NAME fipvlan - Fibre Channel over Ethernet VLAN Discovery

SYNOPSIS fipvlan [-c|--create] [-s|--start] interfaces

fipvlan -a|--auto [-c|--create] [-d|--debug] [-s|--start] [-l|--link- retry <num>]

fipvlan -h|--help

fipvlan -v|--version

DESCRIPTION The fipvlan command performs Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Initialization Protocol (FIP) VLAN Discovery over Ethernet interfaces. fipvlan can be used as a diagnostic tool to determine which VLANs have FCoE services available on a network, prior to configuring VLAN interfaces and the Open-FCoE initiator. fipvlan can also be used to create VLAN interfaces as they are discovered, and to start the Open-FCoE initiator. The --create and --start options are primarily intended to be used as part of an Open-FCoE boot solution. FCoE instances started in this way cannot be destroyed or reset by fcoeadm.

fipvlan takes a list of network interface names to run the VLAN discovery protocol over, or the --auto option to use all available Ethernet interfaces.

fipvlan will enable any interface which is found to be not enabled by the time the program runs. If no response is received on that interface it will be shutdown again when fipvlan terminates.

OPTIONS -a, --auto Use all Ethernet interfaces currently available

-c, --create Create network interfaces for discovered FCoE VLANs. If a VLAN device already exists for a discovered VLAN, a new VLAN device will not be created.

-d, --debug Enable debugging output

-s, --start Start the Open-FCoE initiator on discovered FCoE VLANs

-f, --suffix <suffix string> Append the specified string <suffix string> to VLAN interface names.

-l, --link-retry <number of retries> Retry check for link up up to <number of retries> times. The link state is retried every 500 ms. The default is 20.

-h, --help Display a help message with basic usage instructions

-v, --version Display the fipvlan version string

VLAN NAMING CONVENTIONS The default VLAN device name is dev.vlan; where dev is the name of the Ethernet parent device and vlan is the discovered VLAN ID number. An optional suffix can be appended to this with -f commandline option.

EXAMPLES Display all discoverable VLANs with FCoE services

fipvlan --auto

Discover FCoE VLANs on interface eth2, create VLAN devices and start the Open-FCoE initiator

fipvlan --create --start eth2

In this example if FCoE services were available on VLAN 101 of network interface eth2, then a VLAN interface eth2.101-fcoe would be created and used as the parent device for the initiator.

SEE ALSO fcoeadm(8) fcoemon(8)

SUPPORT fipvlan is part of the fcoe-utils package, maintained through the Open-FCoE project. Resources for both developers and users can be found at the Open-FCoE website

Open-FCoE 10/06/2011 FIPVLAN(8)