ViPR 2.1 - Configure and add a Brocade switch to ViPR
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When you add a Brocade switch to ViPR, ViPR discovers and registers the Brocade fabrics with the switch. Through discovery of the Brocade switch topology, ViPR can identify the hosts and storage systems connected through the same switch. This allows ViPR to automatically build the connectivity between the hosts and storage systems when you run a provisioning service, such as "Creating a block volume for a host."
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You can add switches to ViPR at anytime. If, however, you are setting up the virtual data center for the first time, complete the steps in Step by Step: Set UP a ViPR Virtual Data Center.Back to Top
ViPR requires that EMC Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE) is installed. For supported versions, see the EMC ViPR Support Matrix on the EMC Community Network (community.emc.com).
CMCNE can be downloaded from EMC Support Zone (https://support.emc.com).
- CMCNE must be installed on a different host than the storage system SMI-S provider. CMCNE uses the same port as the SMI-S provider, and therefore causes a port conflict if CMCNE and the SMI-S provider are installed on the same machine.
- The SMI Agent (SMIA) must be installed and started as part of the CMCNE installation. Click here for instructions to validate that the SMI Agent was installed correctly with CMCNE.
- CMCNE must have access to the switches with administrator privileges and the account must be configured with privileges to discover SAN topology, and to activate, create, and delete zones and zonesets..
- Use the CMCNE UI to prediscover the fabrics.
- You must have created the necessary fabrics that will be used by ViPR, assigned the ports to the fabrics, and configured any ISL links needed to connect a fabric between multiple switches.
- It is highly recommended that you implement redundant connections among ISL connections, so that the failure of a single ISL link does not partition fabrics.
- ViPR has no restrictions on the number of fabrics.
- You do not need to create zones.
To ensure your routing is configured correctly for ViPR support, see ViPR Fibre Channel Routing Support with Brocade SwitchesBack to Top
To validate that the SMI Agent was installed with the CMCNE installation, enter the CMCNE IP address in a browser to go to the EMC Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition start page.
- If the SMIA provider was installed with
CMCNE, a link to start the
CMCNE SMIA configuration tool appears in the start page as demonstrated in the following image.
- If a link to start the
CMCNE SMIA configuration tool does not appear in the start page if it was not installed with
CMCNE, as demonstrated in the following image.
If the SMIA is installed, and not functioning as expected, check the C:\<installation path>\cimom\server\logs\smia-provider.log file for any errors.Back to Top
Before you begin
- When adding the switch, you must use the log in credentials for the EMC Connectrix Manager Converged Network Edition (CMCNE) currently being used to manage the switch. The CMCNE log in credentials must have administrator privileges to the switch, and the account must have been configured with privileges to discover SAN topology, and to activate, create, and delete zones and zonesets.
- The CMCNE log in credentials, which will be used to add the Brocade switch to ViPR must have administrator privileges to the switch, and the account must have been configured with privileges to discover SAN topology, and to activate, create, and delete zones and zonesets.
The following steps describe how to add the Brocade switch to ViPR using the ViPR UI. To use the REST API to add a Brocade switch to ViPR refer to Add Network Systems (Fabric Managers) and SAN Networks to ViPR Using the ViPR REST API article.
- Go to the page.
- Click Add.
- Select Brocade for the type of switch.
- Type the SMI-S host address for the switch.
- Enable or disable SSL.
- Leave the default, or type the SMI-S port.
- Type the credentials for an account that has administrator privileges to the SMI-S provider.
ViPR discovers, and registers the Brocade switch and associated fabrics. The Physical Assets> Fabric Manager page displays the Brocade switch and the Physical Assets> Networks page displays the Fabrics.
Optionally, you can configure the fabrics using the following procedures:
- Deregister Brocade fabrics from ViPR networks.
To exclude the fabric from being used as a resource n a ViPR service.
- Assign storage ports and host ports to Brocade fabrics in the ViPR networks.
To specify the storage and host ports that ViPR will use for connectivity during provisioning. By default, ViPR selects the ports to use for connectivity between the storage and hosts during provisioning. However, if you specify the ports, ViPR uses those ports for connectivity during provisioning.
- Only System Administrators can deregister Brocade fabrics from ViPR networks.
- When you add the associated Brocade switch to ViPR from the Fabric Manager page, ViPR discovers, and registers the associated fabrics, and the Networks page displays them.
- You can deregiser, but not delete fabrics from the ViPR networks.
- Select .
- To deregister a fabric in the list, select it.
- Click Deregister.
Before you begin
- Only System Administrators can assign storage and host ports to fabrics in the ViPR networks.
- ViPR adds, discover, and registers, fabrics when the associated Brocade switch is added to ViPR from the Fabric Manager page.
- You can assign storage ports, or host ports, or both to a fabric. ViPR uses whichever ports you have assigned to the fabric, when the fabric is used for a provisioning service. If you have not assigned ports to the fabric, ViPR automates the assignment of ports to the fabric when you provision storage to the host.
- Go to the page.
- Click the network name to open the Edit Fibre Channel Network page.
- Add storage ports to the network. Click:
- to select from the list of discovered array ports.
- to enter the storage ports manually.
- Add host ports to the network. Click:
- to select from the list of discovered host ports.
- to enter the host ports manually.
- Click Save.