Planning For SME Installation
This appendix outlines the steps and guidelines that you need to be follow to ensure a successful SME installation. Before installing the application, read the requirements and prerequisites for the following services and features:
Collect the following information about the SAN before installing SME:
SAN switch vendors.
SME is supported on Cisco-only SANs. However, SANs that have
switches from other vendors may also be supported on a case-by-case basis.
SAN topology, including the placement of hosts and targets and
number of fabrics.
Backup host operating system.
Backup application type and version.
HBA type and firmware version.
Tape library and drive types.
Number of hosts and tape drives.
SAN topology diagram.
Types of modules used for ISL connectivity (Generation 1 or
This information is required for large SME setups.
- Zoning of the hosts and
tape drives and if all the drives are accessible to all the hosts. It is
preferred that there is selective accessibility between the hosts and drives.
Collect the following information about MSM-18/4 modules:
Determine the total throughput requirement and the required number of MSM-18/4 modules. The throughput requirement can be based on either meeting the backup window or based on achieving the line rate throughput for each drive. Refer to the Cisco Storage Media Encryption Design Guide
Determine the placement of the MSM-18/4 modules. Consult the design guide for sample topology and recommendations.
For large SME setups, determine if the line cards used for ISLs can scale for the FC Redirect configuration. Refer to the Cisco Storage Media Encryption Design Guide
Generation 2 modules are recommended for ISL connectivity.
Order the appropriate number of SME licenses.
Key Management Center and DCNM-SAN Server
Determine which of the following key management strategies and policies are appropriate for you:
We recommend that you use PostgreSQL as the database.
To learn more about master key security modes, refer to Chapter 4, “Configuring SME Cluster Management.”
If you are using smart cards in the standard or advanced security mode, ensure that you do the following:
Install the GemPlus smart card reader drivers on the host used for SME provisioning. These card reader drivers are included in the Cisco MDS 9000 Management Software and Documentation CD-ROM.
Order the required number of smart cards and readers.
Identify a host in the customer environment for setting up the DCNM-SAN and KMC.
Refer to Chapter 1, “Storage Media Encryption Overview” to learn about the requirements.
Determine whether you will use SSL for switch-to-KMC communication. If you are using SSL, then do the following tasks:
Identify whether a self-signed certificate is required or whether the customer will use their own certificate as the root certificate.
List the names and IP addresses of the switches where the certificates will be installed.
Install OpenSSL. This application could be installed on the server used for DCNM-SAN and KMC.
For the server running Windows operating system, download and install OpenSSL from the following locations:
The SSL installed should be used to generate keys.
Use the OpenSSL application installed at the following location:
For a server running on Linux, the OpenSSL application should already be available on the server.
Identify the authentication modes used in the SAN, that is local database, TACACS+, or RADIUS.
Verify that you do the following tasks:
Allow the following ports on the firewall server:
Ports 9333 to 9339 for TCP and UDP for SME cluster communication
Ports 8800 and 8900 for Cisco KMC communication
Ports HTTP (80) and HTTPS (443) for SME web-client communication
Use either DNS or IP address (not a mix) for the SAN and KMC communication
If you are using IP addresses, refer to the “sme.useIP for IP Address or Name Selection” section on page 2-32
to learn about sme.useIP.
Before installing SME, ensure that you do the following tasks:
Install Java 1.5 or 1.6 on the DCNM-SAN.
If you are using SSL, install OpenSSL on the server to be used for SSL certificate generation.
Ensure that essential ports are allowed through the firewall and on the management interface.
If you are using DNS, ensure that all switches and the KMC server, are mutually reachable (through the ping command) using their DNS names.
Synchronize the time between all the switches, the KMC and the server used for generating SSL certificates. Configure NTP if required.
Ensure that the hosts and the tape drives are appropriately zoned.
Ensure that there is CLI access to the switches.
Install smart card reader drivers.
Ensure that the required number of smart cards and readers are available.
Install the MSM-18/4 modules and SME licenses on the required set of switches.
Before configuring SME, you need to install DCNM-SAN, enable the services, assign roles and users, create fabrics, install SSL certificates, and then provision SME. The following sections describe the steps that you need to follow:
While installing DCNM-SAN, do the following tasks:
Ensure that the Cisco DCNM-SAN login name and password is the same as the switch login name and password.
Select the appropriate database.
Select the appropriate authentication mode.
Select HTTPS during the installation.
To know more about installing DCNM-SAN, refer to the Cisco DCNM-SAN Fundamentals Guide.
Configuring CFS Regions For FC-Redirect
To configure the CFS regions for FC-Redirect, do the following tasks:
|| Configure a switch in the CFS region as shown in the following example: |
switch# configure terminal
switch# cfs region 2
Repeat this step for all the switches that are included in the specified region.
|| Confirm all the required switches are available in the CFS region by entering the show
|| To migrate existing SME installations to CFS regions for FC-Redirect, delete all the existing FC-Redirect configurations created by the switches in other regions from each switch. To remove the configurations, perform the following steps:|
- Obtain a list of all FC-Redirect configurations by entering the show
- Remove all configurations created by the switches in other regions by using the clear
configs command. The configurations are removed from the switches but the switches remain active in the region in which they are created.
Enabling SME Services
To enable SME services, do the following tasks:
Assigning SME Roles and Users
The SME feature provides two primary roles: SME Administrator
(sme-admin) and the SME Recovery Officer (sme-recovery). The SME Administrator
role also includes the SME Storage Administrator (sme-stg-admin) and SME KMC
Administrator (sme-kmc-admin) roles.
To set up the roles and users, note the following guidelines:
- Create the appropriate SME
roles, that is, sme-admin and/or sme-stg-admin and sme-kmc-admin, and
sme-recovery in the Advanced Master Key Security mode.
- Choose separate users for
the sme-kmc-admin role and the sme-stg-admin role to split the responsiblities
of key management and SME provisioning. To combine these responsibilities into
one role, choose the stg-admin role.
- Use DCNM-SAN to create users for sme-admin, sme-stg-admin, and
sme-kmc-admin roles as appropriate.
- In the Advanced mode for the master key, create three or five users
under the sme-recovery role.
- Create users on the switches for all of these roles.
To learn more about the roles and their responsibilities refer to the
Creating and Assigning SME Roles Using the CLI.
For detailed information on creating and assigning roles, refer to the
Security Configuration Guide, Cisco DCNM for SAN and the Cisco MDS
9000 Family NX-OS Security Configuration Guide.
Creating SME Fabrics
When creating SME fabrics, note the following guidelines:
Add the SME fabrics using the DCNM-SAN Web Client. Modify the names to exclude switch names from the fabric name.
The fabric name must remain constant. You cannot change the fabric name after you have configured SME.
Installing SSL Certificates
To create SSL certificates, do the following tasks:
- Follow the procedure
specified in Chapter 8Provisioning Certificates
to install SSL certificates on the switches and the KMC.
- Use the same password at
every step of the installation procedure to simplify the process.
- Restart the DCNM-SAN and KMC after installing the SSL certificates.
When provisioning and configuring SME, do the following tasks:
Create a SME interface for each of the MSM-18/4 modules that will be used for storage media encryption. For more information, refer to Chapter 3 Configuring SME Interfaces
Follow the steps outlined in Chapter 4 Configuring SME Cluster Management including cluster creation and tape backup group configuration procedures.
Save the running configuration to startup configuration.
For more informaiton, see the solution guide to SME which contains
additional details and requirements for installing SME Disk in specific