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Fibre Channel

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Last Modified 2022-05-16 14:24 EDT

Fibre Channel is a high-speed data transfer protocol providing in-order, lossless delivery of raw block data. Fibre Channel is primarily used to connect computer data storage to servers in storage area networks in commercial data centers. The Fibre Channel protocol is fast, cost effective, and reliable over a wide variety of storage workloads.

Fibre Channel is a TrueNAS Enterprise feature. Only TrueNAS systems licensed for Fibre Channel have the Fibre Channel Ports tab on the Sharing > Block Shares (iSCSI) screen.

Initiators and Authorized Access screens only apply to iSCSI block shares and can be ignored when configuring Fibre Channel ports.

Fibre Channel Ports

The Fibre Channel Ports screen displays a table of ports configured on the TrueNAS.

FibreChannelPortsScreen

Use the blue Columns button to display options to can change the Fibre Channel table display. Options are Unselect All, WWPN, State or Reset to Defaults.

Click to expand the Fibre Channel Ports options.

FibreChannelPortsScreenExpanded

Fibre Channel Mode Settings

The Mode radio buttons display additional information on the screen based on the selection made.

FibreChannelPortConnectedInitiators12U8

SettingDescription
InitiatorSets the port as an initiator. Displays Connected Initiators on the right side of the screen for the selected target.
TargetSets the port as a target. Dipslays the Targets dropdown list field on the right side of the screen. Select the port from the list. Connected Initiators for the selected targe display below the dropdown field.
DisabledDisables the selected Fibre Channel port.

SAVE after making any setting change.

Targets Settings for Fibre Channels

Sharing ISCSI Targets Add Fibre

The Targets > Add screen Target Mode dropdown list includes options to select iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or Both.

Associated Target Settings for Fibre Channels

FibreChannelAssoicatedTargetsScreen

The Targets > Add screen Target Mode dropdown list includes options to select iSCSI, Fibre Channel, or Both.

Additional Information

For more information on iSCSI see:

About iSCSI Shares

The iSCSI Screen

Fibre Channel Ports Screen

Adding an iSCSI Share

Using iSCSI Shares

Increasing iSCSI Share Available Storage

Setting Up Fibre Channel

Setting Up NPIV