And now for something completely different – Storage with Brocade

So as attrition has struck and we have lost staff, I am now taking over Storage duties.  It’s a switch right, it should work just like a network switch.  That is the thinking of people above me, I think they have been away from hands on work for too long. I understand iSCSI, that’s simple.  This FC stuff, I have a bit of a curve in front of me.

First order of the day….  Assess where we are and if we need a firmware update to maintain our pci compliance.  Nothing like getting thrown in and going from there.  Well at least I know we have Brocade Swithces so I am starting off with at least one advantage.   So after finding the username and password to log into them, I then needed to find out what version we had.  This website was invaluable in determing that:

If you scroll down to the comments someone has updated with the later versions, but I put the instructions here just as a quick look along with the meanings of the different Switchtypes.

Open web browser at http://hostname of switch/SwitchInfo.html

While I am surprised about the amount of information that is given away for free, I am glad that it is at least available for me to help me out.

Scroll down till you see in List of Ports: switchType:    xx.x

Switch Type Switch Name translation for xx.x
1 Brocade 1000 Switches
2,6 Brocade 2800 Switch
3 Brocade 2100, 2400 Switches
4 Brocade 20×0, 2010, 2040, 2050 Switches
5 Brocade 22×0, 2210, 2240, 2250 Switches
Switch Types and Product Names
Generated by Jive SBS on 2011-01-06-07:00
7 Brocade 2000 Switch
9 Brocade 3800 Switch
10 Brocade 12000 Director
12 Brocade 3900 Switch
16 Brocade 3200 Switch
17 Brocade 3800VL
18 Brocade 3000 Switch
21 Brocade 24000 Director
22 Brocade 3016 embedded Blade Switch
23 8Gbit 10-port embedded fabric switch
26 Brocade 3850 Switch
27 Brocade 3250 Switch
29 Brocade 4012 Embedded Blade Switch
32 Brocade 4100 Switch
33 Brocade 3014 Switch
34 Brocade 200E Switch
36 Brocade FR4-18i Director Blade
37 Brocade 4020 Embedded Blade Switch
38 Brocade 7420 SAN Router
40 Fibre Channel Routing (FCR) Front Domain
41 Fibre Channel Routing (FCR) Xlate Domain
42 Brocade 48000 Director
43 Brocade 4024 Embedded Blade Switch
44 Brocade 4900 Switch
45 Brocade 4016 Embedded Blade Switch
46 Brocade 7500 Switch
Switch Types and Product Names
Generated by Jive SBS on 2011-01-06-07:00
47 Brocade FC4-16IP Director Blade
50 Brocade 4GB FC Port Blade
51 Brocade 4018 Embedded Blade Switch
55 Brocade FA4-18i Extension Director Blade
55,2 Brocade 7600 Switch
58 Brocade 5000 Switch
62 Brocade DCX Backbone
63 Brocade 8Gb Backbone Core Fabric Switch
64 Brocade 5300 Switch
66 Brocade 5100 Switch
67 Brocade Encryption Switch
68 Brocade 8Gb 16 FC 2 GigE ports Director Encryption
69 Brocade 5410 Blade
70 Brocade 8GB 10 Port Embedded Fabric Switch
71 Brocade 300 Switch
72 Brocade 5480 Embedded Blade Switch
75 Brocade M5424 Embedded Blade Switch
76,6 Brocade 8000 FCoE Switch
77,3 Brocade DCX-4S
82 Brocade 8Gb 24-port Embedded Blade Switch
83 Brocade 16-FC port, 6-GE port, auto sensing 1, 2, 4 or
8Gbit Switch
86 Brocade 8Gbit 26-port embedded Switch
88 Brocade 10Gb 24 GigE ports DCE Blade
Switch Types and Product Names
Generated by Jive SBS on 2011-01-06-07:00
89 Brocade 8Gb 12 FC, 1Gb 10 GigE FCIP Blade, 10Gb 2
GigE ports FCR
Now at least I am off and running to the Brocade site to find out exactly how many versions I am back.
I also needed to determine the serial number so as I found out that “?” didn’t do anything for me, I then tried “help” and that listed all of the commands on the switch quite a few.  I figured the command had to start with switch, chassis, or hardware.  I looked through and was able to find this command:
Luckily this gives me everything I need now and can open my support case or get access to the support site to find the information for myself.

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