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1 BASCS in a Nutshell Study Guide for Exam Brocade University Revision Brocade Communications

2 Corporate Headquarters - San Jose, CA USA T: (408) European Headquarters - Geneva, Switzerland T: Asia Pacific Headquarters - Singapore T: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. ADX, AnyIO, Brocade, Brocade Assurance, the B-wing symbol, DCX, Fabric OS, ICX, MLX, MyBrocade, OpenScript, SAN Health, VCS, VDX, and Vyatta are registered trademarks, and HyperEdge, NET Health, The Effortless Network, and The On-Demand Data Center are trademarks of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., in the United States and/or in other countries. Other brands, products, or service names mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners. Notice: This document is for informational purposes only and does not set forth any warranty, expressed or implied, concerning any equipment, equipment feature, or service offered or to be offered by Brocade. Brocade reserves the right to make changes to this document at any time, without notice, and assumes no responsibility for its use. This informational document describes features that may not be currently available. Contact a Brocade sales office for information on feature and product availability. Export of technical data contained in this document may require an export license from the United States government.

3 BASCS in a Nutshell First Edition Objective: The BASCS Nutshell guide is designed to help you prepare for the BASCS Certification Exam Audience: The BASCS Nutshell self-study guide is intended for those who have successfully completed the following courses: 1. HBA 100 Brocade: Introduction to the Brocade Family of HBAs including the Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter module 2. CNA 101: Introduction to Converged Network Adapters The BASCS guide is not intended as a substitute for classroom training or hands-on time with Brocade products. How to make the most of the BASCS guide: The BASCS guide summarizes the key topics on the BASCS exam for you in an easy to use format. It is organized closely around the exam objectives. We suggest this guide be used in conjunction with our free online knowledge assessment test. To benefit from this guide, we strongly recommend you have successfully completed the above referenced HBA, CNA and Fabric Adapter Training Courses. We hope you find this useful in your journey towards BASCS accreditation, and we welcome your feedback by sending an to Joe Cannata Certification Manager 2013 Brocade Communications i

4 Table of Contents BASCS in a Nutshell First Edition... i List of Figures... iv Where do I get the course material?... 1 Table 1 - Reference Documents... 3 Administrator s Guide... 3 Installation and Reference Manual... 3 Troubleshooting Guide... 3 HBA 100: Introduction to the Brocade Family of HBAs... 3 CNA 101: Introduction to Converged Network Adapters... 3 Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter... 3 Module 1 Product Features Describe the product features for a Brocade adapters MSI-X ASIC Software NPIV SAO/QoS Ethernet QoS TRL Boot from SAN Fabric Adapter Key Features Module 2 - Installation Determine the operational state of the HBA, CNA and Fabric Adapter Installation of the CNA, HBA and Fabric Adapter Module 3 - Configuration Describe the tunable parameters on Brocade Adapters Module 4 - Manageability Use Brocade utilities to manage a server adapter Use Brocade Network Advisor (formerly DCFM) to manage a Brocade server adapter Describe performance considerations of the adapters ii 2013 Brocade Communications

5 4.4 - Perform a software upgrade on a Brocade server adapter Module 5 - Support Demonstrate knowledge of supportability features Appendix A LED Operation Brocade Communications iii

