Category Archives: Brocade

FOS version 9 – Gen 7 Fibre-Channel is here

Yahooo… (No not the company) FOS version 9 is here. The one that starts to support Gen 7 (64/256 Gbit) Fibre Channel. Now, just in case you’re getting [..]

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PortFencing – the hard or soft way?

As you can read in my previous articles (here, here and here) having a physical issue on any of you FC links is detrimental to your entire FC [..]

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Dynamic connectivity overview in “switchshow” output

In a Brocade environment the “switchshow” is one of the most used commands out there. It provides a quick overview of what the state of the switch is, [..]

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The DCX man has retired.

In 2008 Brocade announced the 8G director class switches DCX and DCX-4S. A rather impactful release of a new piece of hardware where the next generation FC ASIC [..]

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Crackdown on FOS support

If you’ve read my articles over the last decade or so you’ve seen I’m keen on maintenance. Both from a physical hardware as well as software perspective a [..]

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BNA before 14.4.1 is no longer supported

I’ve already mentioned that BNA was End-of-Life and will/is (be) replaced by SANNav. As of the time of this writing any BNA version older than 14.4.1 is no [..]

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Initiator, Target, Both or None ??

Whenever you’ve encountered an output of a nameserver entry you may have come across the phenomenon that the fabric has no clue what the attached device is. For [..]

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FOS 8.2.1 – the one that is required.. or not?

Like clockwork Brocade releases new FOS version around every 6 months. No news here. FOS 8.2.1 is however a release you may need to pay special attention to [..]

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When to replace an SFP

Maybe the title should be “When to NOT replace an SFP” as I see in many occasions it is seen as a first option of fixing problems. In [..]

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FOS 8.2.0 – The first Broadcom FOS release.

With the transition to Broadcom the Brocade entity now operating under that flag has release it’s first major release 8.2.0. The release notes show a somewhat strange title: [..]

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