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Connecting FC disk shelves


Hello everybody,


After the our current system refresh we have our older system (6240) and 12 FC disk shelves. Considering that I have more than enough FC ports per each filer (12) I decided  to have 6 loops and with 2 shelves each to mizimize the bandwith with MPHA connectivity


However it means using ea, eb, ec, ed chassis ports which are for hosts/switch connectivity. We never used them in past because our environement is NFS and iSCSI only. 


My question - can I connect shelves to those ports, or some reconfiguration is needed as well?


Once again - we do not intend to use FC in our envirounment and we would like to use all FC ports available in those filers for shelf connecitvity only.





Re: Connecting FC disk shelves


The onboard ports would need to be set as initiator ports to use with disk shelves. They should be able to be either target or intiiator - although some models limit this. I've had a look to see if I can find documentation either way but couldn't see anything at the moment. Probably be easier to just give it a try.

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