ViPR 2.2 - Configure and Add a Brocade Switch to ViPR

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Configure and add a Brocade switch overview

ViPR System Administrators can learn about ViPR support requirements, prerequisite information to prepare Brocade switches for ViPR integration, and the steps to add and configure the Brocade fabric networks in ViPR.

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.

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Configuration requirements and recommendations

Your Brocade switch should meet the following system requirements and be configured as follows before adding the switch to ViPR.

Software requirements

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).

Routing requirements

To ensure your routing is configured correctly for ViPR support, see ViPR Fibre Channel Routing Support with Brocade Switches.

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Validating CMCNE SMI Agent installation

The SMI Agent (SMIA) must have been installed and started as part of the CMCNE installation.

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.

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Add a Brocade switch to ViPR

Only System Administrators can add a switch to ViPR

Before you begin

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 the Add Network Systems (Fabric Managers) and SAN Networks to ViPR Using the ViPR REST API article.

Procedure

  1. Go to the Physical Assets > Fabric Managers page.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Select Brocade for the type of switch.
  4. Type the SMI-S host address for the switch.
  5. Enable or disable SSL.
  6. Leave the default, or type the SMI-S port.
  7. Type the credentials for an account that has administrator privileges to the SMI-S provider.
  8. Click Save.
    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.
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Fabric (network) configuration

After you add the Brocade switches to ViPR, ViPR discovers and registers the associated fabrics, and the Physical Assets > Networks page displays them.

Optionally, you can configure the fabrics using the following procedures:

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Deregister Brocade fabrics from ViPR networks

Deregister the Brocade fabrics that will not be available to ViPR for use in a service.

  • 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.

Procedure

  1. Select Physical Assets > Networks.
  2. To deregister a fabric in the list, select it.
  3. Click Deregister.
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Assign storage ports and host ports to Brocade fabrics in the ViPR networks

Optionally, add storage ports, and host ports to a Brocade fabric to define the connectivity that ViPR uses when you provision storage to the hosts.

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.

Procedure

  1. Go to the Physical Assets > Fabric Managers page.
  2. Click the network name to open the Edit Fibre Channel Network page.
  3. Add storage ports to the network. Click:
    • Add > Add Array Ports to select from the list of discovered array ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the storage ports manually.
  4. Add host ports to the network. Click:
    • Add > Add Host Ports to select from the list of discovered host ports.
    • Add > Add Ports to enter the host ports manually.
  5. Click Save.
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