I have recently started working with my NetApp SAN and VMWare 4 U3 environment. One thing I have found frustrating whilst troubleshooting is the use of WWNN/WWPN between the various components i.e. ESX hosts, FC Switch, HP virtual connect, NetApp filer. Particularly when looking at the MPIO paths on the ESX hosts it is not intuitive which head/port on a clustered filer you are looking at. Is there any way of giving these WWNN/WWPN an alias at the ESX host? I can do this on my Core Cisco MDS switch using the fcalias command which is designed for this exact purpose. It would make troubleshooting dead paths etc. so much easier!
OnCommand Insight Assure/Plan/Perform (formerly SANscreen) can pull in your Cisco configs, NetApp and VMware configs, and show all the interrelationships, along with covering a lot more use cases. Meaning, for a given ESX host, it will show you what NetApp ports it is zoned to, what paths to LUNs exist, etc. For a storage array, the ports microview will show the "friendly" name for ports, as well as having the WWPN/WWNN for each.
Thanks for the replies guys. I'll look at this software but was hoping there was something that could be done at the ESX side as I used other vendors SANs also such a HP EVA. I wish there was an industry standard for SAN topolgy discovery and aliasing. It would make life so much easier!
I've been in that boat too. If you have vCenter which I'm sure you do, take a look at the Virtual Storage Console. This may help resolve any problems that you may be looking at that stuff for in the first place. Also, if you can install OnCommand Data Fabric Manager that will help keep LUNs, controllers, ESX, VMs.... all of it straight except your WWWNs. Sorry, I can't offer anything better than that.
You are right of course. In my enviroment though I may have a single ESX hosts connected to 4 different heads and 8 different cards. Would be great if you could enter WWNN/PN aliases into a config file and have a tab in vCenter that converts the data seen on the HBA link to the aliases, Would be great for logical diagrams etc.