Intelligent Storage Services Configuration Guide, Cisco DCNM for SAN, Release 6.x
Configuring SCSI Flow Services
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Configuring SCSI Flow Services

Table Of Contents

Configuring SCSI Flow Services

Information About SCSI Flow Services

SCSI Flow Services Overview

SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

SCSI Flow Manager

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Services

Guidelines and Limitations

Default Settings

Configuring SCSI Flow Services

Enabling Intelligent Storage Services

Configuring Fibre Channel Using DCNM-SAN

Disabling Intelligent Storage Services

Verifying SCSI Flow Services

Filed Description for SCSI Flow Services

SSM

Virtual Initiator


Configuring SCSI Flow Services


This chapter describes SCSI flow services which is supported on the Storage Services Module (SSM).

This chapter includes the following sections:

Information About SCSI Flow Services

Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Services

Guidelines and Limitations

Default Settings

Configuring SCSI Flow Services

Verifying SCSI Flow Services

Filed Description for SCSI Flow Services

Information About SCSI Flow Services

This section includes the following topics:

SCSI Flow Services Overview

SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

SCSI Flow Manager

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

SCSI Flow Services Overview

An SCSI initiator and target combination is an SCSI flow. SCSI flow services provide enhanced features for SCSI flows, such as Write Acceleration and flow monitoring for statistics obtained on an SSM.

The SCSI flow services functional architecture consists of the following components:

SCSI flow manager (SFM) on the supervisor—The SFM resides on a supervisor module and handles the configuration of SCSI flows, validating them and relaying configuration information to the appropriate SSM. It also handles any dynamic changes to the status of the SCSI flow due to external events and registers changes that occur due to various operations.

SCSI flow configuration CLI on the supervisor—The SFCC resides on the CPP of the SSM. It receives flow configuration requests from the SFM, programs the DPP corresponding to the initiator and target port interfaces, and responds to the SFM with the status of the configuration request.

SCSI flow configuration client on the Control Path Processor (CPP) of an SSM.

SCSI flow feature set support on the Data Path Processor (DPP) of an SSM—The DPP on the SSM examines all the messages between the initiator and target and provides SCSI flow features, such as Fibre Channel Write Acceleration and statistics monitoring.

Figure 2-1 shows an example of the SCSI flow services functional architecture.

Figure 2-1 SCSI Flow Services Functional Architecture


Note The SCSI target and initiator must be connected to different SSMs on different switches.



Note For statistics monitoring, the target device is not required to be connected to an SSM.


SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

A SCSI flow specification consists of the following attributes:

SCSI flow identifier

VSAN identifier

SCSI initiator port WWN

SCSI target port WWN

Flow feature set consisting of Fibre Channel Write Acceleration and statistics monitoring.

SCSI Flow Manager

The SCSI flow manager (SFM) resides on a supervisor module and handles the configuration of SCSI flows, validating them and relaying configuration information to the appropriate SSM. It also handles any dynamic changes to the status of the SCSI flow due to external events. The SFM registers events resulting from operations, such as port up or down, VSAN suspension, and zoning that affects the SCSI flow status, and updates the flow status and configuration accordingly.

The SFM on the initiator communicates to its peer on the target side using Cisco Fabric Services (CFS). Peer communication allows the initiator SFM to validate target parameters and program information on the target side.

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

A SCSI flow configuration client (SFCC) resides on the CPP of the SSM. It receives flow configuration requests from the SFM, programs the DPP corresponding to the initiator and target port interfaces, and responds to the SFM with the status of the configuration request.

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

The DPP on the SSM examines all the messages between the initiator and target and provides SCSI flow features such as Fibre Channel Write Acceleration and statistics monitoring.


Note For statistics monitoring, the target device is not required to be connected to an SSM.


Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Services

The following table shows the licensing requirements for SCSI Flow Services:

License
License Description

ENTERPRISE_PKG

SCSI flow statistics requires license. Any feature not included in a license package is bundled with the Cisco NX-OS system images and is provided at no extra charge to you. For a complete explanation of the NX-OS licensing scheme, see the Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide.

FM_SERVER_PKG

Traffic Analyzer for SCSI flow statistics requires an Enterprise Services license. For a complete explanation of the NX-OS licensing scheme and how to obtain and apply licenses, see the Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide.


Guidelines and Limitations

The SCSI flow specification is a distributed configuration because the SCSI initiator and the target might be physically connected to SSMs on two different switches located across the fabric. The configuration does not require information to identify either the switch name or the SSM slot location for either the initiator or the target. The manual SCSI flow configuration is performed only at the initiator side. This simplifies the configuration process. The initiator switch sends the configuration to the SFM on the target switch using CFS. No SCSI flow configuration is necessary on the target switch.

