How to connect and configure this SAN storage to servers+

I was given a task to setup and configure the SAN storage. This is a HP P2000 MSA with dual FC controller, a brocade-base 24-port SAN switch, 2 HP DL380p Gen8 server, each with dual-port HBA card.

Understand that the SAN storage can has a "direct-connect" to both servers. If 2 SAN switches are in use, a connection is also straightforward. But, now only a single SAN switch was purchased. How to connect this switch in between SAN storage and 2 servers?
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MichaelBalackAsked:
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LHT_STCommented:
what model of san switch is it?
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi LHT_ST,

On the purchase list, it shows "HP 8/8 base E-Port switch", a 24-port san switch. After the open the box for the switch, I saw a brochure named " Brocade 300 quick start guide". A CD named EZSwitch setup is attached.
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andyalderCommented:
Zoning is the same with one switch as it is with two, use initiator based zoning so pretend ports 1-12 are switch 1 and ports 13-24 are switch 2. Then physically connect ports 1 and 13 to the SAN, ports 2 and 3 to the servers' (top/left etc) ports and connect ports 14 and 15 to the servers' (bottom/right) ports. Then create 4 zones, one for each initiator port and put the relevant target ports in those zones. You will end up with 4 zones with just two WWNs in each of them.

Physically the cabling is the same as the two-switch example in the user guide if you take a felt pen and draw a line down the middle of the ports. It doesn't stop the single switch being a SPOF of course.
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andyalderCommented:
BTW, with only 8 ports licensed you can still use any ports you like, you're not restricted to ports 1-8 but you are restricted to 8 ports maximum in use.
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LHT_STCommented:
yep andyalder typed quicker than me!

plug port 1 server 1 into port 1 switch , port 2 server 1 into port 12
plug port 2 server 2 into port 2 switch, port 2 server 2 into port 13
plug storage in as per servers ensuring you get connections spread across the top and bottom row of ports.

Zone everything up - imagine row 2 is a separate switch and it should make sense.

You will of course have reduced resiliency as failure of this switch will take down all connections.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi all,

a bit confused here. Let's focus on the connectivity.

Let's assume the san switch breaks into 2, 1-12 as switch 1, and 13-24 as switch 2. Server 1 port 1 to switch port 2, and server 1 port 2 to switch port 14; server 2 port 1 to switch port 3, and server 2 port 2 to switch port 15.

this is using a dual-controller, so there are 4 FC ports. Shall i connect 2 FC ports or 4 FC ports to the san switch?
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LHT_STCommented:
Unless you bought additional licensing you will only have 8 ports available on the switch  so if you do the math you can connect 2 ports per server leaving four ports remaining.

If you bought the additional licensing and have more ports available then this obviously doesn't apply
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andyalderCommented:
2 ports per server plus 2 for the SAN only leaves two spare, but doesn't matter for now.
Adapted from manual shows the cabling (I pinched it from the manual, it originally had 2 off 8 port switches but I added a box around it to make it one big switch and put another 8 ports in the middle to make it a 24 port switch.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Andyalder,

So only the 2 ports (A0 and A1) of SAN controller 1 (top) is connect? No connections for SAN controller 2 (bottom)?
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Andyalder,

I think you mentioned it in your previous reply:

 Then physically connect ports 1 and 13 to the SAN, ports 2 and 3 to the servers' (top/left etc) ports and connect ports 14 and 15 to the servers' (bottom/right) ports.
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LHT_STCommented:
If you only connect the top ports you can only use one controller the other controller won't have any connections, if you have four spare after the servers you may as well use all four on the storage.
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andyalderCommented:
Oops sorry, yes all 8 port licenses will be in use. There are 4 cables in each side of the switch in the drawing, the one with dotted lines represents the paths lost by a failed controller.

It would actually be better to leave the switch in the box and directly connect the two servers, there wouldn't be a SPOF.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi andyalder,

I hope I can, but, since the switch is already purchased, we have to use it.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi andyalder,

Now, I gradually get what you trying to reach. Let's re-shuffle the thing again...

2 servers, server 1 has 2 FCs - server1_P1 and server1_P2. server 2 has server2_p1, and server2_p2.
SAN storage has dual controllers, that labels A0, A1 (top), and B0, B1 (bottom).

SAN switch breaks into 2 switches, port 1 - 12 for switch 1, and port 13 - 24 for switch2.

As for the FC connections,

SAN storage Labels A0, B1, Server1_P1, and Server2_P1 connected to SAN switch Port 1, port2, port3, and port 4, respectively.
SAN storage Labels A1, B0, Server1_P2, and Server2_P2 connected to SAN switch Port 13, port14, port15, and port 16, respectively.

On SAN switch, configure Port 1, 2, 13, and 14 as L-port, and port 3, 4, 15, and 16 as F-port.

Configure 4 zones - zone 1 combine members of port 1, 2 and 3; zone 2 combines members of port 1, 2 and 4; zone 3 combines members of port 13, 14, and 15; and zone 4 combines members of port 13,14, and 16.

Please correct...
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andyalderCommented:
All ports remain F Ports on the switch, you don't have to change anything there, the default is correct.

Connections and zones you listed are correct.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi andyalder,

You mean ports 1, 2, 13, and 14 have to be f ports as well?
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andyalderCommented:
You leave them all as universal ports and they negotiate to F ports when it all starts up. There's no arbitrated loop involved, that's only used if you connect without switches.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi andyalder,

After forminig the zoning and others. Now I powered down and powered up all the devices and server. I am using MS windows 2012. Now, in the disk management,  I saw up to 8 unallocated disks are there. What went wrong? Do i have to configure the MPIO?
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
that the problem on MPIO of MS Windows server 2012. I called up HP support, and eventually problem resolved by typing "mpclaim -n -I -a", and reboot the server. After that I saw the exact number of LUN allocated for the server.
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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Many many appreciation on showing steps in very detailed way.
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andyalderCommented:
Sorry I wasn't here to help with the MPIO problem, had a busy day... car then hovercraft then tube train then bus then home again, first time I've been on a bus in years.

BTW, think LHT_ST deserved some points, they did point out I'd missed two connections in the description.
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