Zoning the FC switches

ONTAP uses N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) for FC data. To connect hosts to the cluster, you must use 16-Gb FC switches and you must zone the FC switches by the WWPNs of the initiator and target ports.


  1. Create one zone for each initiator port (single initiator zoning).
  2. To each zone, add all FC logical interfaces (LIFs) on target ports connected to the same FC switch as the initiator (a minimum of two ports per node).
  3. Save and activate the new zones.