6 List of Figures Figure 1 - Leveraging Proven Technology... 4 Figure 2 - Software Downloads on Brocade.com/adapters mouse clicks 1 and Figure 3 Software Downloads on Brocade.com/adapters mouse click Figure 4 - N-Port ID Virtualization... 7 Figure 5 - HCM Virtual Ports, M05_feature_overview.pdf... 8 Figure 6 - Module 5, QOS Overview Figure 7 - Ethernet features slide from cna-ethernet.pdf Figure 8 - Jumbo Packet configuration from cna-ethernet.pdf Figure 9 - Network Priority Figure 10 - AnyIO Technology Figure 11 - SFP Media Support Figure 12 - Driver 3.0 Summary Figure 13 - CNA LEDs Figure 14 - HBA LEDs Figure Fabric Adapter LEDs Figure 16 - HBA Installation Module Objectives - M03_Installation_I.pdf Figure 17 - BCU from HBA Figure 18 - BCU in the Administrators Guide - Appendix B Figure 19 - HBA 100 Management - Overview Figure 20 - HBA 100 Management Module - Basic Port Configuration Figure 21 - HBA 100 Management Advanced Port Configuration Figure 22 HBA 100 Management - DCFM integration Figure 23 - Troubleshooting Guide - Performance Optimization, Chapter Figure 24 - Target Rate Limiting, from HBA 100 Feature Overview Figure 25 - Receive Side Scaling the CNA 101 Ethernet module Figure 26 - CNA NIC Teaming from the CNA 101 Ethernet module Figure 27 - HBA Software Installation see HBA 100 installation module Figure 28 - Driver Package Contents see HBA 100 Installation module Figure 29 - Driver Installation see HBA 100 installation module Figure 30 - Supportability Module for HBA 100 Objectives Figure 31 - Event Logs from HBA supportability module Figure 32 - HCM slide - CNA Troubleshooting module Figure 33 - BCU Supportsave from CNA Troubleshooting module Figure 34 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Fabric Adapter LED Bracket View Figure 35 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 16 Part 1 - Fabric Adapter LED Operations Figure 36- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 16 Part 2 - Fabric Adapter LED Operations iv 2013 Brocade Communications

7 Figure 37 Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Figure 19 Part - CNA Bracket View Figure 38 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 21 Part 1 - CNA LED Operations Figure 39- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 21 Part 2 - CNA LED Operations Figure 40 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Figure 20 HBA Bracket View Figure 41- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 28, - HBA LED Operations Brocade Communications v

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9 Where do I get the course material? Standard documents such as the Administrator s Guide, Installation and Reference Manual and Troubleshooting Guide are found at From this central location look for the downloads link to go to the drivers and documentation downloads page. At the bottom of the downloads page will be the links to all of the documentation. The other documents referenced in this guide are part of the HBA 100, CNA 101 and 1860 Fabric Adapter courses found at My Brocade My Education in the course catalog. If you do not have a My Brocade account, go to navigate to My Brocade, and follow the instructions to create a My Brocade account. If you are a Brocade Employee, then your standard login and password will get you into My Brocade. Once you are in the My Brocade portal, click on the My Education tab. From there you can search for the three courses you will need to complete before you take the BASCS test. Take each of these Web Based Training (WBT) Courses: 1) HBA 100: Introduction to the Brocade Family of HBAs. The HBA 100 course has two modules named HBA 100-WBT and 1860-Fabric-Adapter Here is a deep link to the course. Use this if you cannot find the course catalog using the method described above. If you have previously registered for this course and you want to take it again, the below link will not work. To retake the course go to My Brocade as described above and then to the My Education tab and you will see the courses you have previously registered for and taken. You can take these WBT courses as many times as you like at no charge. SABA Training Deep Link for HBA 100-WBT for first time registration d= terlaunchcatalog?offeringid=dowbt ) CNA 101: Introduction to Converged Network Adapters SABA Training Deep Link for the CNA 101 course for first time registrations. erid= RegisterLaunchCatalog?offeringId=dowbt Brocade Communications 1

10 Inside each of the WBT courses listed above are downloadable PDF files for each section of each course. Each student should listen to and review every WBT course section and download the PDF copies of the presentations. Where do I find the online exam? After you have completed the HBA 100 course with the Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter module and the CNA 101 course, and completed your review you can take the certification exam at the following hyperlink: The above hyperlink will take you to the Brocade online testing portal. From this page you will need to log into the system if you already have a Webassessor account. Note that if you are a Brocade Employee, this is a separate log in from your standard Brocade log in. If you do not already have a Webassessor account, you will need to create one using the create new account hyperlink on this same page. The create new account hyperlink was found in the upper right hand portion of the web page at the time of the creation of this document above the Brocade B-Wing Logo. If you have taken any Brocade exams with Pearson VUE before, please add your BRCD ID at the bottom when registering for the Brocade Accredited Server Connectivity Specialist exam in Webassessor. Contact if you have any questions about taking the exam Brocade Communications

