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Network Working Group                                            S. Kipp
Request for Comments: 4747                                   G. Ramkumar
Category: Standards Track                             McDATA Corporation
                                                           K. McCloghrie
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                           November 2006


                        The Virtual Fabrics MIB

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The IETF Trust (2006).

Abstract

   This memo defines a portion of the Management Information Base (MIB)
   for use with network management protocols in the Internet community.
   In particular, it describes managed objects for information related
   to the Fibre Channel network's Virtual Fabrics function.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. The Internet-Standard Management Framework ......................2
   3. Short Overview of Fibre Channel .................................2
   4. Relationship to Other MIBs ......................................3
   5. MIB Overview ....................................................3
      5.1. Fibre Channel Management Instance ..........................4
      5.2. Representing Core and Virtual Switches .....................4
   6. The T11-FC-VIRTUAL-FABRIC-MIB Module ............................5
   7. Security Considerations ........................................16
   8. IANA Considerations ............................................17
   9. Acknowledgements ...............................................17
   10. Normative References ..........................................17
   11. Informative References ........................................18







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1.  Introduction

   This memo defines a portion of the Management Information Base (MIB)
   for use with network management protocols in the Internet community.
   In particular, it describes managed objects for information related
   to the Fibre Channel network's Virtual Fabric function.

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

2.  The Internet-Standard Management Framework

   For a detailed overview of the documents that describe the current
   Internet-Standard Management Framework, please refer to section 7 of
   RFC 3410 [RFC3410].  Managed objects are accessed via a virtual
   information store, termed the Management Information Base or MIB.
   MIB objects are generally accessed through the Simple Network
   Management Protocol (SNMP).

   Objects in the MIB are defined using the mechanisms defined in the
   Structure of Management Information (SMI).  This memo specifies a MIB
   module that is compliant to the SMIv2, which is described in STD 58,
   RFC 2578 [RFC2578], STD 58, RFC 2579 [RFC2579] and STD 58, RFC 2580
   [RFC2580].

3.  Short Overview of Fibre Channel

   The Fibre Channel (FC) is logically a bidirectional point-to-point
   serial data channel, structured for high performance.  Fibre Channel
   provides a general transport vehicle for higher-level protocols such
   as Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) command sets, the High-
   Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI) data framing, IP (Internet
   Protocol), IEEE 802.2, and others.

   Physically, Fibre Channel is an interconnection of multiple
   communication points, called N_Ports, interconnected either by a
   switching network, called a Fabric, or by a point-to-point link.  A
   Fibre Channel "node" consists of one or more N_Ports.  A Fabric may
   consist of multiple Interconnect Elements, some of which are
   switches.  An N_Port connects to the Fabric via a port on a switch
   called an F_Port.  When multiple FC nodes are connected to a single
   port on a switch via an "Arbitrated Loop" topology, the switch port
   is called an FL_Port, and the nodes' ports are called NL_Ports.  The
   term Nx_Port is used to refer to either an N_Port or an NL_Port.  The
   term Fx_Port is used to refer to either an F_Port or an FL_Port.  A
   switch port, which is interconnected to another switch port via an




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   Inter-Switch Link (ISL), is called an E_Port.  A B_Port connects a
   bridge device with an E_Port on a switch; a B_Port provides a subset
   of E_Port functionality.

   Many Fibre Channel components (including the Fabric, each node, and
   most ports) have globally-unique names.  These globally-unique names
   are typically formatted as World Wide Names (WWNs).  More information
   on WWNs can be found in [FC-FS].  WWNs are expected to be persistent
   across agent and unit resets.

   Fibre Channel frames contain 24-bit address identifiers that identify
   the frame's source and destination ports.  Each FC port has both an
   address identifier and a WWN.  When a Fabric is in use, the FC
   address identifiers are dynamic and are assigned by a switch.  Each
   octet of a 24-bit address represents a level in an address hierarchy,
   with a Domain_ID being the highest level of the hierarchy.

