Implementing SAN Zoning

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2002-05-15 Print this article Print

SAN Zoning is relatively easy to configure on most Fibre Channel switches. In the case of our Qlogic Corp. SANbox 2 Fibre Channel switch, we used their SANsurfer 2 management software to set up our zones. SAN Zoning
Using SANsurfer 2s zone management interface we created a zone set for our switch.
SAN Zoning After creating the zone set, we created two SAN zones within the set to accommodate two network segments. Zone Making Once the zones were configured, the process of assigning servers and RAID devices to specific zones was a simple drag and drop operation. We created a zone for each of our servers and assigned each of them a port from our two-port Hitachi RAID unit. SAN Zoning

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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