Getting Started with the IBM 2109 M12 FICON Director

Book description

This IBM Redbooks publication discusses how to install, tailor, and configure the IBM 2109 M12 FICON Director, in conjunction with the FICON topologies supported by IBM eServer zSeries (800, 900, and 990) and 9672 Generation 5 and Generation 6 servers. We focus on the hardware installation, as well as the software definitions needed to provide connectivity for the supported FICON environments.

This book provides planning information and FICON Director setup information. We also include helpful utilities for monitoring and managing the IBM 2109 M12 FICON Director.

This document is intended for system engineers, SAN administrators, and system programmers who will plan and install IBM 2109 M12 FICON Directors. A good background in systems planning, hardware and cabling infrastructure planning, and zSeries I/O definitions (HCD or IOCP), as well as Fibre Channel or FICON Directors, is assumed.

Table of contents

  1. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  2. Preface
    1. The team that wrote this redbook
    2. Become a published author
    3. Comments welcome
  3. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Basic Fibre Channel terminology
    2. FICON overview
      1. FICON channel architecture
      2. FICON channel support
    3. FICON channel topology
      1. Switched point-to-point configuration
      2. Cascaded FICON Director configuration
  4. Chapter 2: Technical description
    1. Introduction to the IBM 2109 M12 FICON Director
      1. Management capabilities
    2. Hardware components
      1. FICON Director base configuration
    3. Fabric Manager (FM)
      1. Fabric Manager requirements
    4. Call Home feature
    5. Secure Fabric feature
    6. Control Unit Port (CUP)
    7. ISL Trunking
    8. Port swapping
    9. Extended Fabric Activation
  5. Chapter 3: Pre-installation planning
    1. Planning considerations
    2. Physical port layout
    3. IP addressing and connectivity
    4. Switch numbering
    5. Binding and insistent domain ID
    6. Inter-Switch Link (ISL) Trunking
    7. Zoning
    8. Cables and connectors
    9. FICON channel support for zSeries and 9672 G5/G6 servers
      1. FICON channel distances
      2. FICON channel-to-control unit characteristics
  6. Chapter 4: Setting up and using Fabric Manager
    1. Installation and setup
    2. Usage options
      1. Left-side navigation tree
      2. Right-side view area
      3. Menu bar options
  7. Chapter 5: Configuring the FICON Director
    1. Setting up a FICON Director
    2. Activating the high-integrity features
    3. Building a cascaded FICON fabric
    4. Merging fabrics with secure mode enabled
    5. Setting up switch binding
    6. Port configuration
      1. Assigning port names
      2. Configuring ports
      3. Configuring ports for extended distances
    7. Zoning
      1. Creating an alias
      2. Creating a zone
      3. Defining a zone configuration
      4. Enabling a zone configuration
    8. Backing up the configuration
  8. Appendix A: Useful procedures
    1. Setting up a HyperTerminal session
    2. Altering the predefined IP addresses
    3. Installing Fabric Manager server and client applications
    4. Downloading firmware
    5. Swapping ports
    6. Configuring the Call Home feature
  9. Appendix B: Port location and addressing
    1. IBM 2109 M12 port numbering
  10. Appendix C: FICON Director configuration worksheet
  11. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Other publications
    3. Online resources
    4. How to get IBM Redbooks
    5. Help from IBM
  12. Index (1/2)
  13. Index (2/2)
  14. Back cover

Product information

  • Title: Getting Started with the IBM 2109 M12 FICON Director
  • Author(s): Bill White, Wolfgang Fries, Manfred Lindenau
  • Release date: October 2003
  • Publisher(s): IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN: None