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Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

 
shaheerkm08
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Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

Hi,

We have a SAN Fabric which has 2 Brocade SAN switches cascaded together. Now we got a new CISCO SAN switch which need to be added to this fabric. Is this a possible configuration? If yes, then please let me know how to do it?

Thanks a lot,
Shaheer
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Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

Hi:

Short answer... yes.

The SAN Design guilde usually has the information you are looking for...


" http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00403562/c00403562.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN "

Check out Part II.

Also, the direct guide..

" http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00758719/c00758719.pdf "


Steven
Steven Clementi
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Sivakumar MJ._1
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Re: Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

Yes, cisco switches can be added to Brocade fabric using interoperability mode and IVR which supports routing between all interop mode VSANs. Before you do the merge, take the Switch Configuration backup from both the Brocade switch, keep both your brocade switch firmware same and check the compatabiltiy of the MDS version.

Document refered by Steven Clementi gives you all the information you required.


shaheerkm08
New Member

Re: Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

Hi,

Thanks a lot for your attention on this. But when I went through the documentation I realized that changing the existing SAN switch [it was HP Storage Works 4/16 switch, by mistake I wrote it as Brocade, sorry for that] to interop mode will destroy the current zone config. Also, I did not see any option to backup the zone config in the zone config wizard. Is there any way to do this without disrupting the existing zones.

Thanks,
Shaheer
Steven Clementi
Honored Contributor

Re: Integrating CISCO SAN Switch to an existing Brocade SAN Fabric

How are your zones configured currently?

Changing the interop mode shouldn't effect things that drastically.


Typically, the 4/16 designation refers back to a Brocade SAN Switch. You can confirm by telling use the firmware version on the switch and/or posting a screenshot of the web gui.

As for backing up the config, in the java gui... you can "download" the configuration from the Switch Admin gui or via telnet.

Return the firmware version and more specific instruction will be provided.


Steven
Steven Clementi
HP Master ASE, Storage, Servers, and Clustering
MCSE (NT 4.0, W2K, W2K3)
VCP (ESX2, Vi3, vSphere4, vSphere5, vSphere 6.x)
RHCE
NPP3 (Nutanix Platform Professional)