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Vol. 1 No. 10 December 2002

Part two on troubleshooting your SAN.

Last month, we discussed some of the best practices involved in chasing down and resolving problems in your storage area network (SAN). (See SAN troubleshooting techniques) These practices relied on the administrator understanding the functionalities available at the five different layers of the Fibre Channel (FC) reference model. This month, we'll cover how to use these practices and tools to uncover and understand common errors occurring in corporate SANs today. In addition, we'll look at how FC analyzers are helping enterprises reduce recovery time by finding out what's going on beneath the fabric. Hardware-related errors Let's start to delve into some of the common errors you'll experience in operating your SAN, and how you can gain familiarity with the interworkings of your interconnects by taking methodical approaches to resolution. We'll assume that you're running certified versions of your vendor's firmware and device drivers, so your problems lie elsewhere. After first checking the LED status of the switches in the data...

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Features in this issue

  • CTRC Mirrors with iSCSI

    The Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio has aggressive uptime goals for IT resources at its two facilities.

  • IBM Demos Storage Tank

    Big Blue's new Autonomic Computing Organization is working on technologies that will reduce the human costs of running complex computing and storage systems.

  • SNIA Relaunches Supported Solutions Forum

    Eighteen months ago, the Storage Networking Industry Association announced the formation of the Supported Solutions Forum.

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