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zoning best practice

 
Lode
Occasional Advisor

zoning best practice

I am new to san zoning and I would like to know how to zone the following configuration with 2 fabrics: (see attachment)

* 1X DL360 (backup server) with dual port HBA with HP dataprotector
* 1X DL380 server with dual port HBA
* 1X MSL 4048 with 1 FC connection connected to fabric A
* 1X EVA 4400


How many zones do I need to allow access from the DL380 to the EVA4400 and to allow backup via HP dataprotector on the DL360 to the EVA4400.

I think the following, is this correct?

Zones for access from servers to storage:

ZONE_DL380_FABRIC_A: DL380_HBA1 + EVA_CTRL1_Port1 + EVA_CTRL2_Port1

ZONE_DL380_FABRIC_B: DL380_HBA2 + EVA_CTRL1_Port2 + EVA_CTRL2_Port2

ZONE_DL360_FABRIC_A: DL360_HBA1 + EVA_CTRL1_Port1 + EVA_CTRL2_Port1

ZONE_DL360_FABRIC_B: DL360_HBA2 + EVA_CTRL1_Port2 + EVA_CTRL2_Port2

Zones for backup:

BACKUPZONE1_FABRIC_A: DL360_HBA1 + MSL4048

BACKUPZONE2_FABRIC_A: EVA_CTRL1_Port1 + EVA_CTRL1_Port2 + MSL4048

any other suggestions?

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AWilliams_1
Trusted Contributor

Re: zoning best practice

Mostly OK, my only question is why do you have a zone for the tape drive and the EVA. The backup traffic will flow across the network from the DL380 to the DL360 then across the fabric to the tape drive. The tape drive does not need to see the EVA.
Terri Harris
Honored Contributor

Re: zoning best practice

The zoning looks good although (depending on what you are trying to do) I agree with the first posting.
Are you planning on using the MSL to backup the EVA?
Lode
Occasional Advisor

Re: zoning best practice

Yes I am going to backup the EVA with the MSL.
That's why I thought the MSL needs to see the EVA.

Is this necessairy?

One other question about the DL380 zones.
As a best practice you should use single HBA zones.
So 1 HBA port and 1 storage port.
Do I need to create 2 zones? or can I put both storage ports in the same zone toghether with 1 HBA?




Lode
Occasional Advisor

Re: zoning best practice

anybody can answer my questions?

* Do I need a zone with the MSL and the EVA?
* Can I put 2 EVA controller ports in the same zone toghether with 1 server HBA?

I am also wondering if the DL380 does not need to see the MSL? For example if I have a SQL server running on it and i want to backup the SQL databases to tape.
I read that DP only initiates the sql agent and that backup is taken directly from SQL server to MSL.
Is this correct?

Armin Kerl
Frequent Advisor

Re: zoning best practice

Hi Lode,

* Do I need a zone with the MSL and the EVA?

No, there is no direct Communication between EVA and MSL.
(Unless you have a XCopy Feature on your FC_Switch what enables you to do a Serverless-Backup)
- Leave the ZONE_DL*** as the are
- In the BACKUPZONE put your Backup Server and the MSL4048 (BACKUPZONE1 is fine, BACKUPZONE2 is not needed)

* Can I put 2 EVA controller ports in the same zone toghether with 1 server HBA?

Yes
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: zoning best practice

> * Can I put 2 EVA controller ports in the same zone toghether with 1 server HBA?
>
> Yes

The bugs in the EVA-4400 firmware have not been fixed, yet. If you want to reduce a potential source for system instability, implement single-initiator / single-target zones for the EVA-4400 (=one adapter port and one EVA port per zone).
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Lode
Occasional Advisor

Re: zoning best practice

Thanks for the reply.

And how about my last question for the SQL backup using the sql server agent?



AWilliams_1
Trusted Contributor

Re: zoning best practice

SQL server backup:
The SQL agent basically scripts a SQL database dump before running the backup. It also does a backup of the transaction logs.

Backup is still across the network, so the MSL does not need to see the EVA.