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Brocade 300 Setup Help

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Just received my first two fiber switches that I am going to be setting up.  I have never setup a fiber switch before so I apologize for any mediocre/stupid questions.

With that said, I have two Brocade 300 (HP Storage Works 8/24) switches.  I also have 2 HP B Series Fiber switches in my c7000 chassis.  I have gotten as far as connecting the b series switches to each of the 300's (300's are not connected to each other directly).  If I don't create any zones, a server I am using to test connectivity can see our T120 Spectralogic tape drive. The strange thing is it is seeing two medium changers and 4 drives even though I only have one medium change and two drives.  So this leads me to believe something isn't right.

In addition, I have tried to create two zones.  A storage zone and a backup zone.  I can create the alias, zone, and zone config, but upon applying my test server doesn't see the T120 anymore.  I am hard zoning so that the first 8 and last 6 ports are the storage zone and the middle 10 ports are the backup zone.  I have confirmed that the server is plugged into a port in the same zone as the T120, but still no go.

In addition, I have a question about having a server cabled to a single fiber port, and that port being able to see devices in both my storage and backup zone.  Can a single port be in two different aliases, and therefore two different zones?

So to sum it up, my questions are:
1)  What do I need to do to successfully connect the four switches together (perhaps this is already done as I see all 4 switches under my Fabric when I log into the switch)?
2)  What do I need to do to correctly configure the zones?
3)  Can a single port be in two different aliases, and therefore two different zones?
Max SandoStorage Engineer

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