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Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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This might have already been answered.

But,

I have a UCS vBlock the switch has NPIV enabled and the FI on the UCS are NPV enabled.  What I nned to do is enable another Cisco switch 9500 series outside the vBlock with NPIV and fport-channel to allow ports on the vBlock to connect to another VNX5600 array which is also outside the vBlock. 

It should all be non-disruptive- I am hoping?


With everything within the UCS already NPV and NPIV enabled, I am thinking that all I have to do on the Cisco 9500 is:

config t

enabled NPIV - feature npiv

enabled fport-channeltrunk - feature fport-channel-trunk

create the port group

     interface port-channel xx

     channel mode active

     switchport mode F

     switchport rate-mode dedicated

Configure and add interfaces to port-group

     interface fcx/xx

     channel-group xx  force

     no shutdown

Add port-channel xx to vsan database

vsan database

     vsan xxx interface port-channel xx

copy run start

Then configure UCS with a correct ports in a group.

Still working on this.

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Re: Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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yes, you will need to have matching VSANs on UCS. That also means you will need to configure additional UCS profiles, i can't remember if they are called vHBA templates ..so that specific blades will be connecting to specific VSANs.

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Re: Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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wouldn't you need to setup a different VSAN for the 9500 and UCS  to force UCS blades to login to specific switch ?

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Re: Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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What I am thinking is, Partially "yes".

Not knowing the UCS side as well.

Current vsans on UCS are 100 and 110 to the MDS9148 vBlock switches using 4 ports on each FI in a group.

I believe I would have to configure a vsan on the UCS to match the current vsan on the MDS9500 (i.e. vsan 10), ensuring that 4 additional ports on UCS FI's are in that group.


Feel free to shoot holes in this.

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Re: Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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yes, you will need to have matching VSANs on UCS. That also means you will need to configure additional UCS profiles, i can't remember if they are called vHBA templates ..so that specific blades will be connecting to specific VSANs.

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Re: Cisco Npiv and fport-channel trunk quetion

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Yes, From what I am reading and being told by our VM/UCS Engineers you are correct.

Thanks for the feedback, concerning the connectivity from MDS to UCS.

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