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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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4.5. Fibre Channel Port Types

Fibre Channel defines several port types based on the topology of the SAN and the device on which the port exists. The various different types of ports are summarized in Table 4.2.

To simplify life for SAN administrators, device vendors typically build logic to let the port configure itself. The order in which such configuration is attempted is as follows:

Table 4.2. Fibre Channel Port Types
Port TypeDevice on Which It Can ExistDescriptionPort Types That Can Connect to This Type
FFabric switchFabric-capable only. Never a source or destination for data; acts as middleman to allow two devices to communicate.N
FLFabric switchCan connect to loop only. Provides connectivity between a Fibre Channel loop and a fabric-switched ...

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