BRoCADE WEB TOOLS - Genesis Global Hardware

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• Simplify management by viewing all
switches in the fabric and their current
status from a single interface
• Perform administration and configuration
tasks for an entire SAN fabric, specific
switches, or individual ports
• Increase flexibility by performing
administrative and configuration tasks
from any remote location through a Web
browser and Internet connection
• View real-time performance data for
monitoring and tuning activities
• Utilize wizards to reduce the chances of
errors on multi-step management tasks
such as zoning
• Leverage support for standards such as
Fabric Device Management Interface
(FDMI) to extract more meaningful
information from the fabric
• Utilize the most robust security available
with native support for Brocade Secure
Fabric OS®
A Better Way to Monitor and
Manage SAN Fabrics
Brocade® Web Tools, an intuitive and easyto-use interface, enables organizations to
monitor and manage single Brocade Fibre
Channel switches and small Brocade SAN
fabrics. Administrators can perform tasks
by using a Java-capable Web browser
from standard laptops, desktop PCs, or
workstations at any location within the
enterprise. In addition, Web Tools access
is available from Web browsers through a
secure channel via HTTPS.
To increase the level of detail for
management tasks, Web Tools enables
organizations to configure and administer
individual ports or switches as well as small
SAN fabrics. User name and password login
procedures protect against unauthorized
actions by limiting access to configuration
features. Web Tools provides an extensive
set of features that enable organizations
to quickly and easily perform key
administrative tasks such as:
• Configuring individual switches’ IP
addresses, switch names, and Simple
Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
• Rebooting a switch from a remote location
• Upgrading switch firmware and controlling
switch boot options
• Maintaining administrative user logins
and passwords
• Managing license keys, multiple user
accounts, and RADIUS support for
switch logins
• Enabling Ports on Demand capabilities
• Choosing the appropriate routing
strategies for maximum performance
(dynamic routes)
• Configuring links and managing ISL
Trunking over extended distances
• Accessing other switches in the fabric
that have similar configurations
Central Status Monitoring
to Simplify Management
Figure 1.
Switch Explorer View for the Brocade 48000 with
mixed blade support.
Web Tools enables the management of any
switch in the fabric from a single access
point. In addition, any single switch can
automatically discover the entire fabric.
When administrators enter the network
address of any switch in the fabric, the
built-in Web server automatically provides
a full view of the fabric. From that point,
administrators can monitor the status of,
and perform tasks on, any switch in the
SAN or the entire fabric. Web Tools can
manage the switches using either in-band
Fibre Channel connections or out-of-band
Ethernet connections.
The Web Tools menu includes fabric-level
and switch-level views for both multiswitch
and single-switch administration.
Fabric-Level View
Figure 2.
Switch Explorer View for the Brocade 4100.
• Switch Explorer View: Displays all
switches in the fabric on a single screen.
Switches can be viewed by their user
name, IP address, or World Wide Name
(WWN—including recognizable vendor
name). This graphical display shows
all switches (and their status) currently
configured in the fabric using an easy-toread, collapsible, hierarchical tree. It also
provides a launch point for monitoring
and administering any switch in the SAN
as well as fabric-wide functions such as
device lists and zoning (see Figures 1
and 2).
• Fabric Event View: Displays events
collected across the entire fabric from the
built-in messaging system on each switch,
or more detailed information provided
by the optional Brocade Fabric Watch
software. This fabric-wide view enables
a central repository of events—allowing
many switches to be managed like a
single entity. Fabric events are sorted
by key fields, such as date-time, switch
source, or severity level.
• Fabric Topology View: Lists the physical
configurations—including active domains,
paths, and routing information—for all
switches in the SAN.
Figure 3.
Switch Explorer View for the Brocade 200E.
• Name Server View: Displays information
about all hosts and storage devices
currently registered in the fabric. Web
Tools automatically updates the Name
Server table when new hosts or devices
join the fabric. This central view of all
devices enables the creation of a single
fabric entity from any number of Brocade
switches. Hostname is available for
hosts and HBAs that support the FDMI-1
Switch-Level View
From the Switch Explorer View, organizations
can click on any switch icon to establish
communication with individual switches
for in-depth monitoring or for access
configuration options. Individual switch
views include the following:
• Switch View: Provides an active, trueto-life rendition with a point-and-click
map of the selected switch. Each port
icon displays current port status, and
clicking on a port displays the Port
Detail View. The states of the power
supply, fan, and temperature health are
updated dynamically for real-time status
monitoring (see Figure 3). Tool icons in
the Switch View provide direct access to
the Event View, the Administrative View,
the Performance View, the Fabric Watch
Configuration Page (if licensed), and the
Switch Beaconing function.
• Event View: Provides a sortable view of
all events reported by the switch. The
event log includes sortable fields for switch
information, time stamps, severity level,
and detailed error messages for root
cause analysis.
• Port Detail View: Displays statistics,
general information, and live status
monitoring of critical functions for rapid
problem isolation and diagnosis. Support
for Serial ID Gigabit Interface Converters
(GBICs) provides asset management for
these critical port components.
• Switch Administration View: Provides
the main control point for the switch,
including tabs for network, switch, and port
settings as well as user, license, firmware,
routing, and SNMP administration. The
Administration View also has tabs for
predefined reports and optional fabric
services such as Inter-Switch Link (ISL)
Trunking, Remote Switch, and
Extended Fabrics.
• Switch Status Legend: Provides ata-glance, color-coded switch status
information that indicates whether the
switch is in a healthy, marginal, down,
or unmonitored condition.
Figure 4.
Zoning Wizard View for adding devices to a zone.
Web Tools provides the administrative
control point for Brocade Advanced Fabric
Services, including Advanced Zoning,
ISL Trunking, Advanced Performance
Monitoring, Fabric Watch, and Fabric
Manager integration. For instance,
administrators can utilize timesaving zoning
wizards to step them through the zoning
process (see Figure 4).
Web Tools provides an interface to telnet
functions in order to perform special switch
functions and diagnostics that are available
only through the telnet interface.
Brocade and its partners offer complete
SAN solutions to meet a wide range of
technology and business requirements.
These solutions include education and
training, support, service, and professional
services to help optimize SAN investments.
For more information, contact an authorized
Brocade sales partner or visit
Brocade Web Tools Specifications
In-band over a Fibre Channel link
Out-of-band through an Ethernet connection
System Requirements
Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003
Solaris 8, 9, and 10
Redhat Linux AS 3.
Windows Memory Requirements
Number of Switches in SAN
Minimum Memory Required
256 MB
> 15
512 MB minimum
Browser Requirements
Mozilla 1.7.8
Internet Explorer 6.0 and above
Java Plug-In 1.4.2_08 on Solaris, Windows, and Linux
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