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Internet Draft                                            David Peterson
<draft-ietf-ips-fcip-slp-00.txt>                                   Cisco
Expires February 2001
                                                             August 2001

                    Finding FCIP Entities Using SLP

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   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001).  All Rights Reserved.


   The FCIP protocol provides  a  method  for  the  tunneling  of  Fibre
   Channel  frames  over an IP network. This document defines the use of
   the Service Location  Protocol  by  FCIP  entities  to  discover  one
   another,  and  provides  the  appropriate  SLPv2 templates describing
   their services.

1.  Acknowledgements

   This draft was produced by the FCIP discovery  team,  including  Todd
   Sperry (Adaptec), Larry Lamars (SanValley), Robert Snively (Brocade),

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   Ravi Natarajan (Lightsand), Anil Rijhsinghani  (McData),  and  Venkat
   Rangan  (Rhapsody  Networks).  Thanks  also to Mark Bakke (Cisco) for
   initial help and consultation.

2.  Introduction

   FCIP is a protocol provides a  method  for  the  tunneling  of  Fibre
   Channel  frames  over an IP network. This document defines the use of
   the Service Location Protocol (SLPv2) by FCIP  entities  to  discover
   one  another, and provides the appropriate SLPv2 templates describing
   their services.

3.  Notation Conventions

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL",  "SHALL  NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].

4.  Terminology

   Here are some definitions that may aid readers  that  are  unfamiliar
   with either SLP, SCSI, or iSCSI.  Some of these definitions have been
   reproduced from [RFC2608] and  "Finding  an  RSIP  Server  with  SLP"

   User Agent (UA)            A  process  working on the client's behalf
                              to establish contact  with  some  service.
                              The  UA retrieves service information from
                              the Service Agents or Directory Agents.

   Service Agent (SA)         A process working on behalf of one or more
                              services  to  advertise  the  services and
                              their capabilites.

  Directory Agent (DA)        A   process   which    collects    service
                              advertisements.   There can only be one DA
                              present per given host.

   Scope                      A named set of services, typically  making
                              up a logical administrative group.

   Service Advertisement      A   URL,   attributes,   and   a  lifetime
                              (indicating how long the advertisement  is
                              valid),     providing    service    access
                              information and  capabilities  description

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                              for a particular service.

   FCIP Entity                The  principle FCIP interface point to the
                              IP network.

   FCIP Entity Name           The world wide name of the switch  if  the
                              FCIP  Entity  resides  in  a switch or the
                              world wide node  name  of  the  associated

   FCIP Discovery Domain      The  FCIP Discovery Domain specifies which
                              FCIP  Entities  are  allowed  to   connect
                              within the bounds of the scope.

5.  Using SLP for FCIP Service Discovery

   At  least  two FCIP Entities must be involved in the entity discovery
   process.  The end result is that an FCIP Entity will discover one  or
   more peer FCIP Entities.

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5.1.  Discovering FCIP Entities using SLP

   The  following  example  diagram  shows the relationship between FCIP
   Entities and their associated SLP agents.

              |           FCIP Entity                |
              +----------------------------------+   |
              | FCIP Control and Services Module |   |
              +----------------+                 |   |
              |   SA  |   UA   |                 |   |
              +----------------+-----------------+   |
              |            TCP/UDP/IP            |   |
              +----------------+-----------------+   |
              |            Interface             |   |
              |             |   |
     +------------+            |
     |   SLP DA   |----+  IP Network
     +------------+            |
              |            Interface             |   |
              |             |   |
              +----------------+-----------------+   |
              |            TCP/UDP/IP            |   |
              +----------------+-----------------+   |
              |   SA  |  UA    |                 |   |
              +----------------+                 |   |
              | FCIP Control and Services Module |   |
              +--------------------------------- +   |
              |           FCIP Entity                |

   Fig. 1 FCIP Entity and SLP Agent Relationship.

   As indicated in the above drawing above, each FCIP Entity contains an
   FCIP  Control  and Services Module that interfaces to an SLPv2 SA and

   The   SA   constructs   a   service   advertisement   of   the   type
   "service:fcip:entity"  for  each  of  the  service  URLs it wishes to
   register. The service advertisement contains a lifetime,  along  with
   other attributes defined in the service template.

   The  remainder  of the discovery process is identical to that used by
   any client/server pair implementing SLPv2:

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   1. If an SLPv2 DA is found, the SA contacts the DA and registers  the
   service  advertisement.  If  no  DA  is  found,  the SA maintains the
   service  advertisement  itself,  answering   multicast   UA   queries

   2.  When the FCIP Entity requires contact information for a peer FCIP
   Entity, the UA either contacts the DA using unicast or the  SA  using
   multicast.  The  UA  includes  a  query  based  on  the attributes to
   indicate the characteristics of the FCIP Entities it requires.

   3. Once the UA has the IP address and port number of the FCIP  Entity
   it may begin the normal connection procedure to the FCIP Entity.

   The  use  of  a  DA  is  recommended  for  SLP  operation  in an FCIP

6.  FCIP SLPv2 Templates

   Two templates are provided: an FCIP Entity template, and an  abstract
   template  to  provide  a means to add other FCIP related templates in
   the future.

6.1.  The FCIP Abstract Service Type Template

   This template defines the abstract service "service:fcip". It is used
   as  a  top-level  service  to  encapsulate  all  other  FCIP  related

   Name of submitter: David Peterson
   Language of service template: en
   Security Considerations:
     See the security considerations of the concrete service type.

   Template Text:
   -------------------------template begins here-----------------------


     This is an abstract service type. The purpose of the fcip service type
     is to encompass all of the services used to support the FCIP protocol.

   template-url-syntax =
     url-path=  ; Depends on the concrete service type.