   Virtual Fabrics allow a single physical Fabric to be divided into
   multiple logical Fabrics.  Each Virtual Fabric may be managed
   independently like traditional Fabrics.  Virtual Fabrics are designed
   to achieve a better utilization of a physical infrastructure and to
   isolate events in one Virtual Fabric from affecting other Fabrics.
   When one Core Switch provides switching functions for multiple
   Virtual Fabrics, that Core Switch is modeled as containing multiple
   Virtual Switches, one for each Virtual Fabric.

   Each Virtual Fabric is identified by a 12-bit Virtual Fabric ID
   (VF_ID).  When frames from multiple Virtual Fabrics are transmitted
   over a physical link, the VF_ID carried in a frame's Virtual Fabric
   Tagging Header (VFT_Header) identifies which Virtual Fabric the frame
   belongs to.  The use of VFT_Headers is enabled through an initial
   negotiation exchange between the two connected ports.

4.  Relationship to Other MIBs

   This MIB extends beyond [RFC4044] to cover the functionality, in
   Fibre Channel switches, of providing Fibre Channel's Virtual Fabrics
   function.

5.  MIB Overview

   This MIB module provides the means for monitoring the operation of,
   and configuring some parameters of, one or more instances of Fibre
   Channel Virtual Fabric functionality.  (Note that there are no
   definitions in this MIB module of "managed actions" which can be
   invoked via a remote network management protocol such as SNMP.)





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   The following MIB module has IMPORTS from [RFC2578], [RFC2579],
   [RFC2580], [RFC2863], [RFC4044], and [RFC4439].  In REFERENCE
   clauses, it refers to [FC-SW-4].

5.1.  Fibre Channel Management Instance

   A Fibre Channel management instance is defined in [RFC4044] as a
   separable managed instance of Fibre Channel functionality.  Fibre
   Channel functionality may be grouped into Fibre Channel management
   instances in whatever way is most convenient for the
   implementation(s).  For example, one such grouping accommodates a
   single SNMP agent having multiple AgentX [RFC2741] sub-agents, with
   each sub-agent implementing a different Fibre Channel management
   instance.

   The object, fcmInstanceIndex, is IMPORTed from the FC-MGMT-MIB
   [RFC4044] as the index value to uniquely identify each Fibre Channel
   management instance, for example within the same SNMP context
   ([RFC3411] section 3.3.1).  The t11vfVirtualSwitchTable augments the
   fcmSwitchTable, and the primary index variable of the fcmSwitchTable
   is fcmInstanceIndex.

5.2.  Representing Core and Virtual Switches

   In the presence of Virtual Switches, fcmSwitchTable in RFC4044
   contains a row for each Virtual Switch. fcmSwitchTable,
   t11vfCoreSwitchTable, and t11vfVirtualSwitchTable are complementary.
   The t11vfCoreSwitchTable and t11vfVirtualSwitchTable contain
   information that helps the management client determine which Switches
   are Virtual Switches and how each relates to a Core Switch.  A
   Virtual Switch must reside in a single Core Switch, and a Core Switch
   is defined as a set of entities with the same Core Switch_Name.

   RFC 4044 was defined before Virtual Switches were standard and
   represented only physical Switches, so the RFC 4044 tables were not
   defined as read-create.  With the advent of Virtual Switches, Virtual
   Switches can now be created by administrators, and read-create tables
   are required.  The StorageType of RFC 4044 tables were not defined,
   and StorageTypes used in this MIB should also apply to the RFC 4044
   tables that this MIB augments.











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6.  The T11-FC-VIRTUAL-FABRIC-MIB Module

   T11-FC-VIRTUAL-FABRIC-MIB DEFINITIONS ::= BEGIN

   IMPORTS
       MODULE-IDENTITY, OBJECT-TYPE,
       Unsigned32, mib-2
                               FROM SNMPv2-SMI         -- [RFC2578]
       MODULE-COMPLIANCE, OBJECT-GROUP
                               FROM SNMPv2-CONF        -- [RFC2580]
       RowStatus, StorageType  FROM SNMPv2-TC          -- [RFC2579]
       InterfaceIndex          FROM IF-MIB             -- [RFC2863]
       fcmInstanceIndex, FcNameIdOrZero,
       fcmPortEntry, fcmSwitchEntry
                               FROM FC-MGMT-MIB        -- [RFC4044]
       T11FabricIndex          FROM T11-TC-MIB;        -- [RFC4439]

   t11FcVirtualFabricMIB  MODULE-IDENTITY
       LAST-UPDATED    "200611100000Z"
       ORGANIZATION    "IETF IMSS (Internet and Management Support
                        for Storage) Working Group"
       CONTACT-INFO
               "
                        Scott Kipp
                        McDATA Corporation
                   Tel: +1 720 558-3452
                E-mail: scott.kipp@mcdata.com
                Postal: 4 McDATA Parkway
                        Broomfield, CO USA 80021

