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Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of others. The BCFP guide is not intended as a substitute for classroom training or hands-on time with Brocade products.

It is organized closely around the exam objectives. We suggest this guide be used in conjunction with our free online knowledge assessment test. We hope you find this useful in your journey towards BCFP Certification, and we welcome your feedback by sending an email to jcannata brocade. Switches in AG mode are logically transparent to the host and the fabric. It increases the number of hosts that have access to the fabric without increasing the number of switches in the fabric.

This greatly increases the scalability of a fabric and simplifies configuration and management in a large fabric by reducing the number of domain IDs and ports. In order to enable Access Gateway mode on a supported switch model you must have all of the port POD licenses installed. Even under the worst congestion conditions, the Adaptive Networking features can maximize the fabric behavior and provide necessary bandwidth for high-priority, mission-critical applications and connections.

NPIV is designed to enable you to allocate virtual addresses without affecting your existing hardware implementation. The NPIV feature is enabled by default. The default setting is It can also be used to enable or disable NPIV. Once NPIV is enabled on the port, you can specify the number of logins per port. Host Bus Adapters Brocade Fabric Adapters Available in single- and dual-port models, the Brocade features Brocade AnyIO technology, making it the industrys first multiprotocol server connectivity product designed for highly virtualized, cloud-enabled data centers.

Both HBA ports must be operating at the same speed while in trunk mode. Before enabling trunking, consider the following requirements: When trunking is enabled, a trunked logical port Port 0 is created and reported per adapter. Brocade Certified Fabric Professional Gen 5 4 Brocade Communications Before enabling trunking on the adapter, you must first enable trunking on the connected switch and assign the trunk area.

Both adapter ports should be connected to the same port group on the switch. Only two ports on the same HBA can participate in trunking and both ports should be operating at the same speed. FC Trunking is supported on the dual-port cards only. MAPS enables rules-based monitoring and alerting capabilities, provides comprehensive dashboards to quickly troubleshoot problems in Brocade SAN environments.

Flow Vision enables host to LUN flow monitoring, application flow mirroring for offline capture and deeper analysis, and test traffic flow generation function for SAN infrastructure validation.

Functionality requires support by attached device, availability based on vendor functionality. Monitoring fabric-wide events, ports, and environmental parameters enables early fault detection and isolation as well as performance measurements.

The conservative policy has the highest tolerance to errors. Having this policy active and using the MAPS dashboard you may choose to move towards the moderate or aggressive policies where actions are triggered at lower thresholds. If you do not expect any errors or would have actions be taken at the lowest thresholds i. You should trunk all ports connected to the same edge fabrics. For the fixed-port switches, Virtual Fabrics can be enabled or disabled.

If there are no other links to the edge fabric from the backbone, the master port going offline may cause a traffic disruption in the backbone. Brocade Backbone Switches ICL trunking is configured on an inter-chassis link ICL between two enterprise-class platforms and is applicable only to ports on the core blades.

A single ICL does not enable trunking. Each QSFP has four ports. However, these ports cannot form a trunk with each other, but can form trunks only with corresponding ports on another QSFP.

You can have a maximum of four ports in an ICL trunk. Each core blade can have a maximum of four ICLs to a neighboring domain. The QSFP cables must be connected to the same trunk group, or cage, on each individual platform. Traffic is distributed dynamically and in order over this trunk group, achieving greater performance with fewer links. Within the trunk group, multiple physical ports appear as a single port, thus simplifying management.

Trunking is frame-based instead of exchange-based. Since a frame is much smaller than an exchange, this means that frame-based trunks are more granular and better balanced than exchange-based trunks and provide maximum utilization of links. Trunking is supported in the following configurations: Trunk links can be 2 Gbps, 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps, 10 Gbps, or 16 Gbps depending on the Brocade platform.

The maximum number of ports per trunk and trunks per switch depends on the Brocade platform. You can have up to eight ports in one trunk group to create high performance ISL trunks between switches with up to Gbps based on 16 Gbps port speed. All the ports must be adjacent to each other using the clearly marked groups on the front of the product. The following requirements apply to all types of trunking: The Trunking license must be installed on every switch that participates in trunking.

All of the ports in a trunk group must belong to the same port group. All of the ports in a trunk group must be running at the same speed. All of the ports in a trunk group must be configured for the same distance.

Brocade trunking is proprietary and not supported on M-EOS or third-party switches. There must be a direct connection between participating switches. You can disable this mode using the portcfgislmode command. Trunking is supported only on FC ports. Figure 3: Trunking Port Groups Brocade Certified Fabric Professional Gen 5 8 Brocade Communications Licensed Features Feature licenses are often part of the licensed paper pack supplied with your switch software; if not, they can be purchased separately from your switch vendor, who provides the transaction keys to activate the associated feature or features.

Each product, each feature, and each individual switch within a fabric requires its own license key.

Licences might be associated with a feature version. If a feature has a version-based license, that license is valid only for a particular version of the feature. If you want a newer version of the feature, you must purchase a new license. If a license is not version-based, then it is valid for all versions of the feature. Likewise, if you downgrade Fabric OS to an earlier version, some licenses associated with specific features of the version you are downgrading might not work.

As of Fabric OS v7. For a complete description of each license see the published release notes for the version of Fabric OS you are running. Once you have installed the license, you are given a time limit to use the feature. License capacity is equal to the number of slots. These licenses allow you to select the slots that the license will enable up to the capacity purchased and to increase the capacity without disrupting slots that already have licensed features running.

Each slot-based license key is for a single feature. Implementation uses standards-based TCP and it interoperates with regular network equipment. Using an external authentication service allows you to centralize all users and passwords on a single server, rather than having each switch maintain its own authentication database.

The following figure shows an example port mapping for the Brocade With trunking, any link within a trunk group can go offline or become disabled, but the trunk remains fully functional and no reconfiguration is required.

Because AG Trunking configuration is mostly on the edge switch, information in this section is applicable to the edge switch module and not the AG module. On the AG module, you only need to ensure that the trunking license is applied and enabled. Once MAPS is enabled it cannot be disabled. On a switch running Fabric OS 7.

If you do not make the conversion as part of the migration, you will need to configure the rules manually. Activating MAPS is a chassis-specific process, and you can activate only one chassis at a time. On a given chassis there can be multiple logical switches.

Activating MAPS will enable it for all logical switches in the chassis. Each logical switch can have its own MAPS configuration. You can create a group of objects and then use that group in rules, thus simplifying rule configuration and management.

For example, you can create a group of UNIX ports, and then create specific rules for monitoring this group. MAPS provides several predefined groups that you cannot edit or delete.

In many cases, you need groups of elements that are more suited for your environment than the predefined groups. For example, small form-factor pluggable SFP transceivers from a specific vendor can have different specifications than SFP transceivers from another vendor. For example, when monitoring SFP transceivers, you might want to create a separate group of SFP transceivers for each separate vendor.

In another scenario, some ports may be more critical than others, and so would be monitored using different thresholds than other ports. A maximum of 64 user-defined groups and imported flows combined is permitted per logical switch. User defined groups are static and can only be modified using the CLI. Default MAPS groups are dynamic and the group membership will be updated when port states change.

Changes made to groups user defined and default are seen immediately and do not require that a policy be re-enabled to take affect. Enabling and disabling actions at a global level allows you to configure rules with stricter actions, such as port fencing, but disable the action globally until you can test the configured thresholds.

After validating the thresholds, you can enable port fencing globally without having to change all of the rules.

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