Brocade Fabric Operating System Firmware Release Notes, 5.0.3 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, and 200E switches, and with the 12000, 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

The Brocade Fabric Operating System (OS) 5.0.3 has been qualified on Brocade SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900, 4100, and 200E switches, and with the 12000, 24000 and 48000 directors.

System Requirements

This section contains the following topics:

Software Requirements

This section lists the latest software requirements.

Basic Software Requirements



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 directors.

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


SilkWorm 2000 Series

SilkWorm 3200 and 3800

SilkWorm 3250, 3850, 3900, 12000, and 24000[1]

SilkWorm 4100[2]

SilkWorm 200E and 4800[3]

Brocade Fabric Manager

General Compatibility







With Secure Fabric Enabled







Recommended Software Versions







Downloading and Installing Patches

This section provides instructions for downloading and installing patches for the SilkWorm directors.

Required SAN Foundation Patches

This product requires Sun StorEdgetrademark SAN Foundation software. For more information about the Sun StorEdge Open SAN Architecture, refer to:

For instructions on downloading Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation software driver packages and patches required to run the switches with supported hardware from Sun, see the Sun StorEdge SAN Foundation Software 4.4.2 Release Notes, Including Sun StorEdge Traffic Manager for the Solaris Operating System, part number 819-0610-xx. You can find this document at:

procedure icon  To Download and Install the Patches

Use the following procedure to retrieve the patches for your OS and the patch for the 5.0.3 firmware.

1. Access the SunSolve web site at:

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: Use a Brocade application programming interface (API) 2.1 or a Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) agent to obtain the zoning information.

Workaround: None at this time.

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 v5.0.3 Release Notes are available with the Brocade Fabric Operating System 5.0.3 patch, 119552-xx. For more information see, To Download and Install the Patches.

Service Contact Information

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


1 (TableFootnote) 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.
2 (TableFootnote) SilkWorm 4100 is supported by Fabric Manager 4.4.0 or later.
3 (TableFootnote) SilkWorm 200E and 4800 are supported by Fabric Manager 5.0 or later.