP Storage Services (IPS-4) module
  • Storage Services Module (SSM)

Refer to the Cisco MDS 9200 Series Hardware Installation Guide.

Cisco MDS 9222i Multilayer Fabric Switch

The Cisco MDS 9222i multilayer fabric switch has two slots, one of which is reserved for the integrated supervisor module and the other for a switching or services module. The supervisor module provides supervisor functions and has 16 standard Fibre Channel ports.

The Cisco MDS 9222i multilayer fabric switch supports the following switching and services modules:

  • 4/44-port 8/4-Gbps Host Optimized Fibre Channel switching module
  • 12-port, 24-port, and 48-port 4-Gbps Fibre Channel switching modules
  • 4-port 10-Gbps Fibre Channel switching module
  • 18/4-port Multiservice Module
  • 18/4-port Multiservice FIPS Module with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level-3 validation
  • 32-port Storage Services Module
  • 8-port IP Storage Services Module

Refer to the Cisco MDS 9200 Series Hardware Installation Guide and the Cisco MDS 9216 Switch Hardware Installation Guide.

Cisco MDS 9100 Series Fixed Configuration Fabric Switches

Cisco MDS 9100 Series includes the following multilayer, fixed configuration (non-modular) switches:

  • Cisco MDS 9134 with 34 ports (24-port base with 8-port license for growth; two 10 Gbps ports can be activated independently in 24-port or 32-port configurations)

On-demand port activation licensing

Nondisruptive upgrades

  • Cisco MDS 9124 with 24 ports (8 base ports, which can go upto 8 or 16 additional ports)

Also includes:

On-demand port activation licensing

Non-disruptive upgrades


Note Cisco MDS NX-OS Release 4.1(1a) and later are not supported on the MDS 9120 switch, the MDS 9140 switch, and the MDS 9500 Series Directors that include Supervisor 1 modules. You must replace Supervisor 1 modules with Supervisor 2 modules.


  • Cisco Fabric Switch for HP c-Class BladeSystem (24 ports; 16 internal 2/4 Gbps, and 8 full-rate ports)
  • Cisco Fabric Switch for IBM BladeCenter (20 ports; 14 internal 2/4 Gbps, and 6 external full-rate ports)

These fixed configuration switches are packaged in 1 RU enclosures and provide 1-Gbps, 2-Gbps, 4-Gbps, or 10 Gbps autosensing Fibre Channel ports. Besides Telnet access, a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port provides switch access.


Note Switches in the Cisco MDS 9100 Series do not have a COM1 port (RS-232 serial port).


Refer to the Cisco MDS 9100 Series Hardware Installation Guide.

Cisco NX-OS Software Configuration

This section describes the tools you can use to configure NX-OS software, and provides an overview of the software configuration process with links to the appropriate chapters.

This section includes the following topics:

Tools for Software Configuration

You can use one of two configuration management tools to configure your SANs (see Figure 1-1).

  • The command-line interface (CLI) can manage Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches using Telnet, SSH, or a serial connection.
  • The Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager, a Java-based graphical user interface, can manage Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches using SNMP.

Figure 1-1 Tools for Configuring Cisco NX-OS Software

 

CLI

With the CLI, you can type commands at the switch prompt, and the commands are executed when you press the Enter key. The CLI parser provides command help, command completion, and keyboard sequences that allow you to access previously executed commands from the buffer history.

Continue reading this document for more information on configuring the Cisco MDS switch using the CLI.

Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager

The Cisco Fabric Manager is a set of network management tools that supports Secure Simple Network Management Protocol version 3 (SNMPv3) and legacy versions. The Cisco Fabric Manager applications are:

  • Fabric Manager Client—Provides a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays real-time views of your network fabric, and lets you manage the configuration of Cisco MDS 9000 Family devices and third-party switches.
  • Fabric Manager Server—Performs advanced monitoring, troubleshooting, and configuration for multiple fabrics. It must be started before running the Fabric Manager Client. It can be accessed by up to 16 Fabric Manager Clients at a time.
  • Device Manager—Presents two views of a switch.

Device View displays a continuously updated physical representation of the switch configuration, and provides access to statistics and configuration information for a single switch.

Summary View presents real-time performance statistics of all active interfaces and channels on the switch for Fibre Channel and IP connections.

  • Fabric Manager Web Services—Allows operators to monitor MDS events, performance, and inventory, and perform minor configuration tasks from a remote location using a web browser.
  • Performance Manager—Provides detailed traffic analysis by capturing data with SNMP. This data is compiled into various graphs and charts that can be viewed with any web browser using Fabric Manager Web Services.

The Cisco Fabric Manager applications are an alternative to the CLI for most switch configuration commands.


Note Resource Manager Essentials (RME) versions 3.4 and 3.5 provide support for switches in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family. Device Updates (DU) are available on Cisco.com (http://www.cisco.com/).


For more information on configuring the Cisco MDS switch using the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager, refer to the Cisco MDS 9000 Fabric Manager Configuration Guide.

Software Configuration Overview

This section provides an overview of the Cisco NX-OS configuration process and includes the following topics:

Basic Configuration

These sections contain the minimum information you need to get your switch up and running.

Initial configuration (Chapter 5, “Initial Configuration”)

VSANs (Chapter20, “Configuring and Managing VSANs”)

Interfaces (Chapter 13, “Configuring Interfaces”)

Zones and zone sets (Chapter24, “Configuring and Managing Zones”)

Advanced Configuration

These sections contain additional configuration information for NX-OS software and the MDS 9000 Family of switches and includes the following topics:

Intelligent Storage Services