Initial setup of Brocade DCX SAN fabric switches
This week I have been working on setting up the SAN Fabric in a new part of a clients Datacenter. Within the last week new HP EVA and HP XP storage arrays were delivered and cabled up along with several HP C7000 Blade chassis. Now that some of the core network switching has been completed I can now reach the new Brocade DCX switches that are installed. I am new to Brocade SAN switches so I will probably be writing a few posts to help me get up to speed with the setup and basic management of them.
The first that that had to be done was to assign an IP to each of the mgmt ports. Each DCX chassis has 2 mgmt ports which are CP0 and CP1 along with a Virtual IP. The virtual IP is also servers as a load balancer kind of because it allows you to point DCFM or your browser to this one IP for the Brocade switch and no matter which of the mgmt ports is active it will allow you to connect. Below I have taken a couple of basic screen shots of the IP setup and console, these were taken by using a web browser to connect directly to the switch and the Java based console opens up.
In the image below is the main console screen that gives you a lot of details about the switch. You can see the DCX series of Brocade switches is a Chassis based series and from the visual below you will see which modules are in different blade slots. This switch has 2 management cards and 2 ICL cards for linking to other chassis. From what I was told by the Brocade engineer is that to use the ICL links it requires extra licensing and is quite expensive, this client has elected to not use them at this time and we will be connecting the switches via ISL links.
The next screen is from the switch admin section. During this initial phase we are setting the Virtual IP and the two mgmt IP addresses. Along with the IP setup we also are setting the unique Domain ID for each switch. There are sure to be other settings but these were the minimum settings to get them on the network and get DCFM talking to the switches. From the image below the the IP #1 is the Virtual IP and the #2 and #3 are for the two management ports. Be sure to setup the proper gateway and subnet mask settings or you will loose network connectivity to the switch.