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Create Fibre Channel Gateway Service and Fabric Profiles

You can configure Fibre Channel (FC) gateways on data center switching devices by using an FC Gateway Service profile or by using a combination of other profiles.

An FC Gateway Service profile provides a quick way to configure FC gateways on data center switching devices. An FC gateway configuration has some default settings that cannot be modified. For example, you cannot specify any CoS settings for the FC gateway; only the default settings are available.

If you want to configure an FC gateway that does not meet the requirements of the FC Gateway Service profile, you can use a combination of other profiles to configure the components of the FC gateway and assign them to the appropriate devices, ports, and profiles. These configurations might include, CoS on the FC gateway, FCoE VLANs, FC and Ethernet ports as FC gateway, and FC Gateway Fabric profiles.

Creating FC Gateway Service Profiles

To create an FC Gateway Service profile:

  1. While in Build mode, select Wired > System > FC Gateway Service from the Tasks pane.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Enter the settings for the FC Gateway Service profile as described in Specifying Settings for an FC Gateway Service Profile.
  4. Click Done.

After you create an FC Gateway Service profile, you must assign it to ports on the data center switching devices that you want to include in an FC gateway. You must assign the profile to at least one FC port and at least one Ethernet or aggregated Ethernet interface on the device. In a QFabric fabric, an FC gateway cannot span multiple nodes. For information about the FC Gateway Service profile assignment, see Assigning an FC Gateway Service Profile to Ports.

Creating Fabric Profiles

A Fabric profile contains configuration settings for a gateway FC fabric. You assign Fabric profiles to QFX Series devices that act as an FCoE-FC gateway, to configure gateway FC fabrics.

A gateway FC fabric is a QFX Series configuration construct. It is not the same thing as an FC fabric in the storage area network (SAN); the gateway FC fabric is local to the switch. It creates associations that connect FCoE devices with converged network adapters (CNAs) on the Ethernet network to an FC switch on the Fibre Channel network. A gateway FC fabric consists of:

  • A unique fabric name and a unique fabric ID.
  • At least one dedicated VLAN for FCoE traffic.
  • At least one FCoE VLAN interface (Layer 3 VLAN interface) that includes one or more 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces connected to FCoE devices.
  • One or more native FC interfaces.

To create a Fabric profile:

  1. From the Network Director Banner, select Build mode.
  2. In the Tasks pane, select Wired > System > Fabric.
  3. Click Add.

    The Create Fabric Profile page appears.

  4. Enter settings for the Fabric profile as described in Specifying Settings for a Fabric profile and click Done.

After you create a Fabric profile, you can assign it to a QFX3500 device in standalone mode or to a QFabric Node. A Fabric profile contains configuration settings for a gateway Fibre Channel (FC) fabric. You can assign an existing user-created or system-created Fabric profile to devices and FC ports to configure FC fabrics, using the steps described in Assigning a Fabric Profile to Devices and Ports topic.

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Modified: 2016-12-18