                        G D Ramkumar
                        SnapTell, Inc.
                   Tel: +1 650-326-7627
                E-mail: gramkumar@stanfordalumni.org
                Postal: 2741 Middlefield Rd, Suite 200
                        Palo Alto, CA USA 94306

                        Keith McCloghrie
                        Cisco Systems, Inc.
                   Tel: +1 408 526-5260
                E-mail: kzm@cisco.com
                Postal: 170 West Tasman Drive
                        San Jose, CA USA 95134
               "

       DESCRIPTION
           "This module defines management information specific to
            Fibre Channel Virtual Fabrics.  A Virtual Fabric is a



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            Fabric composed of partitions of switches, links and
            N_Ports with a single Fabric management domain, Fabric
            Services and independence from other Virtual Fabrics.

            Copyright (C) The IETF Trust (2006).  This version of
            this MIB module is part of RFC 4747; see the RFC itself for
            full legal notices."
       REVISION        "200611100000Z"
       DESCRIPTION
           "Initial version of this MIB module, published as RFC 4747."
       ::= { mib-2 147 }

   t11vfObjects       OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::= { t11FcVirtualFabricMIB 1 }
   t11vfConformance   OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::= { t11FcVirtualFabricMIB 2 }

   --********************************
   --  MIB object definitions
   --

   t11vfCoreSwitchTable  OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      SEQUENCE OF T11vfCoreSwitchEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "A table of core switches supported by the current
            management entity."
       ::= { t11vfObjects 1 }

   t11vfCoreSwitchEntry OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11vfCoreSwitchEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "Each entry represents one core switch."
       INDEX   { fcmInstanceIndex, t11vfCoreSwitchSwitchName }
       ::= { t11vfCoreSwitchTable 1}

   T11vfCoreSwitchEntry ::=
       SEQUENCE {
          t11vfCoreSwitchSwitchName   FcNameIdOrZero,
          t11vfCoreSwitchMaxSupported Unsigned32,
         t11vfCoreSwitchStorageType  StorageType
       }

   t11vfCoreSwitchSwitchName OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      FcNameIdOrZero (SIZE(8 | 16))
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current



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       DESCRIPTION
           "The Core Switch_Name (WWN) of this Core Switch."
       ::= { t11vfCoreSwitchEntry 1 }

   t11vfCoreSwitchMaxSupported OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      Unsigned32 (1..4095)
       MAX-ACCESS  read-write
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "In switches that do not support Virtual Fabrics,
            this object has the value of 1.  If Virtual Fabrics
            are supported, this object is the maximum number of
            Virtual Fabrics supported by the Core Switch.  For
            the purpose of this count, the Control VF_ID is
            ignored."
       ::= { t11vfCoreSwitchEntry 2 }

   t11vfCoreSwitchStorageType OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      StorageType
       MAX-ACCESS  read-write
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The storage type for this conceptual row.
            Conceptual rows having the value 'permanent' need not
            allow write-access to any columnar objects in the row."
       DEFVAL { nonVolatile }
       ::= { t11vfCoreSwitchEntry 3 }

   -- Virtual Switch table

   t11vfVirtualSwitchTable  OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      SEQUENCE OF T11vfVirtualSwitchEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "A table of Virtual Switches.  When one Core Switch
            provides switching functions for multiple Virtual Fabrics,
            that Core Switch is modeled as containing multiple
            Virtual Switches, one for each Virtual Fabric.  This table
            contains one row for every Virtual Switch on every Core
            Switch.  This table augments the basic switch information in
            the fcmSwitchTable Table in the FC-MGMT-MIB."
       REFERENCE
           "fcmSwitchTable is defined in the FC-MGMT-MIB [RFC4044]."
       ::= { t11vfObjects 2 }

   t11vfVirtualSwitchEntry OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11vfVirtualSwitchEntry



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       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "An entry of the Virtual Switch table.  Each row is for a
            Virtual Switch.

