Adding/Removing ESXi hosts to Brocade Fabric Switch Cli (6500 series)

SAN zone create for Brocade 6500 series switch using the CLI commands

We have two new ESXi hosts that need storage mapping to our Dell Compellent SAN SC8000s. Each ESXi host is dual port 8Gb HBAs. We have two separate fabric zones (FabricA and FabricB). This way in a HA fail-over only one switch needs to be powered on because each ESXi host is mapped to both fabric zones.

If you have a dual port HBA you need to repeat these steps for both WWN. We have them split into two zones FabricA and FabricB. WWN: 10:10:00:10:9b:c6:0b:c9 is FabricA and WWN: 10:10:00:10:9b:c6:0b:ca FabricB. Each Fabric has its own switch.

Step 1. Create the FC-Alias For Zone

switch# alicreate "ESXi_Alias", "10:10:00:10:9b:c6:0b:c9"

Step 2. Create the Zone

switch# zoneCreate "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias", "SAN_VirtualPorts; ESXi_Alias"

Step 3. Add Zone to config

switch# cfgadd "FabricA", "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias"

Step 4. Save the Zone configuration

switch# cfg save

Step 5. Enable the Zone

switch# cfgenable FabricA
switch# cfgshow
Now repeat these steps for the other Zone for dual port HBAs.

Step 1. Create the FC-Alias For Zone

switch# alicreate "ESXi_Alias", "10:10:00:10:9b:c6:0b:ca"

Step 2. Create the Zone

switch# zoneCreate "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias", "SAN_VirtualPorts; ESXi_Alias"

Step 3. Add Zone to config

switch# cfgadd "FabricB", "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias"

Step 4. Save the Zone configuration

switch# cfgsave

Step 5. Enable the Zone

switch# cfgenable FabricB
switch# cfgshow




To remove object it's pretty much the reverse order. Start by removing Zone members first from the Zone configuration

Step 1. Remove member from Zone configuration

switch# cfgremove "FabricA", "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias"

Step 2. Delete the Zone

switch# zonedelete "SAN_Controller_Alias_ESXi_Alias"

Step 3. Remove Alias

switch# alidelete "ESXi_Alias"

Step 4. Save the Zone configuration

switch# cfgsave

Step 5. Enable the Zone

switch# cfgenable FabricA
switch# cfgshow

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