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Configuring a Physical Fibre Channel Interface

 

When you configure the switch as an FCoE-FC gateway, you must configure either 6 or 12 of the physical interfaces as native FC interfaces. Native FC interfaces connect to the storage area network (SAN) FC switch.

You can configure ports xe-0/0/0 through xe-0/0/5 as fc-0/0/0 through fc-0/0/5, and ports xe-0/0/42 through xe-0/0/47 as fc-0/0/42 through fc-0/0/47 to create blocks of native FC interfaces. You cannot individually configure a single port as a native FC interface. Within these port blocks, you cannot mix FC interfaces with Ethernet interfaces. All of the ports in a block must be either native FC interfaces or Ethernet interfaces.

You can configure:

  • Six native FC interfaces by configuring either ports xe-0/0/0 through xe-0/0/5 as fc-0/0/0 through fc-0/0/5, or ports xe-0/0/42 through xe-0/0/47 as fc-0/0/42 through fc-0/0/47.

  • Twelve native FC interfaces by configuring ports xe-0/0/0 through xe-0/0/5 as fc-0/0/0 through fc-0/0/5 and ports xe-0/0/42 through xe-0/0/47 as fc-0/0/42 through fc-0/0/47.

  • No native FC interfaces by leaving ports xe-0/0/0 through xe-0/0/5 and ports xe-0/0/42 through xe-0/0/47 in their default state as Ethernet interfaces.

  • To configure physical FC interfaces using the CLI, specify the physical port block you want to configure on the switch as native FC interfaces:

    [edit chassis]

    user@switch# set fpc fpc pic pic fibre-channel port-range port-range-low port-range-high



    For example, to configure six native FC interfaces, you can configure ports 0 through 5 as physical FC interfaces:

    [edit chassis]

    user@switch# set fpc 0 pic 0 fibre-channel port-range 0 5



    To configure 12 native FC interfaces requires two separate statements:

    [edit chassis]

    user@switch# set fpc 0 pic 0 fibre-channel port-range 0 5

    user@switch# set fpc 0 pic 0 fibre-channel port-range 42 47