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  • Technical Market ing Solut ions Guide

    Nimble Storage SmartStack

    Getting Started Guide for

    Fibre Channel Connectivity

  • N I M B L E S T O R A G E S M A R T S T A C K T E C H N I C A L M A R K E T I N G G U I D E 2

    Document Revision

    Date Revision Description (author)

    4/28/2015 1. 0 Draft release (Steve Sexton)

    6/04/2015 1.1 QA and TSE review (Steve Sexton)

    7/09/2015 1.2 Additional QA and SE review (Steve Sexton)

    THIS TECHNICAL REPORT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND MAY CONTAIN

    TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS AND TECHNICAL INACCUURACIES. THE CONTENT IS PROVIDED AS

    IS, WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND.

  • N I M B L E S T O R A G E S M A R T S T A C K T E C H N I C A L M A R K E T I N G G U I D E 3

    Nimble Storage: All rights reserved. Reproduction of this material in any manner whatsoever without the

    express written permission of Nimble Storage is strictly prohibited.

  • N I M B L E S T O R A G E S M A R T S T A C K T E C H N I C A L M A R K E T I N G G U I D E 4

    Table of Contents AUDIENCE ............................................................................................................................................................................. 6 ASSUMPTIONS ........................................................................................................................................................................ 6 LIMITATIONS AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS ................................................................................................................................. 7

    CONFIGURING UCSM SERVICE PROFILE SETUP ........................................................... 7

    VHBAS: ................................................................................................................................................................................ 7 VNICS: ................................................................................................................................................................................. 7 NETWORK CABLING ................................................................................................................................................................. 7

    UCS FC TOPOLOGY CONFIGURATION ......................................................................... 8

    UCS FC OPERATION MODE ....................................................................................................................................................... 8 NIMBLE STORAGE FIRMWARE, CISCO UCS FIRMWARE, AND HOST DRIVER REQUIREMENTS .................................................................... 9

    OPTION 1 - NIMBLE STORAGE CONTROLLERS CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO THE FABRIC INTERCONNECTS (LOCAL ZONING) ............................................................................. 9

    OPTION 2 - NIMBLE STORAGE CONTROLLERS ATTACHED TO A STANDARD FC SWITCH WITH FABRIC INTERCONNECTS IN FC END HOST MODE. ........................................... 28

    OPTION 3 - NIMBLE STORAGE CONTROLLERS ATTACHED TO AN ACCESS LAYER SWITCH (E.G., NEXUS 5K) WITH INTERCONNECTS IN FC SWITCH MODE. ................... 40

    SUMMARY ............................................................................................................... 53

    Table of Figures Nimble Storage controllers connected directly to the Fabric Interconnects (local zoning)

    Figure 1 Equipment Tab FI Operation Mode ....................................................................................... 9

    Figure 2 FC direct attach with local zoning enabled .......................................................................... 10 Figure 3 FC mode type for FC local zoning ....................................................................................... 10 Figure 4 Verify Unified port type (FC or Ethernet) ............................................................................ 11 Figure 5 Verify Unified port type (FC or Ethernet) ............................................................................ 11

    Figure 6 WWN pool sequential setup .................................................................................................. 12

    Figure 7 WWN pool block setup ......................................................................................................... 12

    Figure 8 WWPN pool A sequential setup ............................................................................................ 13 Figure 9 WWPN pool A sequential setup ........................................................................................... 13 Figure 10 WWPN pool B sequential setup .......................................................................................... 14 Figure 11 WWN pool A sequential setup ........................................................................................... 14 Figure 12 WWNN / WWPN pool summary ....................................................................................... 15

    Figure 13 create vHBA for FI-A ......................................................................................................... 16 Figure 14 create vHBA for FI-B ......................................................................................................... 17 Figure 15 Service Profile vHBA summary ......................................................................................... 17

    Figure 16 Nimble Storage target port WWPN .................................................................................... 18

  • N I M B L E S T O R A G E S M A R T S T A C K T E C H N I C A L M A R K E T I N G G U I D E 5

    Figure 17 Creating FC boot policy ..................................................................................................... 19

    Figure 18 creating boot policy (identify vHBAs) ............................................................................... 20 Figure 19 creating boot policy (identify target WWPNs for FC5.1) .................................................. 21

    Figure 20 creating boot policy (identify target WWPNs for FC6.1) .................................................. 21 Figure 21 creating boot policy (identify installation media) .............................................................. 22 Figure 22 Identify target endpoints for local zoning .......................................................................... 22 Figure 23 Identify target endpoint connectivity for FI-A (VSAN 100) .............................................. 23 Figure 24 Identify target endpoint connectivity for FI-B (VSAN 200) .............................................. 23

    Figure 25 Create vHBA initiator group for fc0 .................................................................................. 24 Figure 26 Create vHBA initiator group for fc0 (summary) ................................................................ 25 Figure 27 Create vHBA initiator group for fc1 (summary) ................................................................ 26 Figure 28 vHBA FC login status ........................................................................................................ 26 Figure 29 Nimble Storage FC session list............................................................................................ 27

    Figure 30 Map installation media for OS install ................................................................................. 27

    Nimble Storage controllers attached to a standard FC switch with FIs in FC End Host mode

    Figure 31 FC End Host mode topology with upstream switches ........................................................ 28 Figure 32 FC End Host mode topology with upstream switches ........................................................ 28 Figure 33 Configuring unified port type ............................................................................................. 29

    Figure 34 Configuring Dual VSAN configuration ............................................................................. 30 Figure 35 Configuring FC Uplink interfaces ...................................................................................... 30

    Figure 36 Creating a WWNN sequential pool .................................................................................... 31 Figure 37 Creating a WWNN block ................................................................................................... 31 Figure 38 Creating a WWPN sequential pool for FI-A ...................................................................... 32

    Figure 39 Creating WWPN block for FI-A ........................................................................................ 32

    Figure 40 Creating a WWPN sequential pool for FI-B ...................................................................... 33 Figure 41 Creating a WWPN block for FI-A ...................................................................................... 33 Figure 42 WWNN / WWPN summary ............................................................................................... 34

    Figure 43 Create vHBA fc0 ................................................................................................................ 34 Figure 44 Create vHBA fc1 ................................................................................................................ 35

    Figure 45 Service profile summary ..................................................................................................... 35 Figure 46 Nimble Storage target WWPN listing ................................................................................ 36

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