Configuring basic switch settings on a Brocade DCX 8510-8 switch

You must configure basic global settings, including the domain ID, for Brocade switches.

About this task

You must perform the steps on each switch at both MetroCluster sites. In this procedure, you set the domain ID for each switch as shown in the following examples: In the previous example, domain IDs 5 and 7 form fabric_1, and domain IDs 6 and 8 form fabric_2.
Note: You can also use this procedure to configure the switches when you are only using one DCX 8510-8 switch per site.

Using this procedure, you should create two logical switches on each Brocade DCX 8510-8 switch. The two logical switches created on both Brocade DCX8510-8 switches will form two logical fabrics as shown in the following examples:


  1. Enter the command mode: configure
  2. Proceed through the prompts:
    1. Set the domain ID for the switch.
    2. Keep selecting Enter until you get to RDP Polling Cycle, and then set the value to 0 to disable the polling.
    3. Select Enter until you return to the switch prompt.
      FC_switch_A_1:admin> configure
      Fabric parameters = y
      Domain_id = 5
      RDP Polling Cycle(hours)[0 = Disable Polling]: (0..24) [1] 0
  3. Repeat these steps on all switches in fabric_1 and fabric_2.
  4. Configure the virtual fabrics.
    1. Enable virtual fabrics on the switch: fosconfig --enablevf
    2. Configure the system to use the same base configuration on all logical switches: configurechassis

      The following example shows the output for the configurechassis command:

      System (yes, y, no, n): [no] n
      cfgload attributes (yes, y, no, n): [no] n
      Custom attributes (yes, y, no, n): [no] y
      Config Index (0 to ignore): (0..1000) [3]:
  5. Create and configure the logical switch: scfg --create fabricID
  6. Add all ports from a blade to the virtual fabric: lscfg --config fabricID -slot slot -port lowest-port - highest-port
    Note: The blades forming a logical fabric (e.g. Switch 1 Blade 1 and Switch 3 Blade 1) need to have the same fabric ID.
    setcontext fabricid
    <configure the switch per the above settings>
    switchname unique switch name