Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager Configuration Guide
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Product Overview

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

Cisco NX-OS Software Configuration

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.


NoteCisco 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.

Supervisor-1 modules and Supervisor-2 modules can only operate in the same chassis during migration.


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-port base with 8-port license for growth)

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; 14 internal 2/4 Gbps, and 6 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.


Note Fabric Manager also manages Cisco MDS 9020 switches running FabricWare 2.1. For more information, refer to the Cisco MDS 9020 Fabric Switch Configuration Guide and Command Reference.


This section includes the following topics:

Tools for Software Configuration

Software Configuration Overview

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.

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

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/).


Continue reading this book for more information on configuring the Cisco MDS switch using the Cisco MDS 9000 Family Fabric Manager.

Software Configuration Overview

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

Basic Configuration

Advanced Configuration

Basic Configuration

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

Setting Up the Switch (Starting a Switch in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family, page 2-1)

Installing Fabric Manager (Installing the Management Software, page 2-18)

Fabric Manager Server (Chapter 3, "Fabric Manager Server")

Fabric Manager Client (Chapter 5, "Fabric Manager Client")

Device Manager (Chapter 6, "Device Manager")

Fabric Manager Web Services (Chapter 7, "Fabric Manager Web Client")

Installing licenses (Chapter 10, "Obtaining and Installing Licenses")

Activating additional ports (Chapter 11, "On-Demand Port Activation Licensing")

Configuring the minimum requirements:

Initial configuration (Chapter 12, "Initial Configuration")

VSANs (Chapter 26, "Configuring and Managing VSANs.")

Interfaces (Chapter 20, "Configuring Interfaces")

Zones and zone sets (Chapter 29, "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:

Switch Configuration

Fabric Configuration

Security

IP Services

Intelligent Storage Services

Network and Switch Monitoring

Traffic Management

Switch Configuration

On-demand port activation licensing (Chapter 11, "On-Demand Port Activation Licensing")

Generation 2 switching modules (Chapter 22, "Configuring Generation 2 and Generation 3 Switching Modules")

High Availability (Chapter 17, "Configuring High Availability")

N-Port Virtualization (Chapter 21, "Configuring N Port Virtualization")

Trunking (Chapter 24, "Configuring Trunking")

PortChannels (Chapter 23, "Configuring PortChannels")

Domains (Chapter 25, "Configuring Domain Parameters")

Fabric Configuration

Dynamic VSANs (Chapter 28, "Creating Dynamic VSANs")

SAN device virtualization (Chapter 27, "SAN Device Virtualization")

Inter-VSAN Routing (Chapter 29, "Configuring Inter-VSAN Routing")

Device alias distribution (Chapter 30, "Distributing Device Alias Services")

FSPF (Chapter 31, "Configuring Fibre Channel Routing Services and Protocols")

FLOGI (Chapter 33, "Managing FLOGI, Name Server, FDMI, and RSCN Databases")

SCSI (Chapter 34, "Discovering SCSI Targets")

FICON (Chapter 35, "Configuring FICON")

Switch interoperability (Chapter 35, "Advanced Features and Concepts")

Security

SNMP (Chapter 38, "Configuring SNMP")

RADIUS and TACACS+ (Chapter 39, "Configuring RADIUS and TACACS+")

Access lists for IPv4 and IPv6 (Chapter 40, "Configuring IPv4 and IPv6 Access Control Lists")

Digital certificates (Chapter 41, "Configuring Certificate Authorities and Digital Certificates")

IPsec for network security (Chapter 42, "Configuring IPsec Network Security")

FC-SP for fabric security (Chapter 43, "Configuring FC-SP and DHCHAP")

Port security (Chapter 44, "Configuring Port Security")

Fabric binding (Chapter 45, "Configuring Fabric Binding")

IP Services

FCIP (Chapter 46, "Configuring FCIP")

SAN extension tuner (Chapter 47, "Configuring the SAN Extension Tuner")

iSCSI (Chapter 48, "Configuring iSCSI")

IP services (Chapter 49, "Configuring IP Services")

IP storage (Chapter 50, "Configuring IP Storage")

IPv4 (Chapter 51, "Configuring IPv4 for Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces"

IPv6 (Chapter 52, "Configuring IPv6 for Gigabit Ethernet Interfaces")

Intelligent Storage Services

SCSI flow services (Chapter 53, "Configuring SCSI Flow Services and Statistics")

Fibre Channel write acceleration (Chapter 54, "Configuring Fibre Channel Write Acceleration"

SANTap (Cisco MDS 9000 Family SANTap Deployment Guide)

Network and Switch Monitoring

General Network Monitoring (Chapter 55, "Network Monitoring")

Performance Monitoring (Chapter 56, "Performance Monitoring")

RMON (Chapter 57, "Configuring RMON")

SPAN (Chapter 58, "Monitoring Network Traffic Using SPAN")

System message logging (Chapter 59, "Configuring System Message Logging")

Call Home (Chapter 60, "Configuring Call Home")

Fabric configuration servers (Chapter 61, "Configuring Fabric Configuration Servers")

Traffic Management

QoS (Chapter 62, "Configuring Fabric Congestion Control and QoS")

Port tracking (Chapter 63, "Configuring Port Tracking")