10-19-2015 05:34 AM
we are migrating our old IBM BladeCenter to a new Lenovo Flex System but we have a lot of problem when trying to connect the Fibre Channel Switches together.
On our old hardware we have :
- QLogic 4 Gb SAN Switch Modules for IBM BladeCenter with firmware 126.96.36.199.0
And on the new one we have :
- IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switches which is a brocade switch with 7.4.0b firmware
As far as I know the 2 firmwares are the latest for this hardware even if the QLogic firmware is very old.
We are trying to establish an ISL link (E-Port) between the 2 switches without success. I read a lot about "interop mode" but it seems that brocade no longuer use it since the release of 7.x firmware (http://community.brocade.com/t5/User-Contributed/How-To-Configure-Interoperability-in-Mixed-Fabric-with-Brocade/ta-p/36382).
On the QLogic side the only "interop mode" available is "Interop_1".
I also read about "Transparent routing" for the brocade side but I don't know where and how to activate it... (http://community.brocade.com/t5/User-Contributed/How-To-Interoperability-in-a-mixed-Fabric-Brocade-FabricOS-to/ta-p/36820?r2= and http://community.brocade.com/t5/Fibre-Channel-SAN/200E-and-QLogic-8GB-20-port-IBM-BladeCentre-switch-module/td-p/32498)
There is also an interessant guide there which gave me some hints but without success : http://filedownloads.qlogic.com/files/manual/9046/SN0135524-00A.pdf
Well, can somebody tell me how can I manage to make a Fabrik with my 2 types of switches ? I really need to connect them together in order to be able to migrate all my VM with the less downtime possible... If possible, a step by step guide would be very appreciated.
Thank you in advance for any help and best regards.
10-19-2015 05:58 AM - edited 10-19-2015 06:05 AM
--->>>.....but we have a lot of problem when trying to connect the Fibre Channel Switches together.
Old QLOGIC Blade and/or Standalone switches, cannot be connect/ISL with the 5022, since Interop-Mode is not longer supported.
additional, the QLOGIC Interop Guide you post here the URL, is 12+ years old and this procedure cannot be applied with NEW Plattforms generation.
Trasparent Routing is Supported only in newest QLOGIC Switches with FW 8.xx and higher.
10-19-2015 06:04 AM
thank you for your quick reply. So you are telling me there is no way to connect everything together ?
10-19-2015 06:09 AM
Alternative would be with another switch with Integrated Routing, but to be honest I'm not sure if this support such old QLOGIC Blade.
If the FC50220 support IR, I can provide for IR Temporary License, please by Lenovo if the features is supported and le me know.