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Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

All:

We are replacing a Cisco 9509 with a Brocade 5300.

The Cisco connects to an IBM Blade Server E (type 8677) which has an embedded SAN Switch stuck on the back.  It's the IBM BladeServer 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module , part # 48P7062.  It's actually a QLogic (I think).

The Cisco is NOT configured in InterOp Mode.  Nor is the IBM FCSM.  Nor do I believe that the IBM FCSM is in NPV or NPIV mode.

Is the Brocade 5300 "compatable" with the IBM FCSM?  Can I just plug them in and they will work?

    Stuart Abramson

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

--->>> It's the IBM BladeServer 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch Module , part # 48P7062.

I Believe, this is a OLD QLogic Blade Swicht Module.

Post here please some details, like FW release.

Such QLogic Blade are not longer Supported and Approved by Brocade with Fabric OS 6.x

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

abramson,

i note from Notification e-mail ( Blank ? ) they have post here answer, but i cannot see anything of post.

have you removed it ?

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

Here is a "show running" from my IBM switch:

FCSM: jpdalbec> show version

*****************************************************
* *
* Command Line Interface SHell (CLISH) *
* *
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SystemDescription IBM BladeCenter(TM) 2-port Fibre Channel Switch Module
Eth0NetworkAddress 150.134.10.46 (use 'set setup system' to update)
FCNetworkAddress 0.0.0.0 (use 'set setup system' to update)
MACAddress 00:c0:dd:01:c4:e8
WorldWideName 10:00:00:c0:dd:01:c4:e9
SymbolicName FCSM
ActiveSWVersion V2.0.1.11-0
ActiveTimestamp Wed Jan 31 20:45:04 2007
DiagnosticsStatus Passed
SecurityEnabled False

FCSM: jpdalbec> show switch

Switch Information
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SymbolicName FCSM
SwitchWWN 100000c0dd01c4e9
SwitchType SwitchBlade
PROMVersion V2.0.0.0-0 (Wed Jan 31 20:45:04 2007)
CreditPool 0
DomainID 1 (0x1)
FirstPortAddress 010000
FlashSize - MBytes 128
LogLevel Critical
MaxPorts 16
NumberOfResets 51
ReasonForLastReset NormalReset
SWImageVersion (1) - build date V2.0.1.9-0 (Wed Oct 20 14:59:53 2004)
SWImageVersion (2) - build date V2.0.1.11-0 (Wed Jan 31 20:45:04 2007)
ActiveImageVersion - build date V2.0.1.11-0 (Wed Jan 31 20:45:04 2007)
PendingImageVersion - build date V2.0.1.11-0 (Wed Jan 31 20:45:04 2007)
ActiveConfiguration default
AdminState Online
AdminModeActive False
BeaconOnStatus False
OperationalState Online
PrincipalSwitchRole False
BoardTemp (1) - Degrees Celsius 49
BoardTemp (2) - Degrees Celsius 52
SwitchDiagnosticsStatus Passed
SwitchTemperatureStatus Normal

FCSM: jpdalbec> show setup mfg

Manufacturing Information
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BrandName IBM
BuildDate Thursday, May 29, 2003 13:59
ChassisPartNumber BRS-142-009 F
ChassisSerialNumber 11S59P6612ZJ1RWG35T005
CPUBoardSerialNumber 1564171
MACAddress 00:c0:dd:01:c4:e8
PlanarPartNumber 30945-11
SwitchSymbolicName FCSM
SwitchWWN 10:00:00:c0:dd:01:c4:e9
SystemDescription IBM BladeCenter(TM) 2-port Fibre Channel
Switch Modul
e
SystemObjectID 1.3.6.1.4.1.1663.1.1.1.1.16

FCSM: jpdalbec> show config switch

Configuration Name: default
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Switch Configuration Information
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AdminState Online
BroadcastEnabled True
InbandEnabled True
DomainID 1 (0x1)
DomainIDLock False
SymbolicName FCSM
R_A_TOV 10000
E_D_TOV 2000
PrincipalPriority 254
ConfigDescription IBM BladeCenter(TM) 2-port Fibre Channel Switch
Module
ConfigLastSavedBy         
ConfigLastSavedOn Sun Nov 4 09:34:32 2007
FC-SW-2 Compliant True

FCSM: jpdalbec>

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

Stuart,

I'm 95% quite sure, this Blade will not work with FOS 6.x

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

The IBM Switch you are talking about is in deed a Qlogic Switch. It's quite old and wasn't ment to be a NPIV capable switch. So if the Brocade 5300 switch should work with this old device you have to put the Brocade in interop mode.(with all downturns this brings in)  This did work for older Brocade Switches FW 3.xx quite well.(setting the Brocde to Interop was the only supportet option according to IBM since the Qlogic was not fully cappable of emulating the Brocade FC2 enhancements)

But since the IBM 2Gb Blade switch is rather old I doubt that someone did test this together with current Brocade Switches.

If you want to be sure that everything will work perfekt, replace the FCSM's with newer Switches. Either Intelligent pass thru modules or Brocades opt. 32R1812

Cheers .. Michi

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Re: Is the Brocade 5300 compatable with the IBM BladeServer E 2-Port Fibre Channel Switch?

Hi fc020397,

--->>>So if the Brocade 5300 switch should work with this old device you have to put the Brocade in interop mode.....

I'm sorry to say but your statement is incorrect.

The workaround you mention here to set the Brocade 5300 in Interop-Mode, will not work as follow reason.

FOS 6.x support only ( excepted Native IM0 Mode ) IM 2 and IM 3 as McDATA Native mode and McDATA Open Fabric Mode,

and QLogic Switches cannot be set as Native McDATA Fabric or Open Mode.

The Only way to Connect QLogic to Brocade is to set as G_Port, but the Fabric work very unstable, see here in the community you will find several Threads.

We tested already almost all QLogic switches in Interop-Mode with Brocade, and i know the result.

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