11 Table 1 - Reference Documents Document Title Administrator s Guide Installation and Reference Manual Troubleshooting Guide HBA 100: Introduction to the Brocade Family of HBAs CNA 101: Introduction to Converged Network Adapters Brocade 1860 Fabric Adapter Document Description HCM and BCU overview, Adapter Configuration, Monitoring, Diagnostics, BCU commands appendix Adapter product overview, Hardware Installation, Software Installation per OS, Boot Code update s, LED Operation, Instance-specific and driver-level configuration parameters, MIB reference Introduction to Troubleshooting, Isolating Problems, Tools for Collecting Data (HCM, BCU, FOS commands and Host System commands), Performance Optimization Download the available PDF copies of the course material when you take this course. Download the available PDF copies of the course material when you take this course. Download the available PDF copies of the course material when you take this course Brocade Communications 3

12 Module 1 Product Features Describe the product features for a Brocade adapters You will need to be familiar with the Product Overviews for all of the Brocade adapter products. Review the Overview sections for all HBA, CNA and Fabric adapter courses MSI-X See the Brocade Troubleshooting Manual for an in depth discussion of Tuning Storage Parameters. For example, page 116 discusses the use of MSI-X. All Brocade adapters support MSI-X, an extended version of the MSI defined in PCI 3.0 Specification. MSI-X helps improve overall system performance by contributing to lower interrupt Latency and improved host CPU utilization ASIC You should understand the basic hardware platform all of the Brocade adapters are based on. For example, review the product overview sections such as the Leveraging Proven Technology section. Figure 1 - Leveraging Proven Technology Brocade Communications

13 1.1.3 Software Brocade maintains an every growing repository of Operating System files at See these screen shots and the below summary of all of the OS driver downloads supported at the time this document was published. Figure 2 - Software Downloads on Brocade.com/adapters mouse clicks 1 and 2 Figure 3 Software Downloads on Brocade.com/adapters mouse click 3 Once use the Select Operating System drop down menu at the Downloads and Documentation for Brocade Adapters web page, you will have access to dozens of driver packages and documents to download directly based on the OS you chose in mouse click 3 pictured above Brocade Communications 5

14 All HBA models include drivers for: WINDOWS Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 (x86 and x64) Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64) o Note: Windows 7 driver utilizes Windows 2008 x86 Driver package for x86 and Windows 2008 R2 Driver package for x64 Windows 8 o Brocade adapter models 1010, 1020, 1007, 1741 and 804 require a one-time configuration for Windows 8 readiness. For any server with one of these adapter models installed, please boot the server from the LiveCD before using these adapters with Windows 8. o All other Brocade adapter models are Windows 8 ready and therefore this step is not necessary. LINUX Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4, 5.6, 5.7, 6.0, 6.1 and 6.2 Novell SLES 10 SP4, SLES 10 SP3, SLES 11 and SLES 11 SP1 SOLARIS Sun Solaris 10 VMware VMware ESX 4.1 VMware ESXi 4.1 VMware ESX Brocade Communications

15 Although the driver is not provided in-box for older VMware versions such as ESX 4.0 or ESXi 4.1, Brocade s latest drivers starting at Adapter Software version are provided as In-Box for VMware ESX 5.0 using the VMware Roll Up ISO. See the download s page for VMware for more information and links. Another great reference for Software Installation by OS is detailed in Chapter 3 Software Installation and of particular note is the subsection titled Using Software Installation scripts and system commands of the Installation and Reference Manual NPIV Review the feature overview module of the HBA 100 course regarding N_Port ID Virtualization. Figure 4 - N-Port ID Virtualization A good understanding of NPIV and in particular how a vport can be created on an Adapter Port via BCU or HCM is provided in the HBA 100 feature overview module. Review the HBA 100 installation module and be sure you understand the supported methods for the various operating systems, such as for VMware Brocade Communications 7

