I worked with a vendor to install a new HP c7000 enclosure and FlexConnect switches. As part of the preparation and as my homework, I read through the HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric Cookbook to become familiar with this technology. If you are thinking about moving to Virtual Connect, you should be familiar with this document. There are many others you should read as well. All of them are available on HP’s site but are not very easy to find. It seems Google or Bing make it easier to find than searching from HP’s site.
I read through the FlexFabric Cookbook, Virtual Connect Ethernet Cookbook, Virtual Connect for c Class, and Virtual Connect iSCSI Cookbook. After this, I thought I had a base understanding of the technology from reading and prior experience with c Class Blade System and blade switches. I am a Cisco guy and used to working with their IOS based switches and modules. I thought I had a good understanding of how this would work but I could not have been more wrong. After struggling with the vendor and HP Support to resolve issues, I received help via HP Support’s Twitter account (@HPSupport). They were able to get me in touch with the a wonderful engineer who took all the time in the world to explain FlexFabric in a way I would understand. As a side note, I have found that the support or service Twitter account to be an invaluable resource for assistance.
This engineer also put me on the a hidden piece of treasure, HP Virtual Connect for the Cisco Network Administrator. This was the missing piece of the puzzle! Again a search on Google turns this document up quicker than a search on HP.com.
Armed with the information from the engineer and the document, I am now successfully navigating the FlexConnect world.
If you have difficulty finding any of the documents mentioned in this post, ping me and I will be happy to direct you toward them.