Brocade Fabric Operating System Firmware Release Notes, 5.1.0a Firmware

This document contains important information about the Brocade Fabric Operating Systems (Fabric OS) firmware for installation in Sun storage area networks (SANs). This Brocade Fabric OS firmware can be used with the Brocade SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900, 4100, 4900, and 200E switches, and with the 24000 and 48000 directors. Read this document so that you are aware of issues or requirements that can affect the installation and operation of this product.



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This document contains the following sections:


Features in This Release

For a list of the new features introduced in this release, refer to the Brocade document Fabric OS v5.1.0a Release Notes v1.0, available with the Brocade Fabric Operating System 5.1.0a patch 122185-01. For more information see, To Download and Install the Patches.



Note - The Brocade Fabric OS v5.1.0a Release Notes are also available from Brocade online at http://www.brocadeconnect.com/index.jsp.

A login is required, but registration is free with a valid Brocade switch World Wide Name (WWN).




Supported Software, and Hardware

This section contains the following topics:

Supported Host Software

This section lists the latest supported host software.

Basic Operating System Requirements

Solaris

Linux

Microsoft Windows

SAN Foundation

Brocade Management Software Requirements

Several options are available for managing the SilkWorm directors. The following is a list of the available options and any operating requirements:

Supported Hardware

The following is a list of the storage devices, host bus adapters (HBAs), and servers supported by the SilkWorm switches and directors.



Note - If the device you want to connect is not listed in the following section, check the Release Notes for your HBA or storage device, or contact your Sun account representative to see if support for your device has been added.



Supported Storage Platforms

Supported Host Bus Adapters

Supported Server Platforms

x64/x86 Systems

Work Group Servers

Fabric OS (Switch Firmware) Requirements

TABLE 1 summarizes the versions of the Brocade Fabric OS that are supported in conjunction with this release. Use the current software release versions to optimize the benefits of a SAN.


TABLE 1 Minimum Brocade Fabric OS Requirements

Description

SilkWorm 2000 Series

SilkWorm 3200 and 3800

SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900 and 24000

SilkWorm 4100

SilkWorm 200E, 4900 and 48000

SilkWorm 12000

Brocade Fabric Manager

General compatibility

2.6.1

3.1.0

4.1.0

4.4.0b

5.0.1a

4.1.0

5.0

With secure fabric enabled

2.6.1

3.1.2

4.1.0

4.4.0b

5.0.1a

4.1.0

5.0

Recommended software versions

2.6.2

3.2.0

5.1.0a

5.1.0a

5.1.0a

5.0.4a

5.0




Note - SilkWorm 3250, 3850, and 24000 are supported by Fabric OS v4.2.0 or later.
SilkWorm 3250, 3850, and 24000 are supported by Fabric Manager 4.1.1 or later.
SilkWorm 3900 is supported by Fabric OS v4.1.0 or later.
SilkWorm 4100 is supported by Fabric Manager 4.4.0 or later.
SilkWorm 4900 is supported by Fabric OS v5.1.0a or later.
SilkWorm 200E and 48000 are supported by Fabric Manager 5.0 or later.




Downloading and Installing Patches

This section provides instructions for downloading and installing patches for the SilkWorm directors.When downloading the Brocade Fabric OS firmware, used with the Brocade SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900, 4100, 4900, and 200E switches, and with the 24000 and 48000 directors, use patch 122185-01.


procedure icon  To Download and Install the Patches

Use the following procedure to retrieve the patches for your OS and the patch for the 5.1.0a firmware.

1. Access the SunSolve web site at:

http://sunsolve.sun.com

2. Accept the terms and conditions of the License Agreement.

3. Click Patches and Updates under the Support category.

4. For each patch that you want to download, following these steps:

a. Under PatchFinder, type the patch ID and click Find Patch.

Do not type the -xx revision number. PatchFinder automatically finds the latest patch.

b. Verify that you have retrieved the correct patch.

c. Print the page by doing one of the following:



Note - Printing this page also prints the patch README file, which contains the installation instructions, special instructions, special guidelines, and notes.



d. Download the patch by clicking on either HTTP or FTP in the following line:

Download Patch (nn,nnn,nnn bytes) HTTP FTP

e. When you have finished downloading all the patches, install the patches by following the instructions in each patch README file.


Known Issues and Bugs

Workaround: None at this time.

Workaround: None at this time.

Workaround: None at this time.

PLOGI to 104b6 failed state=Packet Transport error.

If the target is connected to a Brocade SilkWorm 4100 switch, the PLOGI errors are logged each time you reboot the OS.

Workaround: None at this time.


Resolved Issues and Bugs

The following bugs have been resolved since the last firmware release.

 


Related Documentation

The Brocade Fabric OS v5.1.0a Release Notes are available with the Brocade Fabric Operating System 5.1.0a patch, 122185-01. For more information see, To Download and Install the Patches.



Note - The Brocade Fabric OS v5.1.0a Release Notes are also available from Brocade online at: http://www.brocadeconnect.com/index.jsp.

A login is required, but registration is free with a valid Brocade switch WWN.




Service Contact Information

If you need help installing or using this product in the United States, call
1-800-USA-4SUN, or go to:

http://www.sun.com/service/contacting/index.html