            This table augments the fcmSwitchTable, i.e., every entry
            in this table has a one-to-one correspondence with an
            entry in the fcmSwitchTable.  At the time when the
            fcmSwitchTable was defined, it applied to physical
            switches.  With the definition and usage of virtual
            switches, fcmSwitchTable now applies to virtual switches
            as well as physical switches, and (in contrast to physical
            switches) it is appropriate to provide the capability for
            virtual switches to be created via remote management
            applications, e.g., via SNMP.

            So, this entry contains a RowStatus object (to allow the
            creation of a virtual switch), as well as a StorageType
            object.  Obviously, if a row is created/deleted in this
            table, the corresponding row in the fcmSwitchTable will
            be created/deleted."
       REFERENCE
           "fcmSwitchEntry is defined in the FC-MGMT-MIB module
            [RFC4044]."
       AUGMENTS   { fcmSwitchEntry }
       ::= { t11vfVirtualSwitchTable 1}

   T11vfVirtualSwitchEntry ::=
       SEQUENCE {
           t11vfVirtualSwitchVfId               T11FabricIndex,
           t11vfVirtualSwitchCoreSwitchName     FcNameIdOrZero,
           t11vfVirtualSwitchRowStatus          RowStatus,
           t11vfVirtualSwitchStorageType       StorageType
       }

   t11vfVirtualSwitchVfId OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11FabricIndex
       MAX-ACCESS  read-create
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The VF_ID of the Virtual Fabric for which this virtual
            switch performs its switching function.  The Control
            VF_ID is implicitly enabled and is not set.
            Communication with the Control VF_ID is required."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.2"
       ::= { t11vfVirtualSwitchEntry 1 }



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   t11vfVirtualSwitchCoreSwitchName OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      FcNameIdOrZero (SIZE(8 | 16))
       MAX-ACCESS  read-only
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The Core Switch_Name (WWN) of the Core Switch that
            contains this Virtual Switch."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.2."
       ::= { t11vfVirtualSwitchEntry 2 }

   t11vfVirtualSwitchRowStatus OBJECT-TYPE
           SYNTAX      RowStatus
           MAX-ACCESS  read-create
           STATUS      current
           DESCRIPTION
               "The status of this row."
           ::= { t11vfVirtualSwitchEntry 3 }

   t11vfVirtualSwitchStorageType OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      StorageType
       MAX-ACCESS  read-create
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The storage type for this conceptual row.
            Conceptual rows having the value 'permanent' need not
            allow write-access to any columnar objects in the row."
       DEFVAL { nonVolatile }
       ::= { t11vfVirtualSwitchEntry 4 }

   -- Port table

   t11vfPortTable OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      SEQUENCE OF T11vfPortEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "A table of Port attributes related to Virtual Fabrics."
       ::= { t11vfObjects 3 }

   t11vfPortEntry OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11vfPortEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "Each entry represents a physical Port on a switch.
            Switches that support Virtual Fabrics would add



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            these four additional columns to the fcmPortEntry
            row."
       REFERENCE
           "fcmPortEntry is defined in the FC-MGMT-MIB module."
       AUGMENTS   { fcmPortEntry }
       ::= { t11vfPortTable 1}

   T11vfPortEntry ::=
       SEQUENCE {
           t11vfPortVfId                T11FabricIndex,
           t11vfPortTaggingAdminStatus   INTEGER,
           t11vfPortTaggingOperStatus    INTEGER,
           t11vfPortStorageType        StorageType
       }

   t11vfPortVfId OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11FabricIndex
       MAX-ACCESS  read-write
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The Port VF_ID assigned to this Port.  The Port VF_ID is the
            default Virtual Fabric that is assigned to untagged frames
            arriving at this Port.  The Control VF_ID is implicitly
            enabled and is not set.  Communication with the Control
            VF_ID is required."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.1"
       DEFVAL    {1}
       ::= { t11vfPortEntry 1 }

   t11vfPortTaggingAdminStatus OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX INTEGER {
           off(1),
           on(2),
           auto(3)
       }
       MAX-ACCESS  read-write
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "This object is used to configure the administrative status
            of Virtual Fabric tagging on this Port.

