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Multihop FCoE to Server in vPC + NPV/NPIV

If you’re like me and had a difficult time at first understanding how to present separate VSAN fabrics to a server in a single vPC, I hope this post helps you out. I’ll be covering this exact scenario, as well as multihop FCoE with Nexus 5K switches in two topologies – Without NPV/NPIV and with NPV/NPIV. (more…)

Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) for CCIE DC

Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) is a tunneling protocol used to connect FC networks across IP networks, such as a WAN. It uses TCP with the DF bit set. Being that this is IP storage, it is only supported on the MDS platform. The basic configuration is straight forward, but be aware that there are lots of configurable tweaks.  In this blog post I’ll be going through the configuration of several FCIP topologies, feel free to follow along.  At the end I’ll post a quick template. (more…)

FC Security for CCIE DC – Fabric Binding

Fabric binding ensures that switches configured in the fabric binding database are permitted to connect to the switch. If a switch tries to join the fabric, and that switch is not in the fabric binding database, access is denied.  Fabric binding is configured on a per-VSAN basis. (more…)

FC Security for CCIE DC – FC-SP / DHCHAP

Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) provides the capabilities for Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DHCHAP) to authenticate switches and/or hosts attempting to enter the fabric. The terms FC-SP and DHCHAP are used interchangeably. Unlike most FC feature, DHCHAP is not configured on a per-VSAN basis. (more…)

Fibre Channel (FC) Basics for CCIE DC

When first looking at the blueprint for the CCNA/CCNP/CCIE Data Center track, one of my biggest fears was storage. My entire career thus far has been based on traditional IP data networks, not storage networks. I’m used to things like MAC addresses and IP addresses, not WWPNs and FCIDs. This is a completely foreign technology to most Network Engineers. You have to think back, at some point we were young and hopeful CCNAs-to-be, we knew nothing, but that didn’t stop us! Intimidation is over-rated, so throw fear aside and know that persistence always wins. (more…)

FabricPath for CCIE DC

We’re all cut from the same cloth, or in other words, fabric. It only makes sense that we connect with each other in the most immediate way, with all lines of communication open and inviting. In this blog post I’ll be looking at FabricPath, it’s purpose and how it pertains to the CCIE Data Center lab exam. I’ll also run through a configuration, observing behaviors along the way. For those just looking for a sample config, a full config is provided at the bottom of this post. (more…)