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Registered: ‎07-15-2008

Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

All,

Help?.

We have a "problem" with some Brocade fibre switches and connecting them to our existing McData Sepheron 4500 switches that are connected to our Hitachi Thunder 9570 SAN.

The Scenario:

IBM Blade array 8677 with a pair of Brocade 10port Fibre switches.

These are required to connect to our McData 4500 switches to allow the IBM Servers to use SAN space on the Hitachi SAN.

I understand there is an "access gateway mode" that can be used to this job, however our McData switches aren't on EOS 9.6 and don't currently have NPIV capability.

In the Brocade switch management there is a section for "EX-port", however this section is greyed out and cannot be selected.

Can anyone advise on the best way to get these two switches to talk to each other?

Or if we're missing something obviously.

McData Sepheron 4500 Switch:

Type Number: 004500

Model Number: 001

Serial Number: T2014363

EC Level: 1040428

Firmware: 09.02.01 1

Brocade IBM Blade Module

Manuf Serial Number: TV040029148

Supplier Serial Number: YK10UZ8S5001

Firmware: 5.3.1

Cheers

PeterP.

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Registered: ‎02-23-2004

Re: Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

Peter,

the best way upgrade the McDATA to 9.6.x , i don't think you can connect the Brocade Blade in AG Mode to a McDATA w/o NPIV.

If you Upgrade the McDATA to 9.7.x you must upgrade the Brocade to 6.0 or higher.

TechHelp24

TechHelp24
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Re: Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

TechHelp24,

Cheers for the info.

do you know what the EX-port section is? and why it could be greyed out on our switches.

Licensing issue maybe?

Cheers

PeterP

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Re: Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

Peter,

EX_Port is The type of E_Port used to connect a Multiprotocol Router to an edge fabric.

An EX_Port follows standard E_Port protocols and supports FC-NAT but does

not allow fabric merging across EX_Ports.

see attached PDF SAN Glossary

Port Color:

Green: Link Up

Black: Link Down

Red: Port Up but with error

Grey: Port Stopped ( can be caused by not Licensed Port )

Yellow: Port Started but Dusabled

to make sure is the Port is licensed, check the License onthe switch.

TechHelp24

TechHelp24
Occasional Contributor
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Registered: ‎07-15-2008

Re: Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

Hmm.

ok to clarify as I'm stil la little confused.

With the brocades in access gateway mode and NPIV enabled on the McData switches would the additional ports from the brocade switch appear in the console of the McData switches? enabling port zoning as if it is one large switch?

Will Ex-Port usage give us this?.

Or will using Ex-port usage mean that all the Brocade ports will appear to come though the interconnected port?

Sorry to be a pain..

PeterP.

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Registered: ‎02-23-2004

Re: Brocade & McData Fibre Switch interconnectivity.

Peter,

EX_Port is not supportet in AG Mode.

EX_Port is only Avilable in FabOS Native Mode, see FOS Admin Guide for exact details About EX Port, or in the Glossary.

You can connect the Blade Switch ( or other switch in Example 200E or 300 ) in AG Mode only trough / to NPIV.

TechHelp24

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