Integrating Cisco MDS 9124 switches with Nexus 5500sPosted: October 28, 2013
I wanted to take a short minute and document the addition of a few Cisco MDS 9124s to our test lab at work. The purpose of the addition in the test lab is just to show the functioning and capabilities of the devices to work together. See my previous post on configuring native FC over a Nexus 5548 and 5596. The FC-specific portions of the MDS config are very similar to the Nexus line. Here’s what the middle state looks like. I haven’t taken the time to move the NetApp FC links to the MDS switches yet (or the UCS FC links instead), but the port provisioning process will be similar to those already documented in this post and the Nexus post. The Visio of what’s configured is below followed by my MDS configuration notes.
switchname NSC-MDS-1 int mgmt0 ip address 192.168.1.6 255.255.255.0 switchport speed 100 switchport duplex full ip default-gateway 192.168.1.1 ssh key dsa force line console !set timeout in minutes to what client requires exec-timeout 15 exit line vty !set timeout in minutes to what client requires exec-timeout 15 exit show port-license show license usage show module vsan database vsan 100 vsan 100 name FABRIC-A vsan 1 suspend exit fcdomain distribute fcdomain domain 20 static vsan 100 fcdomain commit vsan 100 zone mode enhanced vsan 100 no zone default-zone permit vsan 100 device-alias mode enhanced device-alias commit int port-channel 60 exit int fc1/1 - 2 switchport rate-mode dedicated channel-group 60 force no shutdown exit interface port-channel 60 switchport mode E switchport trunk mode on vsan database vsan 100 interface port-channel 60 exit interface port-channel 60 switchport trunk allowed vsan 100 no shutdown fcdomain restart vsan 100