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Qlogic SANBox add host HBA WWN but not VMware does not see storage targets after reactivating ZONESET

Posted on 2011-09-21
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Last Modified: 2013-11-14

I have a QLogic SANBOX. I have followed the steps I found on Qlogic's site for adding a host (HBA) into a zoneset and zone. In Brocades, where I am more comfortable, you need to deactivate (disable) and reactive (enable) the zoneconfig (zoneset). When I reactivate in Qlogic, it tells me no errors are found and the zoneset becomes available but I still cannot see the storage targets presented by the array. In my Brocade fabrics, provided the default zoneconfig is all visible, disable/reenable does not interrupt I/O. in Qlogic, I get a pop up when I go to deactivate that says, this WILL interrupt I/O even though the default is set to all visible. Is this simply a disclaimer or will I truly remove storage momentarily? Is this step necessary?

Here's the instructions from Qlogic: Look at the very last entry please as it says you need not deactivate first. That's quite explicit but still, no joy. I'm not employing LUN masking at the array level. It's a Xyratex SAN array (allegedly, active active).

To configure Zoning:

1.         Create Zone Sets.

a. You can configure as many as you want (up to the limits shown later in these procedures), but only one Zone Set can be active in the fabric at any given time.

2.          Create Zones, and then place them into the Zone Sets.

3.          Place the members into the Zones.

a. You can mix and match ports, Fibre Channel addresses, and WWNs in a Zone.  Firmware versions 6.x and above support the creation of Implicit Hard Zones.  This support eliminates the need to configure Hard or Soft Zones.

4.          QLogic recommends that the SAN Fabric administrator select a single switch on which to configure all the Zoning.  Using a single switch helps the administrator find the correct Zone Set to activate. Generally, this switch should be in the center of the fabric.

5.            If this switch is stacked, the administrator should configure Zoning on the stack, which will save the same configuration to all of the switches in the stack.

6.            Access the Edit Zoning diagbox by doing one of the following:

--> Click the Zoning button on the Toolbar.

--> Click the Zoning menu, and then select Edit Zoning

On the left is the Zone Set Tree, which lists the configured Zone Sets, Zones, and members that are in this switch's database. Note the Zone Set named ORPHAN ZONES; this is always in the switch as a “trash” or “recycle” bin for zoning information.

On the right is the Member information, which shows the devices that are currently connected to the fabric.  The switches can be expanded to show the ports.  The ports with devices logged in are green and have “entry handles” to expand or collapse the Fibre Channel address and the world wide PORT

The Fibre Channel address for each device is shown, along with the WWN.  If Nicknames have been assigned, the Nickname appears instead of the WWN.

7.         From the Edit menu, select Create Members.

 a. The “Create a zone member” dialog box opens.

             b. All values must be entered in hex with no spaces or special characters.

8.            Enter the WWN of the device into the "Create a zone member" dialog box without colons. For example, it may be shown as: 21:00:00:e0:08:b0:96:b4 (the management utilities will display the WWN with colons)

9.         Add the domain/port.

a. You need to know the domain ID of the switch and the ports to which you will be connecting devices.

b. The QLogic switch uses standard Fibre Channel addressing of Domain/Area/Port.

Domain=switch ID

Area=switch port number

Port=AL_PA of the device

c. To prevent errors, SANsurfer Switch Manager has included a “sanity check” for the Zoning configuration.

10.          Click Apply.

a. The Error Check Dialog box opens. There are two buttons: Perform Error Check and Save Zoning.

11.          If you are creating Zoning fabric-wide, QLogic recommends saving changes (click Apply) early and often. Each time you click Apply, you can perform an error check to make sure that the Zoning configuration does not violate any of the Zoning rules.

12.          Close this dialog box and return to fix the errors, or click Save Zoning.

a. You are prompted to activate a Zone Set after the save is complete.

b. To have the Zones in a Zone Set applied to the Fabric, the Zone Set must be activated. To start the process, activate? go to? the faceplate display screen of the switch on which the Zone Set was configured.

13.          Do one of the following:

--> Select Activate Zoning… from the Zoning menu.

--> Right-click a Zone Set in the switch's Configured Zonesets tab.

14.          From the dialog box, select the Zone Set that you want to activate.

15.          Click the Activate button.

If the Zone Set is configured properly, a confirmation message appears.

If you want to disable Zoning, you can deactivate the Zone Set at any time from any switch in the fabric. However, this action may disrupt traffic.

Any changes you make to a Zone Set will require it to be reactivated.  You do not have to deactivate it first.
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Although I had done numerous rescans from the HBAs via vCenter, I did not see the LUNs presented until I rebooted the host. This worked for both hosts.

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