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Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

 
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Clayton Ginsburg
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Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

Hi,

I am trying to connect our new SAN switch to our older san switch, but I am receiving an error "port 19, incompatible flow control parameters (2)."

I am very new to configuring switches

here is the truncated output of switchshow from our current(working) SAN switch

switchName: fc_switch1
switchType: 9.2
switchState: Online
switchMode: Native
switchRole: Principal
switchDomain: 1
switchId: fffc01
switchWwn: 10:00:00:60:69:51:30:31
switchBeacon: OFF
Zoning: ON (one_cfg)
port 0: id N2 Online E-Port (incompatible)


here is the output of the newer san switch
swd77:admin> switchshow
switchName: swd77
switchType: 72.3
switchState: Online
switchMode: Native
switchRole: Principal
switchDomain: 2
switchId: fffc02
switchWwn: 10:00:00:05:1e:78:3b:66
zoning: ON (one_cfg)
switchBeacon: OFF

Area Port Media Speed State Proto
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19 19 id N2 Online E-Port segmented,(Op Mode incompat)
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Prokopets
Respected Contributor

Re: Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

Hi!
can you post firmware version of your both switches and the model of an old one?
Clayton Ginsburg
Occasional Contributor

Re: Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

older switch:
labeled as an FC 16-b on the switch
fc_switch1:admin> version
Kernel: 5.3.1
Fabric OS: v3.0.2f
Made on: Mon Jun 3 14:46:11 PDT 2002
Flash: Mon Jun 3 14:48:15 PDT 2002
BootProm: Tue Oct 30 10:24:38 PST 2001

newer switch:
HP B-series 8/12c SAN Switch BladeSystem c-Class

swd77:admin> version
Kernel: 2.6.14.2
Fabric OS: v6.2.0d
Made on: Wed Mar 25 18:00:47 2009
Flash: Mon Jan 11 19:21:52 2010
BootProm: 1.0.6
Sheldon Smith
HPE Pro

Re: Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

I think that also referred to as a 3800. Be forewarned, the 3800 is on HP's end-of-life list. Looking at Brocade's release notes for v6.2.0d
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=1143864&prodNameId=1143865&swEnvOID=54&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=co-69392-2
it may be possible, but first the switch needs its firmware updated to v3.2.1c which you can download from
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=315086&prodNameId=315088&swEnvOID=54&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=co-51871-1

Next question: Where did you get the new switch? While there are specific firmware versions both older and newer, "v6.2.0d" is not on HP's list of supported firmwares.

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Clayton Ginsburg
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Re: Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

Hi Sheldon,

Thank you for the excellent information. I will be checking it out later today.

The newer switch came fresh from HP as part of our recent c3000 blade enclosure order.
Sheldon Smith
HPE Pro
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Re: Connecting an HP 8/12c blade switch to an older HP 2gb switch

Good news and bad news.

The good news is, there's newer firmware for the embedded switch that will work in your environment: v6.2.0g.

The bad news, 6.2.0g appears to be the LAST version that 'talks' with the 3800s. V6.3.0 and forward do NOT list the 3800 switches as being compatible. :(

The most current firmware for your new switch, aka Brocade 5480, looks to be v6.3.1a
which is only supported with the HP StorageWorks MSA SAN Switch 2/8 running v3.2.1c. (No idea why just one and not the other related switches.)

As far as I can find, the latest supported version for the embedded switch THAT STILL SUPPORTS TALKING TO THE FC 16, aka the SAN Switch 2's, is V6.2.0g:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=3759005&swItem=co-71123-1&prodNameId=3759006&swEnvOID=54&swLang=13&taskId=135&mode=4&idx=0

It's time to look at replacing the FC 16-b. As far as I can see, Brocade dropped support for the 3800s back around December '09. The v6.3.0 firmware and later are not supported with the 3800s.

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