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NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

  • 1.  NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 10:15 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    I am studying for Vmware VCP and I would like to do NPIV with Virtual Machines. I have managed to identify HBAs that are compartible for the LAB (QLogic 2462) My main issue is on the switch. Since this is a LAB, I am looking at a low-cost switch. I have read thta Brocade Silkworm 3250 does support NPIV, Now on the otherside , Brocade calls this Access Gateway and there is no material about Access Gateway for the 3250.

    I know that I can run the portCfgNPIVPort command on a 3250 FC switch to enable the port for NPIV. Does this mean that once this port is enabled, I can connect an NPIV HBA on my Vmware ESX Host and have the virtual HBAs pass through to the Storage?

    If that is the case then, it looks as if it is much better than switches that implement Access Gateway, because they actually loose the Switch mode.

    Please attached.


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  • 2.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 11:06 AM

    3250 and 3850 not support neither AG= Access Gateway, nor NPIV.

    AG was introduced with Brocade 200


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  • 3.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 11:25 AM

    Please help me understand the Page 16 of the following IBM document a)

    . Brocade models 3014, 3250, 3850, 3900, and 24000 have NPIV support defaulted OFF and it must be activated

    on a port by port basis. All other models support NPIV by default.

    Find the URL: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpapers/pdfs/redp4342.pdf

    Regards

    netbairro


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  • 4.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 11:36 AM

    with other word to avoid confusion on my preview Post, NPIV is enable by Default but not as AG Mode since AG is not supported by 3250

    BTW, i believe the feature NPIV was supported native by FOS 5.0.x and above.


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  • 5.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 01:15 PM

    We seem to be on the same page now,

    So the 3250 DOES NOT support the Access Gateway feature (It CANNOT operate as Access Gateway)

    But, it (3250) has a function to activate NPIV as of FOS 5.0.x. How is this NPIV used if you can help clarify.


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  • 6.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-02-2013 07:35 PM


  • 7.  Re: NPIV for Vmware ESX LABs

    Posted 03-03-2013 04:51 AM

    Thank you,

    Going back to my initial question,

    I know that I can run the portCfgNPIVPort command on a 3250 FC switch to enable the port for NPIV. Does this mean that once this port is enabled, I can connect an NPIV HBA on my Vmware ESX Host and have the virtual HBAs pass through to the Storage?


    Can I use the Silkworm 3250 FC Switch with the correct FOS eg, v5.3.1b to run a lab for Vmware ESXi NPIV?




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