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Sun Dual 10 GbE PCIe 2.0 Fibre Channel Over Ethernet Software

User's Guide

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Document Information

Using This Documentation

Product Notes

Related Documentation


Support and Accessibility

Understanding the FCoE Software

Installation Overview (Linux)

Installation Overview (Windows)


System Requirements

OS Patches and Updates

Managing the Driver

Enabling the FCoE Software (Linux)

Enable FCoE During the Linux Installation

Enable FCoE After a Linux Installation

Set Up the Network Interfaces

Resolve SAN-Boot Errors (RHEL6.0/OL6.0)

Remove the FCoE Software Package (Linux)

Installing the FCoE Software (Windows)

Upgrade Guidelines for Software Release 15.4 (Windows)

Validation and Storage Certification

Hotfixes (Windows)

Download and Install the Driver (Windows)

Remove the Driver (Windows)

Verify the Functionality of the Network Interface

Booting Over a Network

Boot Over a 10GbE Network (Linux)

Set Up the FCoE Boot Option ROM (Windows)

Configuring the Switch

Configure the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch

Configure the Brocade 8000 Series Switch

Configuring Driver Parameters (Linux)

Set Driver Parameters (Linux)

Driver Parameter Settings (Linux)

Configure Jumbo Frames (Linux)



Intel's FCoE software is designed to run on Oracle's 10-gigabit PCIe family of server adapters. FCoE is the encapsulation of the standard Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) frames as data within standard Ethernet frames. This link-level encapsulation, teamed with an FCoE-aware Ethernet-to-FCP gateway, extends an FCP fabric to include Ethernet-based host connectivity.

Data Center Bridging

Data center bridging (DCB) is a collection of standards-based extensions to classical Ethernet protocols. DCB provides a lossless datacenter transport layer that enables the convergence of LANs and SANs onto a single unified fabric. In addition to supporting FCoE, other applications and protocols leverage these extensions to provide guaranteed bandwidth to traffic classes other than FCoE.

FCoE Topology

FCoE focuses on the encapsulation of frames that are specific to storage class traffic. However, as the following illustration shows, a typical FCoE infrastructure can encapsulate traffic from several sources.

image:Illustration of FCoE infrastructure.
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