            SET operation   Description
            --------------  -------------------------------------------
            off(1)          To disable Virtual Fabric tagging on this
                            Port.

            on(2)           To enable Virtual Fabric tagging on this



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                            Port if the attached Port doesn't
                            prohibit it.

            auto(3)         To enable Virtual Fabric tagging if the
                            peer requests it."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.4"
       ::= { t11vfPortEntry 2 }

    t11vfPortTaggingOperStatus OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX INTEGER {
           off(1),
           on(2)
               }
       MAX-ACCESS  read-only
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "This object is used to report the operational status of
            Virtual Fabric tagging on this Port.

            SET operation   Description
            --------------  -------------------------------------------
            off(1)          Virtual Fabric tagging is disabled on this
                            Port.

            on(2)           Virtual Fabric tagging is enabled on this
                            Port."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.4"
       ::= { t11vfPortEntry 3 }

   t11vfPortStorageType OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      StorageType
       MAX-ACCESS  read-write
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The storage type for this conceptual row, and for the
            corresponding row in the augmented fcmPortTable.

            Conceptual rows having the value 'permanent' need not
            allow write-access to any columnar objects in the row."
       DEFVAL { nonVolatile }
       ::= { t11vfPortEntry 4 }


   -- Locally Enabled Table

   t11vfLocallyEnabledTable OBJECT-TYPE



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       SYNTAX      SEQUENCE OF T11vfLocallyEnabledEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "A table for assigning and reporting operational status of
            locally-enabled Virtual Fabric IDs to Ports.  The set of
            Virtual Fabrics operational on the Port is the bit-wise
            'AND' of the set of locally-enabled VF_IDs of this Port
            and the locally-enabled VF_IDs of the attached Port."
       ::= { t11vfObjects 4 }

   t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11vfLocallyEnabledEntry
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "An entry for each locally-enabled VF_ID on
            each Port."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.5, section 12.4"
       INDEX { t11vfLocallyEnabledPortIfIndex, t11vfLocallyEnabledVfId }

       ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledTable 1}

   T11vfLocallyEnabledEntry ::=
       SEQUENCE {
           t11vfLocallyEnabledPortIfIndex    InterfaceIndex,
           t11vfLocallyEnabledVfId           T11FabricIndex,
           t11vfLocallyEnabledOperStatus     INTEGER,
           t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus      RowStatus,
           t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType    StorageType
       }

   t11vfLocallyEnabledPortIfIndex OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      InterfaceIndex
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "The value of the ifIndex that identifies the Port."
       ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry 1 }

   t11vfLocallyEnabledVfId OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX      T11FabricIndex
       MAX-ACCESS  not-accessible
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "A locally-enabled VF_ID on this Port."
       ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry 2 }



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   t11vfLocallyEnabledOperStatus OBJECT-TYPE
       SYNTAX INTEGER {
           off(1),
           on(2)
               }
       MAX-ACCESS  read-only
       STATUS      current
       DESCRIPTION
           "This object is used to report the operational status of
            Virtual Fabric tagging on this Port.

            SET operation   Description
            --------------  -------------------------------------------
            off(1)          Virtual Fabric tagging is disabled on this
                            Port.

            on(2)           Virtual Fabric tagging is enabled on this
                            Port."
       REFERENCE
           "FC-SW-4, REV 7.3, section 12.4"
       ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry 3 }

   t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus OBJECT-TYPE
           SYNTAX      RowStatus
           MAX-ACCESS  read-create
           STATUS      current
           DESCRIPTION
               "The status of this conceptual row.