16 Figure 5 - HCM Virtual Ports, M05_feature_overview.pdf SAO/QoS Quality of Service is a key Brocade Adapter to Brocade Switch SAN differentiator. Be sure to review the HBA 100 feature overview module and the extensive slides provided in that module. Below are a few key slides Brocade Communications

17 Figure 6 - Module 5, QOS Overview Ethernet QoS When an adapter has a CNA port QoS is handled using DCBx and CEE, with FCoE all part of Lossless Ethernet technologies. This is discussed in detail in the CNA 101 course material regarding CNA, CEE and FCoE concepts and also in the module that discusses the CNA and Ethernet concepts Brocade Communications 9

18 Figure 7 - Ethernet features slide from cna-ethernet.pdf Brocade Communications

19 Figure 8 - Jumbo Packet configuration from cna-ethernet.pdf 2013 Brocade Communications 11

20 Figure 9 - Network Priority There are also some specific switch configuration requirements to be aware of on the Brocade 8000 switch and the module containing specific minimum requirements for configuring a switch to accept converged traffic TRL Another key feature of Brocade Adapters working with Brocade Switches is the Target Rate Limiting Feature. See the slides pertaining to TRL in the HBA 100 course feature overview module. Such as the following; Brocade Communications

21 1.1.8 Boot from SAN 2013 Brocade Communications 13

22 1.1.9 Fabric Adapter Key Features Review the Fabric Adapter product feature manual specific to the 1860 Fabric Adapter hardware Brocade Communications

23 Figure 10 - AnyIO Technology 2013 Brocade Communications 15

24 Figure 11 - SFP Media Support Brocade Communications

25 Figure 12 - Driver 3.0 Summary Module 2 - Installation Determine the operational state of the HBA, CNA and Fabric Adapter Be sure you understand the LEDs. There are references to CNA LEDs in the CNA 101 hardware overview module. Also the HBA 100 course module discussing the Product Overview and the 1860 course module that discusses the Fabric Adapter hardware Brocade Communications 17

26 Figure 13 - CNA LEDs Brocade Communications

27 Figure 14 - HBA LEDs 2013 Brocade Communications 19

28 Figure Fabric Adapter LEDs Installation of the CNA, HBA and Fabric Adapter Review the installation module for HBA 100 and also the standard adapter Installation and Reference Manual and be familiar with how to install a CNA, HBA or Fabric adapter Brocade Communications

29 Figure 16 - HBA Installation Module Objectives - M03_Installation_I.pdf Module 3 - Configuration Describe the tunable parameters on Brocade Adapters You should be familiar with the BCU - Brocade Command Line utility and how you can use it for tuning various parameters on the adapter. It is a good idea to review the BCU discussion in the management module of the HBA 100 course and also there is an in depth discussion of BCU in our standard Administrators Guide Administrator s Guide Brocade Communications 21

30 Figure 17 - BCU from HBA Brocade Communications

31 Figure 18 - BCU in the Administrators Guide - Appendix B Module 4 - Manageability Use Brocade utilities to manage a server adapter There are two primary methods to manage the adapters at an element level. You can use the HCM GUI or the command line utility BCU. It is important to note that everything can be done using BCU; there are some features that cannot be done in HCM. Review each of the management modules of the HBA 100, CNA 101 and 1860 Fabric Adapter courses Brocade Communications 23

