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New! Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Cook Book has been released

Great News!!! It has arrived!!

 

I just wanted everyone to know that we have a new version of the Virtual Connect Fibre Channel Cook Book.

This guide details the concepts and implementation steps for integrating HP Virtual Connect Fibre Channel modules and HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric Modules into an existing SAN Fabric. The scenarios in this guide are simplistic while covering a range of typical building blocks to use when designing a solution.

 

The most important points to remember when using the Virtual Connect Fiber Chanel Module or the Virtual Connect FlexFabric module are:

      The HP VC-FC Module requires an HP Virtual Connect Ethernet Module to also be installed in order to be managed (it‘s not the case for HP VC FlexFabric). This is because the VC Ethernet module contains the processor on which the Virtual Connect Manager firmware runs.

      The lack of some special features that are available in standard FC switches like ISL Trunking, QoS, long-distance support, and so on, for the external links from VC-FC to the core switch. ISL Trunking, Port Channeling between a VC module and an upstream Fibre Channel switch are not supported because Virtual Connect Fibre Channel modules must be connected to a data center Fibre Channel switch that supports N_Port_ID virtualization (NPIV). The NPIV standard requires external ports to be N_Ports and not E_Ports or F_Ports required for trunking.

      NPIV support is required in the FC switches that connect to the HP VC-FC and HP FlexFabric Modules —an issue if the FC switches cannot be upgraded to latest firmware.

      Does not support direct storage attachment (requires at least one external FC switch) because VC uses an N-port uplink requires to be connected to a FC switch, it can be connected to data center Brocade, McData, Cisco, and Qlogic FC switches that support the NPIV protocol.

 

You can get it here: 

Good reading. It added info on Fibre Channel support from the Virtual Connect FlexFabric module.

Comments
Eric van der Meer(anon) | ‎05-23-2011 07:25 PM

Great!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

guy christiano(anon) | ‎02-21-2012 02:56 PM

I am having trouble getting port 1 on my flexfabric module to logon to a brocade fiber channel switch.  VC and the brocade are at acceptable firmware levels.  NPIV is turned on and port FillWord is set to 3.  The VC just shows failed connection with a red X.

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