HowTo Setup a Brocade Switch (DS-300B)

Introduction
As a first step, a Broadcom Fibre Channel Switch has to be configured using a serial cable to set it’s IP address. After this step, all further configuration can be done using a Java Applet over any existing network connection.

Setup Assistant: http://ipaddress/ezsetup.html
Switch Manager (basic view): http://ipaddress/
Web Tools (advanced view): http://ipaddress/switchExplorer.html

Network Setup
Until August 2011, Brocade has no Windows 7 compatible Setup Software available.

  • Connect the Swich to Power Input
  • Connect WinXP Notebook with Serial Cable to Serial Port
  • Connect Notebooks LAN and Brocade Management LAN to Management Switch
  • Use the CD from the Brocade Package Box to install the Setup Software
  • Setup Software starts automatically after Installation
  • Choose Serial Connection to Setup Switch, this takes about 3 minutes to find
  • Set IP address, subnet and gateway
  • Software sends configuration to the Switch and finishes

At the end, it is not necessary to use the wizard to proceed, so select custom and exit.

Switch Setup

  • Browse to the Web Tools URL for advanced view (see Introduction of this document)
  • Login using USER “admin” and PASS “password”
  • Select “Switch Admin” to open the switch configuration menu

Enter the following information:

  • Tab “Switch”, Field “Name” à Switchname like “HOUSW9x”, click “Apply”
  • Tab “Network” à check if IP configuration is configured right
  • Tab “User”, User Name “admin” à “Change Password”, after change click “Apply”
  • Click on “Close”

Fabric Zoning

  • Browse to the Web Tools URL for advanced view (see Introduction of this document)
  • Login using USER “admin” and PASS “password”
  • Select “Zone Admin” to open the switch configuration menu
  • Expand “Ports & Attached Devices”
  • Click on “New Alias” and create an Alias for each Port using this naming scheme:
  • A_HOUESX001_PCI1 à means “Alias for HOUESX001 HBA in PCI Slot 1”
  • Select the WWN for each Port by expanding the Port multiple times, Add the last member with a WWN to the Alias
  • Select the “Zone” Tab
  • Click on “New Zone” and create an Alias for each Zone using this naming scheme:
  • Z_HOUESX001_PCI3_CX_SPA1 à means “Zone for HOUESX001 PCI1 to CX SPA Port 1”; you have to create two zones per server to connect each SP.
  • BZ_NS_Blade2_ML6000_TapeDRV0 à means “BackupZone for NS Blade 2 to Tapelibrary Drive 0”; you have to create zone each Blade to each Drive.
  • Select the “Zone Config” Tab
  • Click on “New Zone Config” and create a config with the following name convention:
  • C_SAN_Houston_20110809_comment
  • Click on “Save config” and when commited “enable config” and select the new created configuration from the dropdown list

Zoning done.

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