32 Figure 19 - HBA 100 Management - Overview Brocade Communications

33 Figure 20 - HBA 100 Management Module - Basic Port Configuration 2013 Brocade Communications 25

34 Figure 21 - HBA 100 Management Advanced Port Configuration 4.2 Use Brocade Network Advisor (formerly DCFM) to manage a Brocade server adapter Another key differentiator for Brocade Adapters is End-To-End management. Review the DCFM section of the Management Module for information about adapter management within DCFM. See the HBA 100 management overview module and keep in mind that Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) has evolved and is now commonly referred to as Brocade Network Advisor. However this acronym change hasn t been made to all of our documentation just yet Brocade Communications

35 Figure 22 HBA 100 Management - DCFM integration Describe performance considerations of the adapters There are many variables that can affect performance on the HBAs, CNAs and on the Fabric Adapters. Review the concepts in the CNA 101 Ethernet module for suggestions about CNA performance. Also review the features described in the HBA 100 feature overview module and the features described in the 1860 Feature Updates module related to performance. There is also an excellent section all about performance in our Troubleshooting Guide in Chapter 4 Performance Tuning Brocade Communications 27

36 Figure 23 - Troubleshooting Guide - Performance Optimization, Chapter Brocade Communications

37 Figure 24 - Target Rate Limiting, from HBA 100 Feature Overview 2013 Brocade Communications 29

38 25 - Receive Side Scaling the CNA 101 Ethernet module Figure Brocade Communications

39 Figure 26 - CNA NIC Teaming from the CNA 101 Ethernet module Perform a software upgrade on a Brocade server adapter You should be familiar with the tools and methods used to install the drivers and upgrade the Brocade adapters Brocade Communications 31

40 Figure 27 - HBA Software Installation see HBA 100 installation module Brocade Communications

41 Figure 28 - Driver Package Contents see HBA 100 Installation module 2013 Brocade Communications 33

42 Figure 29 - Driver Installation see HBA 100 installation module Module 5 - Support Demonstrate knowledge of supportability features Of primary concern to anyone buying or selling a Brocade Adapter is how well that product can be supported. Since the adapter is the first point of contact to the SAN or LAN, it is often the first place a customer will look if an issue occurs. This is why the Brocade adapters have extensive diagnostics and supportability features built into the GUI, the command line and the DCFM/BNA API interfaces. Review the supportability module for HBAs 100 and the troubleshooting module for CNA 101. In addition to the course materials you may want to be aware of and review the troubleshooting manual created solely for the purpose of helping our customer identify the problem, often times we are able to rule out the adapter as the issue using these best practices - Troubleshooting Guide Brocade Communications

43 Figure 30 - Supportability Module for HBA 100 Objectives 2013 Brocade Communications 35

44 Figure 31 - Event Logs from HBA supportability module Brocade Communications

45 Figure 32 - HCM slide - CNA Troubleshooting module 2013 Brocade Communications 37

46 Figure 33 - BCU Supportsave from CNA Troubleshooting module Brocade Communications

47 Appendix A LED Operation Fabric Adapter LEDs and Operation In this appendix is an excerpt of the Installation and Reference Manual, Chapter 5 Specifications. Below are screen shots for the 1860 Fabric Adapter, 1020 CNA and 815/825 FC HBAs LED operational descriptions. Figure 34 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Fabric Adapter LED Bracket View 2013 Brocade Communications 39

48 Figure 35 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 16 Part 1 - Fabric Adapter LED Operations Figure 36- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 16 Part 2 - Fabric Adapter LED Operations CNA LEDs and Operation Brocade Communications

49 Figure 37 Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Figure 19 Part - CNA Bracket View Figure 38 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 21 Part 1 - CNA LED Operations 2013 Brocade Communications 41

50 Figure 39- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 21 Part 2 - CNA LED Operations HBA LEDs and Operation Figure 40 - Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Figure 20 HBA Bracket View Brocade Communications

51 Figure 41- Installation and Reference, Chapter 5, Table 28, - HBA LED Operations 2013 Brocade Communications 43

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