I previously talked about creating aliases on Brocade switches, and am going to use this post to discuss zone creation. Zones allow you to control initiators and targets can see each other, which enhances security by limiting access to devices connected to the SAN fabric. As previously discussed, we can assign an alias to each initiator and target. Once an alias is assigned, we can create a zone and add these aliases to it. Brocade managed zones with the zone* commands, which are listed below for reference:
zoneadd - Add a member to an existing zone zoneCopy - Copy an existing zone zonecreate - Create a new zone zoneDelete - Delete a zone zoneRemove - Remove a one from the configuration zoneRename - Rename a zone zoneShow - Show the list of zones
To create a new zone, we can run the zonecreate command with the name of the zone to create, and the list of aliases to add to the zone:
Fabric1Switch1:admin> **zonecreate "CentOSNode2Zone1", "NevadaPort1; CentosNode2Port1"**
Once the zone is created, we can view it with the zoneshow command:
Fabric1Switch1:admin> **zoneshow "CentOSNode2Zone1"** zone: CentOSNode2Zone1 NevadaPort1; CentosNode2Port1
Now that we have a zone, we need to add it to the switch configuration and then enable that configuration. I will discuss that in more detail when I discuss managing Brocade configurations.