Zoning Brocade switches Putting it all together

I wanted to conclude my Brocade zoning posts by discussing a couple of best practices. Two issues I have seen in the real world are inconsistent and non-descriptive names, and a lack of configuration backups. Using descriptive names such as “Fabric1Switch1Port8” or “AppServer1Port1” makes the output quite a bit more readable, which is extremely helpful when you are trying to gauge the impact of a faulty initiator or SFP at 3am.

Backing up the configuration on a switch is super easy to do, and there are a number of tools available to automate this process (I have written pexpect scripts to do this). To perform a manual backup of a switch configuration, you can run the “configupload” utility:

Fabric1Switch1:admin> configupload
Server Name or IP Address [host]:
User Name [user]: matty
File Name [config.txt]: switch1config.txt
Protocol (RSHD or FTP) [rshd]: ftp
upload complete

This will prompt you for the IP of a server to write the configs to, as well as the name of the file to write the configuration to. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Brocade switches over the past few years, and really enjoy the simplicity and power that they provide in their CLI. Nice!

This article was posted by Matty on 2009-07-05 09:11:00 -0400 EDT