This is regarding Cisco MDS Enhanced zoning mode. what is the best way to determine whether a MDS switch is capable of enhanced zoning mode operation, especially in a large fabric. Are there any useful commands that we can use.
All MDS support enhanced zoning:
I'd like to point out that device-alias zoning is an option, not a requisite to use enhanced zoning. We're a fairly large shop and strictly adhere to pwwn zoning.
device-alias supports pwwn; therefore it's a additional very useful feature (eg. vsan indep., zoning can be done without knowing the exact pwwn, pwwn can change without changing zoning,.....).
I never claimed that device-alias is a prereq. for smart zoning.
I want to change to enhanced zoning, however, I think I saw somewhere that zoneset distribution needs to be full and not "active only"
since I have both 9710 and 9513 MDSs and the older ones have smaller storage, I can't set the distribution to full
is this a must ?
Have a look at
To change to the enhanced zoning mode from the basic mode, follow these steps:
Step 1 Verify that all switches in the fabric are capable of working in the enhanced mode.
If one or more switches are not capable of working in enhanced mode, then your request to move to enhanced mode is rejected.
Step 2 Set the operation mode to enhanced zoning mode. By doing so, you will automatically start a session, acquire a fabric wide lock, distribute the active and full zoning database using the enhanced zoning data structures, distribute zoning policies and then release the lock. All switches in the fabric then move to the enhanced zoning mode.