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SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Installation Guide

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Updated: September 2017

FC Storage Devices

FC provides a fast and reliable method to access external storage devices. After installing a FC HBA into a PDomain PCIe slot, the PDomain can access FC storage devices over a FC network.

A typical FC SAN includes the following hardware:

  • FC HBA installed in the each of the server's PDomains

  • FC cables connecting the HBA to a FC switch

  • FC cables connecting the FC switch to a FC storage device

After installing and connecting the appropriate hardware, you will configure each PDomain to boot off a FC storage device over the FC SAN. Once configured, you can install the Oracle Solaris OS on the device.

In this FC environment, each server PDomain requires access to a FC storage device. Installing and cabling more than one HBA in each PDomain can provide redundant connections to a FC switch.

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