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Zoning - Help

  • 1.  Zoning - Help

    Posted 10-31-2019 12:09 PM
    Dear All,

    I am quite new to FC setup.

    But i thought FC Zoning was kind of the equivalent of Vlan on an Ethernet switch.

    I.e i have
    2 HPE MSA San storage boxes
    2 HPE / Brocade FC Swithes
    9 Host servers

    I connected each host server with one FC cable to each FC switch
    also connected each of the MSA with 2 cables from each switch

    created two zones, where one zone contains 1 of the msa boxes and 4 hosts
    one zone with the other msa box and 3 hosts

    However, i can see all 9 host servers in the MSA boxes

    Should zoning not prevent the msa from seeing hosts in the zone it is not a member of?

    Here is my zoning setup :

    i-08-swfc01:root> zoneShow
    Defined configuration:
    DB; WEB
    zone: DB 1,0; 1,1; 1,2; 1,8; 1,9
    zone: WEB 1,3; 1,4; 1,5; 1,6; 1,10; 1,11

    Effective configuration:
    zone: DB 1,0
    zone: WEB 1,3

    Any input is much appreciated!


  • 2.  RE: Zoning - Help

    Posted 11-01-2019 12:55 PM
    My guess is that your MSA storage has an interface in each of the zones. Although the individual interfaces would be limited to seeing just what is in their zone, the storage unit would see all servers.

    General Zoning Comments

    The domain index zoning (zoning by port) is typically only used for FICON (mainframe) and occasionally disk mirroring. Zoning in open systems environments is nearly always by WWN. Most people assign an alias to a WWN and zone by alias rather than WWN. Furthermore, in your zones, all the servers can see each other which is not good. You should either create individual zones with one server and one storage or use peer zoning with the storage as the principal and the servers as the members.

    Field Applications Engineer