Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide
Managing Cisco FabricWare
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Managing Cisco FabricWare

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Managing Cisco FabricWare

Fibre Channel Support

Zone Configuration



Managing Cisco FabricWare with Fabric Manager

Managing Cisco FabricWare

The Cisco FabricWare software running on the MDS 9020 Switch offers Fibre Channel switching services that realize maximum performance. Cisco FabricWare provides networking features such as zoning, advanced security, nondisruptive software upgrades, diagnostics, a CLI with syntax resembling Cisco IOS, and standard interfaces for management applications.

This appendix contains the following sections:

Fibre Channel Support

Zone Configuration



Managing Cisco FabricWare with Fabric Manager

Fibre Channel Support

Cisco FabricWare supports autoconfigured Fibre Channel ports capable of up to 4-Gbps bandwidth. Cisco FabricWare supports the following port types:






See the "About Interface Modes" section on page 20-3.

Cisco FabricWare supports Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) as the standard path selection protocol used by Fibre Channel fabrics. The FSPF feature is enabled by default on all Fibre Channel switches. Except in configurations that require special consideration, you do not need to configure any FSPF services. FSPF automatically calculates the best path between any two switches in a fabric.

Zone Configuration

Zoning enables you to set up access control between storage devices or user groups. If you have administrator privileges in your fabric, you can create zones to increase network security and to prevent data loss or corruption. Zoning is enforced by examining the source-destination ID field. Cisco FabricWare does not support QoS, broadcast, LUN, or read-only zones.

You can use the Fabric Manager zone configuration tool to manage zone sets, zones, and zone membership for switches running Cisco FabricWare. Cisco FabricWare supports zone membership by pWWN. See the "Configuring a Zone Using the Zone Configuration Tool" section on page 30-12.


Cisco FabricWare supports the following security features:



User-based roles

IP access control lists

Cisco FabricWare can use the RADIUS protocol to communicate with remote AAA servers. RADIUS is a distributed client/server protocol that secures networks against unauthorized access. In the Cisco implementation, RADIUS clients run on Cisco MDS 9000 Family switches and send authentication requests to a central RADIUS server that contains all user authentication and network service access information.

You can access the CLI using the console (serial connection), Telnet, or Secure Shell (SSH). For each management path (console or Telnet and SSH), you can configure one or more of the following security control options: local, remote (RADIUS), or none.

Using these access methods, you can configure the roles that each authenticated user receives when they access the switch. Cisco FabricWare supports two fixed roles: network administrator and network operator.

IP access lists (IP-ACLs) control management traffic over IP by regulating the traffic types that are allowed or denied to the switch. IP-ACLs can only be configured for the mgmt0 port.

Fabric Manager Server uses SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 to communicate with Cisco FabricWare.


You can monitor fabric and switch status for Cisco FabricWare switches through either a syslog server or an SNMP trap receiver.

The syslog, or system message logging software, saves messages in a log file or directs the messages to other devices. This feature provides you with the following capabilities:

Provides logging information for monitoring and troubleshooting

Allows you to select the types of captured logging information

Allows you to select the destination server to forward the captured logging information

By default, the switch logs normal but significant system messages to a log file and sends these messages to the system console. You can specify which system messages should be saved based on the type of facility and the severity level. You can access logged system messages using the CLI or by saving them to a properly configured system message logging server.

You can configure the Cisco MDS 9020 Switch using the CLI to send notifications to SNMP managers when particular events occur. You can send these notifications as traps.

Managing Cisco FabricWare with Fabric Manager

Fabric Manager supports switches running Cisco FabricWare.

Table D-1 shows the supported features and where to find more information on that feature.

Table D-1 FabricWare Features in Fabric Manager  

FabricWare Capabilities


Zone configuration

Zone membership by pWWN

No Cisco FabricWare support for QoS, broadcast, LUN, or read-only zones

"Configuring a Zone Using the Zone Configuration Tool" section on page 30-12

"Adding Zone Members" section on page 30-14

"About Zoning" section on page 30-1


1/2/4 Fibre Channel autonegotiating ports

"Fibre Channel Interfaces" section on page 20-2


SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c

"SNMP Version 1 and Version 2c" section on page 40-2

Software images

Automated upgrades

Manual upgrades

"Using the Software Install Wizard" section on page 15-8

"Software Upgrade Methods" section on page 15-5

FLOGI, name server, FDMI, and RSCN

Displaying FLOGI details

Registering name server proxies

Displaying FDMI

RSCN statistics

Refer to the Cisco MDS 9020 Switch Configuration Guide and Command Reference.


Configuring RADIUS

Configuring server groups

Configuring role-based authorization

Configuring user accounts

Configuring SSH services

"Configuring a RADIUS Server" section on page 41-10

"Creating and Modifying Users" section on page 40-4

"Role-Based Authorization" section on page 39-1

"Configuring Users" section on page 39-12

"Enabling SSH or Telnet Service" section on page 39-18

Fibre Channel routing

FSPF global configuration

FSPF interface configuration

Refer to the Cisco MDS 9020 Switch Configuration Guide and Command Reference.

IP services

IP access control lists on mgmt0

"Creating IPv4-ACLs or IPv6-ACLs in Device Manager" section on page 42-6

System messages

System message logging configuration

"Viewing Logs from Device Manager" section on page 57-4

Advanced configuration

FC timer

"Fibre Channel Time Out Values" section on page 37-2