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To control which hosts can access which subsystems, SFSS allows the ability to soft-zone subsystems and hosts. NVMe IP SANs do not require single initiator or single target zoning. Similar to Cisco SmartZoning or Broadcom Peer Zoning, SFSS zones contain groups of host ports and the storage ports they access. The figure below shows four host ports accessing the same two storage ports. As a result, it is logical to put these hosts and storage ports in the same zone. To avoid wasting system resources on both the host and the storage subsystem, the number of storage ports accessible by a host should be minimized.
NVMe IP SANs do not require single initiator or single target zoning. Similar to Cisco SmartZoning or Broadcom Peer Zoning, SFSS zones contain groups of host ports and the storage ports they access. The figure below shows four host ports accessing the same two storage ports. As a result, it is logical to put these hosts and storage ports in the same zone. For more detail on zoning, see the SmartFabric Storage Software User Guide.
To avoid wasting system resources on both the host and the storage subsystem, only zone host interfaces to a limited number of storage ports. Each host interface will access two PowerStore interfaces - one on Node A, and one on Node B.
The high-level steps are as follows:
- Create Zone Group
- Create Zone
- Add Members
- Activate zoning
The steps below explain how to create a zone for Endpoints in SAN A. In this example, Zone Z-NVMe-SAN-A is in Zone Group ZG-NVMe-SAN-A in CDC Instance 1.
This example shows ESXi and PowerStore hosts, but the same configuration steps apply to all endpoints, including Linux and PowerMax.
To create a Zone Group:
- Reopen the Quick Start Wizard, click the 5. Zoning configuration card, and then click Configure Zoning Policy. The wizard will take you to the Zoning tab of the CDC most recently accessed.
- Confirm that you are in the intended CDC.
- Click Configure > CREATE.
- In the Create Zone Group window, provide a name for the zone group. Note: This example uses ZG-NVMe-SAN-A.
- Click SUBMIT. The newly created zone group displays.
- Under Zones of ZG-NVMe-SAN-A, click the + CREATE button.
- In the Zone Name field, enter a zone name. This example uses Z-NVMe-SAN-A for the zone name.
- Click SUBMIT. The new zone displays under the Zones of ZG-NVMe-SAN-A.
- Click to select radio button next to the new zone.
- Click UPDATE MEMBERS.
- In the Available Endpoints section, ensure that the default FullQualifiedName is selected in the drop-down. This option provides more information about the hosts listed. Both Host and Subsystems are selected by default.
- Select all the SAN A Endpoints. In this example, five hosts and two subsystems for SAN-A (network 172.18.21.0/24) are selected.
- Click >. All the selected endpoints are shown in the Zone members list.
- Click SUBMIT. The Success message displays, and the state of the zone group is NotActive.
- Click ACTIVATE.
- In the dialog box that opens, click ACTIVATE.
The Success message displays, and the Status changes to Active.
- Verify zoning in the Endpoints tab and the Topology tab.
- For each SAN, repeat steps 2 to 5 of the Quick Start Wizard until all zoning is complete. Any future changes to zoning will require the Zone Group to be reactivated.