I have been looking everywhere for a clear description of how to see/zone/manage virtual WWNs with NPIV on my Cisco 9509 switches and I can't find anything that actually details the zoning best practices or how to see the virtual WWNs. This is all being done via NPIV on the 9509s. Here is a quick synopsis of what I am working with:
2 x Cisco 9509s both with NPIV enabled running 4.2(3)
2 x IBM AIX P6 550s with 8Gig NPIV-capable fiber channel adapters
I can see the WWNs for the actual physical cards in my switch database (and when I run the "show flogi database" command), but it does not show me any information on the virtual WWPNs. I have also run the "show flogi internal info flogi-table vsan 200" and some other variations and I still don't see anything. I even went so far as to create zones with the virtual WWPNs and then I checked on my EMC frame (ran the "symmask list logins" command) and nothing. My AIX admin (who we call "The Wizard of Smart" - quick sidebar there :-) ) says that everything on his side is correct and that it is working as it should. My questions are the following:
1. How do I see the virtual WWPNs in my 9509s?
2. Is enabling NPIV the only step (from reading about 500 pages of documentation it looks like it is) needed on the 9509s?
3. Is there any documentation from Cisco on best practices for dealing with NPIV WWPNs?
4. This just came to mind, do I need to guarantee 8Gbps on the ports where the 8Gb/sec cards are connected? Right now they are just "sharing" the bandwidth of the port group...before I change anything I am curious if anyone else knows if that has to be done. Or maybe a specific port setting (NP versus F port)?
Okay, thank you so much for your time and your help and as always it is GREATLY appreciated!!!