The Dell Networking S5000 Converged switch is an efficient and powerful switching platform forEthernet and FCoE protocols. It is important to understand how these S5000 switches will be utilized in any data center design. In many Enterprise environments, the need for a converged infrastructure pushes the need for redundancy, management, and control. There is an opportunity to boot the server’s host OS as well as any VM’s completely from the remote storage array utilizing the S5000’s FCoE capabilities. In this Deployment Guide the topic will be booting from SAN with FCoE networking and FC storage. This guide will explain one possible scenario that will aid in the build out of an FCoE boot from SAN setup. This step by step process will explain how the configuration was validated using Dell Networking’s S5000 switch, Brocade 5300 Fiber Channel switches, EMC VNX 5300 Storage set in block storage mode, and Dell PowerEdge M620 blade servers using Broadcom 57810 converged network adapters.
The step by step scenario is intended to cover one validated solution but should be applicable in many cases to other hardware and devices with minor configuration changes based on the technology used. Use this guide as a knowledge base if the hardware is different. Please feel free to provide feedback on this document for further enhancements.