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Configuring FC and FCoE protocols on SVMs

You can configure the FC and the FCoE protocols on the SVM for SAN hosts. LIFs are created on the most suitable adapters and assigned to port sets to ensure data path redundancy. Based on your requirements, you can configure either FC, FCoE, or both the protocols by usingSystem Manager.

Before you begin

About this task

You can configure the FC and FCoE protocols while creating the SVM or you can do so at a later time. If the protocols are not allowed on the SVM, you can use the Edit Storage Virtual Machine window to enable the protocols for the SVM.


  1. If you have not configured the protocols while creating the SVM and if the FCP is not started, expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy, select the SVM in the navigation pane, and click FC/FCoE.
  2. In the Data Interface Configuration section, select the corresponding option to configure data LIFs for FC and FCoE protocols.
  3. Specify the number of data LIFs per node for each protocol.
    The minimum number of LIFs per node is one. The maximum number is the minimum of all the ports in the up state across the nodes. If the maximum value is an odd number, the previous even number is considered as the maximum value. You can choose any even number in the minimum and maximum value range.
    A 4-node cluster has node1, node2, and node3 with 6 ports each in the up state, and node4 with 7 ports in the up state. The effective maximum value for the cluster is 6.
    If the number of LIFs that you want to assign to the node is more than 2, you must assign at least one portset to each LIF.
  4. If you want to verify or modify the automatically generated LIFs configuration, select Review or Edit the Interface Association.
    You can modify only the LIF name and home port. You must ensure that you do not specify duplicate entries.
  5. Optional: Provision a LUN for the FC or FCoE storage when configuring the protocol by providing the LUN size, OS type for the LUN, and host initiator details.
  6. Click Submit & Continue.


The data LIFs and port sets are created with the specified configuration. The LIFs are distributed accordingly among the port sets. FCP service is started if all the LIFs are successfully created for at least one protocol.

If the LIF creation fails, you can create the LIFs and start the FCP service from the FC/FCoE window.