NPIV enabling on MDS9513's

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May 24th, 2010
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Our AIX team wants to enable NPIV on both our Cisco MDS9513 directors to take advantage of there new VIOS servers.  I couldn't find any documents relating to the minimum firware requirements on the switches that support NPIV.  Does anyone know if there is a firmware minimum to support NPIV?

To enable NPIV issue these commands:

config t

npiv enable

Final question there are a lot of post on NPV and NPIV, just so I'm clear you don't need NPV enabled to use NPIV?

Thanks for any assistance.

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calopez2 Tue, 05/25/2010 - 05:10
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MDS 9513 supports NPIV.

NPV is NOT required to enable NPIV feature.

I hope this has helped you.



Valley911 Tue, 05/25/2010 - 08:22
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My aplogizes for high jacking this thread, but I have similiar question...

We are currently using 2 MDS 9124's for our core SAN switches (A and B path). We would like to utilize NPIV on our ESX hosts/VM's. From the reading I have done we should just be able to enable NPIV via Device Manager per each switch. I would just like to confirm that this will not have any impact on the switch, ie needing a reboot etc...

Thanks in advance,


dynamoxxx Thu, 05/27/2010 - 21:52
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no impact at all ..

rick.blankenshi... Thu, 06/03/2010 - 13:30
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I'm using MDS 9513 with OS Release 4.1(1b). I do not see the command to enable NPIV with this version. Is NPIV already enabled?



dynamoxxx Sat, 06/05/2010 - 06:19
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run "show feature" to see if NPIV is enabled.  If it's not you can run "feature npiv" to enable it.

rick.blankenshi... Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:23
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The command "show feature" is not valid on this release. I think that I will open a case with support and will post the solution once it is resolved.

rick.blankenshi... Thu, 06/10/2010 - 06:36
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I looked in the running config to see if npiv was enabled which it wasn't.

show running config | inc npiv

To enable npiv run "feature npiv" in config mode.

To disable npiv run "no feature npiv" in config mode.

bfeeny Thu, 06/10/2010 - 18:14
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You can enable npiv with no worries, it won't effect production.  It just allows the initiators to request multiple FCID's.

keystonecruiser1 Wed, 06/16/2010 - 15:08
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I enabled npiv, and no impact to anything.  Actually much smoother than I expected.  Our AIX team is using the pvid feature and they are loving it.

c.walsh Fri, 02/24/2012 - 01:49
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     What version of SAN-OS are you using on the 9513?




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