Monday, March 26, 2012

Zoning a Brocade switch via command line

I recently found that I will need to create several zones on a brocade FC switch. Normally I use the Java GUI as this is easy and simple to visualize the changes, but with approximately 120 zones to create, the GUI is out of the question.

A little bit of searching and I found some great blogs discussing just this - creating FC zones from command line.

One thing to note is that many of the commands (such as alicreate) can support multiple members. This means you can have multiple WWNs added to a single alias via a single command. To see which commands support multiple members, use the help command - ex: help alicreate

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Site-to-Site VPN using Vyatta

I was testing a new backup solution that does replication across the wire to a secondary site. I didnt want to impact production, so I used VMware to clone the system I was backing up, and used an isolated network for my backup testing.
All was fine until I needed to setup a target at my second site, and still remain isolated. I needed to use a unique IP scheme, yet still have it routed across our WAN. All without having to nag the network team for my test environment.

Enter Vyatta router. Using it I was able to bridge my isolated network to the outside world, now I was able to download and install updates from the internet. I then found a post at that discussed using Vyatta as a site-to-site VPN. I followed through the steps and BAM, everything was connected.