10-12-2015 05:36 PM
I'm trying to set up a hyper-v cluster (2012R2), and the server hardware happens to come with 4 HBAs.
What I'm looking to do is trunk two of these together per host to go to fabric A, and the other two to trunk to fabric B
I have two Brocade 5100s that form the ISL edge SAN switches for the server hosts to connect to.
Is it possible to trunk N-port pairs like this and have them understood by the switch F-ports?
If so, how?
10-12-2015 11:44 PM
10-13-2015 08:32 PM
Just to clarify, we have two dual-port Emulex lpe16000 HBAs in each server. At the moment we're only skillful enough to utilize one of the HBAs (connect one port to fabric-A edge switch, connect the other port to fabric-B edge switch.)
What we want to do is utilize both HBAs, so that two ports of one HBA go to fabric-A switch and two ports of the other HBA go to fabric-B switch.
If we did manage to set things up like this, would it increase our host bandwidth to the switch, or only provide some kind of active-passive HA setup?
Ideally we'd like to see it be able to increase bandwidth with built in redundancy (A bit like LACP, but with fibre)
The next question is, if it is possible, what steps could I be pointed to on the Brocade switch side to set this up?
Is it F-port trunking?
10-13-2015 09:38 PM
the definition of "Trunk/Trunking" is a Feature to bundle more than TWO Ports on Switch Port Side!
if you want to bundle TWO HBA Port's - like Port Teaming by Ethernet - , this is called "Port Bundling"
Now, if I understand correct you request, you want to Bundle i.e Port_0 from HBA_1 with Port_0 from HBA_2 ???
I believe this Features is not supported, however you should open a case with Emulex to get correct info.
10-13-2015 10:29 PM - edited 10-13-2015 10:30 PM
I'm quite comfortable bundling dual-ports per HBA together if it gets me bandwidth increases.
Otherwise it's starting to sound like having two HBAs with all four ports plugged into and shared between the edge SAN switches is not going to get me very much, except maybe more redundancy as MPIO does it's thing.
In any case, is there any special Brocade commands needed to be run on the ports to support this? Or port bundling?
10-13-2015 10:50 PM
well, either I don't understand your question, or we are talking about two different things.
--->>>I'm quite comfortable bundling dual-ports per HBA
the Topic Owner, ask for Bundle TWO Port from TWO different HBA, and not "per HBA"
--->>>In any case, is there any special Brocade commands needed to be run on the ports to support this? Or port bundling?
no one on Switch Port's Side
10-14-2015 12:36 AM
10-14-2015 01:15 AM