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   --------------------------template ends here------------------------

6.2.  The FCIP Entity Concrete Service Type Template

   This template defines the  service  "service:fcip:entity".  A  device
   containing  FCIP  Entities  that  wishes  to have them discovered via
   SLPv2 would register each of them, with each of their  addresses,  as
   this service type.

   FCIP  Entities wishing to discover other FCIP Entities in this manner
   will generally use one of the following query strings:

   1. Find a specific FCIP Entity, given its FCIP Entity Name:

      Service:    service:fcip:entity
      Scope: fcip-entity-scope-list
      Query: (fcip-entity-name=10:00:00:60:69:20:34:0C)

   2. Find all of the FCIP Entities within a  specified  FCIP  Discovery

      Service:    service:fcip:entity
      Scope: fcip-entity-scope-list
      Query: (fcip-discovery-domain=fcip-discovery-domain-name)

   3.  In  addition,  a  management application may wish to discover all
   FCIP Entities:

      Service:    service:fcip:entity
      Scope: management-service-scope-list
      Query: none

   Name of submitter: David Peterson
   Language of service template: en
   Security Considerations:
     See later section.

   Template Text:
   -------------------------template begins here-----------------------


     This is a concrete service type. The fcip:entity service type is used
     to register individual FCIP Entity addresses to be discovered by others.

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     UAs will generally search for these by including one of the following:
     - the FCIP Entity Name for which an address is needed
     - the FCIP Discovery Domain Name for which addresses are requested
     - the service URL

   template-url-syntax =
     url-path          =    ipaddr [ : tcpport ] / fcip-entity-name
     ipaddr            =    DNS host name or ip address
     tcpport           =    decimal tcp port number
     fcip-entity-name  =    FCIP Entity Name
     # The fcip-entity-name portion of the URL is required and must be the
     # FCIP Entity Name of the entity being registered.
     # An entity representing multiple endpoints must register each of them
     # using SLPv2.
     # Examples:
     # service:fcip:entity://hammer.cisco.com:4000/10:00:00:60:69:20:34:0C
     # service:fcip:entity://

   fcip-entity-name = opaque L
     # This must match the fcip-entity-name specified in the url-path.
     # The fcip-entity-name is either the Fibre Channel Switch Name if the
     # FCIP Entity is embedded in a switch or the Fibre Channel Node Name
     # if the FCIP Entity is not embedded in a switch (e.g, an Nx_Port).

   fabric-name = opaque O L
     # The fabric-name is the World Wide Name of the principal switch.

   switch-name = opaque O L
     # A name identifier associated with a Fibre Channel switch or bridge device.
     # Refer to FC-SW-2 for further information.

   node-name = opaque O L
     # A name identifier associated with a Fibre Channel node.
     # Refer to FC-FS for a description of a Fibre Channel node.

   transports = string M L
     # This is a list of transport protocols that the registered entity
     # supports. FCIP is currently supported over TCP only.

   mgmt=entity = string O
     # The FQDN of the management interface of the FCIP Entity.

   mgmt-ipaddr = string O

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     # The IP address of the management interface appropriate for SNMP,
     # web-based, or telnet management of the FCIP Entity.

   fcip-discovery-domain = string M
     # The fcip-discovery-domain string contains the name(s) of the FCIP
     # discovery domain(s) to which this FCIP Entity belongs.

   --------------------------template ends here------------------------

7.  Security Considerations

   Service type templates provide information that is used to  interpret
   information  obtained  by  clients through SLP. If the FCIP templates
   are modified of if false templates are distributed, FCIP Entities may
   not  correctly  register  themselves  or may not be able to interpret
   service information.

   SLP provides an authentication  mechanism  for  UAs  to  assure  that
   service advertisements only come from trusted SAs. [RFC2608] If trust
   is an issue, particularly with the information sought by  the  client
   about  IPSec  and  IKE  support,  then  SLP  authentication should be
   enabled in the network.

   Once an FCIP Entity is discovered, authentication  and  authorization
   are  handled  by  the  FCIP protocol. It is the responsibility of the
   providers  of  these  services  to  ensure  that  an  inappropriately
   advertised  or discovered service does not comprimise their security.

8.  Summary

   This document describes how SLPv2 can be used  by  FCIP  Entities  to
   find  other  FCIP  Entities. Service type templates for FCIP Entities
   are presented.

9.  References

[RFC2608]   E. Guttman,  C.  Perkins,  J.  Veizades,  M.  Day.   Service
            Location Protocol, version 2  RFC 2608, July 1999.

[RFC2609]   E.  Guttman,  C.  Perkins,  J. Kempf.  Service Templates and
            service: Schemes  RFC 2609, July 1999.

[RFC2614]   J. Kempf, E. Guttman.  An API for Service Location
              RFC 2614, June 1999.

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[RFC2119]   S.  Bradner.   Key  Words  for  Use  in  RFCs  to   Indicate
            Requirement Levels.  RFC 2119, March 1997.

[RFC3082]   J.  Kempf, J Goldschmidt.  Notification and Subscription for
            SLP.  RFC 3082, March 2001.

[FCIP]      Rajagopal,     et.     al.      "FCIP",      draft-ietf-ips-
            fcovertcpip-05.txt, August 2001.

[RSIP]      Kempf,  J.,  Montenegro,  G.,  "Finding  an RSIP Server with
            SLP", draft-ietf-nat-rsip-slp-00, February 2000.

Author's  Address:

       David Peterson
       Cisco Systems, Inc.
       6450 Wedgwood Road
       Maple Grove, MN
       USA 55311

       Voice:  +1 763-398-1007
       E-Mail: dap@cisco.com

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