ViPR 2.2 - Configure and Add a Cisco Switch to ViPR

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Configure and add a Cisco switch overview

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

When you add a Cisco switch to ViPR , ViPR discovers and registers the Cisco VSANs with the switch. Through discovery of the Cisco 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."

This article is part of a series

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

You will need the following information and your Cisco switches must be configured as follows before the switch can be added and used in ViPR.

Cisco versions supported by ViPR

For supported versions, see the EMC ViPR Support Matrix on the EMC Community Network (community.emc.com).

Cisco switch login credentials

Obtain the login credentials to use when adding the Cisco switch to ViPR. The account must have privileges to provision (configure the mode of zone, zonesets, and VSAN) and to show the FCNS database.

Configuration requirements

Configure the switch as follows before adding it to ViPR:

Configuration recommendations

It is highly recommended, but not required that you:

Cisco switch routing requirements

To ensure your routing is configured correctly for ViPR support see ViPR Inter-VSAN Routing Support with Cisco Switches.

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Add a Cisco switch to ViPR

Only System Administrators can add a switch to ViPR

The following steps describe how to add the Cisco switch to ViPR using the ViPR UI.

To use the REST API to add a Cisco switch to ViPR refer to 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. Type a switch name.
  4. Select Cisco MDS for the type of switch.
  5. Type the host address for the switch.
  6. Leave the default, or type the switch port.
  7. Type the credentials for an account that has administrator privileges to the switch.
  8. Click Save.
    ViPR discovers, and registers the Cisco switch and associated VSANs. The Physical Assets> Fabric Manager page displays the Cisco switch and the Physical Assets> Networks page displays the VSANs.

After you finish

Each VSAN you configured to work with ViPR should be visible from at least one registered switch in ViPR. If multiple registered switches have access to the same VSAN, ViPR will take the switches directly connected to the storage port being zoned as the control point to add or remove zones.

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VSAN (network) configuration

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

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

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Deregister Cisco VSANs from ViPR networks

Deregister the Cisco VSANs that will not be available to ViPR for use in a service.

  • Only System Administrators can deregister Cisco VSANs from ViPR networks.
  • When you add the associated Cisco switch to ViPR from the Fabric Manager page, ViPR discovers, and registers the associated VSANs, and the Networks page displays them.
  • You can deregiser, but not delete VSANs from the ViPR networks.

Procedure

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

Optionally, add storage ports, and host ports to a Cisco VSAN to define the connectivity that ViPR uses when you provision storage to the hosts. When no one assigns ports to the VSAN, ViPR automatically assigns the ports when the storage is provisioned to the hosts.

Before you begin

  • Only System Administrators can assign storage and host ports to VSANs in the ViPR networks.
  • ViPR adds, discover, and registers, VSANs when the associated Cisco switch is added to ViPR from the Fabric Manager page.
  • You can assign storage ports, or host ports, or both to a VSAN. ViPR uses whichever ports you have assigned to the VSAN, when the VSAN is used for a provisioning service. If you have not assigned ports to the VSAN, ViPR automates the assignment of ports to the VSAN.

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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