                When a row in this table is in 'active(1)' state,
                no object in that row can be modified except
                t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus and
                t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType."
           ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry 4 }

   t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType OBJECT-TYPE
           SYNTAX      StorageType
           MAX-ACCESS  read-create
           STATUS      current
           DESCRIPTION
               "The storage type for this conceptual row.
                Conceptual rows having the value 'permanent' need not
                allow write-access to any columnar objects in the row."
           DEFVAL { nonVolatile }
           ::= { t11vfLocallyEnabledEntry 5 }

   --********************************



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   -- Conformance Section
   --

   t11vfMIBCompliances OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::= { t11vfConformance 1 }
   t11vfMIBGroups      OBJECT IDENTIFIER ::= { t11vfConformance 2 }

   t11vfMIBCompliance MODULE-COMPLIANCE
       STATUS  current
       DESCRIPTION
           "Describes the requirements for compliance to the
            Fibre Channel Virtual Fabric MIB."
       MODULE  -- this module
           MANDATORY-GROUPS { t11vfGeneralGroup }

           OBJECT t11vfCoreSwitchMaxSupported
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfCoreSwitchStorageType
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfVirtualSwitchVfId
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfVirtualSwitchRowStatus
           SYNTAX RowStatus { active(1) }
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfVirtualSwitchStorageType
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfPortVfId
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfPortTaggingAdminStatus
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION



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               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfPortStorageType
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus
           SYNTAX       RowStatus { active(1) }
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

           OBJECT t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType
           MIN-ACCESS read-only
           DESCRIPTION
               "Write access is not required."

       ::= { t11vfMIBCompliances 1 }

   -- Units of conformance

       t11vfGeneralGroup  OBJECT-GROUP
           OBJECTS { t11vfCoreSwitchMaxSupported,
                     t11vfVirtualSwitchVfId,
                     t11vfVirtualSwitchCoreSwitchName,
                     t11vfVirtualSwitchRowStatus,
                     t11vfPortVfId,
                     t11vfPortTaggingAdminStatus,
                     t11vfLocallyEnabledOperStatus,
                     t11vfPortTaggingOperStatus,
                     t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus,
                  t11vfCoreSwitchStorageType,
                      t11vfVirtualSwitchStorageType,
                     t11vfPortStorageType,
                     t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType

           }
           STATUS current
           DESCRIPTION
               "A collection of objects for monitoring and
                configuring Virtual Fabrics in a Fibre Channel switch."
           ::= { t11vfMIBGroups 1 }

   END






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7.  Security Considerations

   There are a number of management objects defined in this MIB module
   with a MAX-ACCESS clause of read-write and/or read-create.  Such
   objects may be considered sensitive or vulnerable in some network
   environments.  The support for SET operations in a non-secure
   environment without proper protection can have a negative effect on
   network operations.  These are the tables and objects and their
   sensitivity/vulnerability:

   t11vfCoreSwitchMaxSupported, t11vfVirtualSwitchVfId,
   t11vfCoreSwitchStorageType, t11vfVirtualSwitchStorageType and
   t11vfVirtualSwitchRowStatus

        - the ability to change the configuration of Virtual Fabrics on
          a particular switch.

   t11vfPortTaggingAdminStatus, t11vfLocallyEnabledRowStatus,
   t11vfPortVfId, t11vfPortStorageType and
   t11vfLocallyEnabledStorageType

        - the ability to change the configuration of Virtual Fabrics on
          a port of a particular switch.

   Some of the readable objects in this MIB module (i.e., objects with a
   MAX-ACCESS other than not-accessible) may be considered sensitive or
   vulnerable in some network environments.  It is thus important to
   control even GET and/or NOTIFY access to these objects and possibly
   to even encrypt the values of these objects when sending them over
   the network via SNMP.  These are the tables and objects and their
   sensitivity/vulnerability:

   t11vfVirtualSwitchCoreSwitchName, t11vfPortTaggingOperStatus,
   t11vfLocallyEnabledOperStatus,

        - the ability to discover configuration of Virtual Fabrics on a
          virtual switch or a port.

   SNMP versions prior to SNMPv3 did not include adequate security.
   Even if the network itself is secure (for example by using IPSec),
   even then, there is no control as to who on the secure network is
   allowed to access and GET/SET (read/change/create/delete) the objects
   in this MIB module.

