When having todo zoning in Brocade world you still have to use an old java GUI client. Not always easy to open the GUI since not all Brocade switches have been updated and therefore all kinds of java security will prevent you from doing your job. With CLI we can skip the GUI and get to business instant.
CLI config does also have the great advantage to be sort of self-documentation 🙂 Here we will look a bit into doing what I would call basic zoning. A new device has been added to your fiber channel fabric and you need to create a zone for the new WWN and the storage system.
Adding ssh key
This is, in my opinion, a good thing to set up, makes it way easier for you to log in the next time. Off-cause is not optional, but a great advantage.
The public ssh key is gathered from a system that allows SSH-based logins. See below for info on how to set it up.
SAN-SW-03:admin> sshutil importpubkey Enter user name for whom key is imported:admin Enter IP address:10.1.100.20 Enter remote directory:/home/username Enter public key name(must have .pub suffix):username.pub Enter login name:username firstname.lastname@example.org's password: public key is imported successfully.
Below you first see the syntax, and afterward the actual command used in production.
# Syntax alicreate “ALIAS_NAME”, “WWPN” # Production command alicreate "dc2esxmgmt1_11", "50:01:43:80:31:80:50:98"
# Syntax zonecreate "ZONE_NAME", "WWPN_alias_1;WWPN_alias_2" # Production command zonecreate "dc2storv5030_dc2esxmgmt1_11", "dc2esxmgmt1_11;dc2storv5030_01_01_p1v;dc2storv5030_01_01_p2v;dc2storv5030_01_02_p1v;dc2storv5030_01_02_p2v"
Add zone to config
cfgadd “fabric1”,”dc2storv5030_dc2esxmgmt1_11" SAN-SW-03:admin> cfgsave WARNING!!! The changes you are attempting to save will render the Effective configuration and the Defined configuration inconsistent. The inconsistency will result in different Effective Zoning configurations for switches in the fabric if a zone merge or HA failover happens. To avoid inconsistency it is recommended to commit the configurations using the 'cfgenable' command. Do you want to proceed with saving the Defined zoning configuration only? (yes, y, no, n): [no] yes Updating flash ...
Enable new config
SAN-SW-03:admin> cfgenable fabric1 You are about to enable a new zoning configuration. This action will replace the old zoning configuration with the current configuration selected. If the update includes changes to one or more traffic isolation zones, the update may result in localized disruption to traffic on ports associated with the traffic isolation zone changes. Do you want to enable 'fabric1' configuration (yes, y, no, n): [no] yes zone config "fabric1" is in effect Updating flash ...
It’s easy to do basic fiber channel zoning. The only thing that I miss from the GUI, and haven’t found yet, is a view to see all discovered WWN and then choose the WWN to the new alias you create. The server management system, in this case, shows the WWN name of the FC adapter and it’s easy to copy-paste into CLI commands.
So if you don’t have HPE OneView or some other fancy FC provisioning tool then you know how a basic and lowkey way of doing it.
And again, did I mention that when using CLI it basically document itself? 😉