Default Settings

Table 2-1 lists the default settings for SCSI flow services parameters.

Table 2-1 Default SCSI Flow Services Parameters 

Parameters
Default

SCSI flow services

Disabled

SCSI flow services distribution

Enabled


Configuring SCSI Flow Services

This section includes the following topics:

Enabling Intelligent Storage Services

Configuring Fibre Channel Using DCNM-SAN

Disabling Intelligent Storage Services

Restrictions <Optional>

Enabling SCSI flow services on interfaces has the following restrictions:

The fewest number of interfaces that you can enable is four. You can specify fc1 through fc4, but not fc1 through fc2.

The first interface in the group must be 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, or 29. You can specify fc5 through fc8, but not fc7 through fc10.

The groups of four interfaces do not need to be consecutive. You can specify fc1 through fc8 and fc17 through fc20.

Enabling Intelligent Storage Services

Restrictions <Optional>

The port range must be a multiple of four (for example fc4/1 through fc4-12).

Detailed Steps

To configure the values to associate with the fast, medium, and slow migration rates, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand End Devices and then select SSM Features in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the Intelligent Storage Services configuration in the Information pane.

Step 2 Click the SSM tab.

You see the set of configured services in the Information pane.

Step 3 Click Create Row to enable a new service on an SSM.

You see the Create SSM dialog box.

Step 4 Select the switch and SSM card you want to configure.

Step 5 (Optional) Uncheck the Use All Ports on Module check box if you want to provision a subset of the ports on the card to use this service.

Step 6 Select the port range you want to provision for using this service (starting port and ending port).

Step 7 Select the feature you want to enable on these ports from the drop-down list of services.

Step 8 Set the PartnerImageURI field if you are enabling a third-party application that requires an image loaded onto the SSM.

Step 9 Click Create to create this row and enable this service.

Configuring Fibre Channel Using DCNM-SAN

Detailed Steps

To configure a Fibre Channel using DCNM-SAN, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand End Devices and then select SSM Features in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the Intelligent Storage Services configuration, showing the FCWA tab in the Information pane.

Step 2 Click Create Row in the Information pane to create a SCSI flow or click a row in the FCWA table to modify an existing SCSI flow.

You see the FC Write Acceleration dialog box.

Step 3 Select the initiator and target WWNs and VSAN IDs and check the WriteAcc check box to enable Fibre Channel Write Acceleration on this SCSI flow.

Step 4 (Optional) Enable SCSI flow statistics on this SCSI flow by checking the Enable Statistics check box.

Step 5 (Optional) Change the BufCount value to set the number of 2K buffers used by the SCSI target.

Step 6 Click Create to create this SCSI flow.

Disabling Intelligent Storage Services

Detailed Steps

To disable Intelligent Storage Services in DCNM-SAN for an SSM and free up a group of ports that use these services, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand End Devices and then select SSM Features in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the Intelligent Storage Services configuration in the Information pane.

Step 2 Click the SSM tab.

You see the set of configured services in the Information pane.

Step 3 Select the row in the table that you want to disable.

Step 4 (Optional) Check the Reboot Module on Delete check box if you want to force the card to reboot after disabling the service. This is equivalent to the CLI force option.

Step 5 Click Delete Row. The ports that were provisioned for this service become available for provisioning in another service.


Note If Reboot Module on Delete was checked, then the SSM module reboots.



Verifying SCSI Flow Services

To display SCSI Flow Services configuration information, perform one of the following tasks:

Command
Purpose

show scsi-flow

Displays the SCSI flow services configuration for all specific SCSI flow identifiers.

show ssm provisioning

Displays provisioned applications on an SSM.

show scsi-flow flow-id 3

Displays the SCSI flow services configuration for a specific SCSI flow identifiers.


For detailed information about the fields in the output from these commands, refer to the Cisco DC-OS Command Reference.

Filed Description for SCSI Flow Services

This section includes the following topics:

SSM

Virtual Initiator

SSM

Field
Description

StartPort, EndPort, Feature

A table containing feature related information for interfaces. This table gives a list of interfaces that are assigned to different features. The interfaces supported are of the type Fibre Channel.

PartnerImageURI

A collection of objects related to SSM Feature to interface mapping.


Virtual Initiator

Field
Description

Processor Id

The DPP ID.

Control

If false, it's the data path. If true, it's the control path.