   It is RECOMMENDED that implementers consider the security features as
   provided by the SNMPv3 framework (see [RFC3410], section 8),
   including full support for the SNMPv3 cryptographic mechanisms (for
   authentication and privacy).



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   Further, deployment of SNMP versions prior to SNMPv3 is NOT
   RECOMMENDED.  Instead, it is RECOMMENDED to deploy SNMPv3 and to
   enable cryptographic security.  It is then a customer/operator
   responsibility to ensure that the SNMP entity giving access to an
   instance of this MIB module is properly configured to give access to
   the objects only to those principals (users) that have legitimate
   rights to indeed GET or SET (change/create/delete) them.

8.  IANA Considerations

   IANA has assigned 147 for the MIB module under the appropriate
   subtree.

9.  Acknowledgements

   This document was developed by the INCITS Task Group T11.5. We wish
   to acknowledge the contributions and comments from the INCITS
   Technical Committee T11 and the IMSS WG, including the following:

         T11 Chair: Robert Snively, Brocade
         T11 Vice Chair: Claudio Desanti, Cisco Systems
         T11.5 Chair: Roger Cummings, Symantec
         IMSS WG Chair: David Black, EMC Corporation
         Bert Wijnen, Lucent

10.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC2578]  McCloghrie, K., Perkins, D., Schoenwaelder, J., Case, J.,
              Rose, M., and S. Waldbusser, "Structure of Management
              Information Version 2 (SMIv2)", RFC 2578, April 1999.

   [RFC2579]  McCloghrie, K., Perkins, D., Schoenwaelder, J., Case, J.,
              Rose, M., and S. Waldbusser, "Textual Conventions for
              SMIv2", STD 58, RFC 2579, April 1999.

   [RFC2580]  McCloghrie, K., Perkins, D., Schoenwaelder, J., Case, J.,
              Rose, M., and S. Waldbusser, "Conformance Statements for
              SMIv2", RFC 2580, April 1999.

   [RFC2863]  McCloghrie, K. and F. Kastenholz, "The Interfaces Group
              MIB", RFC 2863, June 2000.

   [RFC4044]  McCloghrie, K., "Fibre Channel Management MIB", RFC 4044,
              May 2005.




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   [RFC4439]  DeSanti, C., Gaonkar, V., McCloghrie, K., and S. Gai,
              "Fibre Channel Fabric Address Manager MIB", RFC 4439,
              March 2006.

   [FC-FS]    "Fibre Channel Framing and Signaling - 2 (FC-FS-2)", ANSI
              INCITS 1619-D,
              http://www.t11.org/t11/stat.nsf/upnum/1619-d, 2006.

   [FC-SW-4]  "Fibre Channel Switch Fabric 4 (FC-SW-4)", ANSI INCITS
              418-2006, http://www.t11.org/t11/stat.nsf/upnum/1674-d,
              2006.

11.  Informative References

   [RFC3410]  Case, J., Mundy, R., Partain, D., and B. Stewart,
              "Introduction and Applicability Statements for Internet-
              Standard Management Framework", RFC 3410, December 2002.

   [RFC2741]  Daniele, M., Wijnen, B., Ellison, M., and D. Francisco,
              "Agent Extensibility (AgentX) Protocol Version 1", RFC
              2741, January 2000.

   [RFC3411]  Harrington, D., Presuhn, R., and B. Wijnen, "An
              Architecture for Describing Simple Network Management
              Protocol (SNMP) Management Frameworks", STD 62, RFC 3411,
              December 2002.

























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Authors' Addresses

   Scott Kipp
   McDATA Corporation
   4 McDATA Parkway
   Broomfield, CO 80021

   Phone: +1 720-558-3452
   EMail: scott.kipp@mcdata.com


   G D Ramkumar
   SnapTell, Inc.
   2741 Middlefield Rd, Suite 200
   Palo Alto, CA 94306

   Phone: +1 650-326-7627
   EMail: gramkumar@stanfordalumni.org


   Keith McCloghrie
   Cisco Systems
   170 West Tasman Drive
   San Jose, CA USA 95134

   Phone: +1 408-526-5260
   EMail: kzm@cisco.com
























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