Check FCoE Parameter On ESXi and Switch F10 S5000

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Hi all,

according to my last experience with FCoE, I’d like to share a step by step guide on how to check everything before configuring FCoE on ESXi and how to find if it works correctly.

First of all you need to note down your FCoE adapter model and check firmware and driver version supported my the esxi version you are running. Follow this link:


you have a Qlogic

to obtain the driver type that the Host Bus Adapter is currently using run this command:

# esxcfg-scsidevs -a

The uotput should similar to this:

vmhba43 bnx2fc            link-up   fcoe.2000f4e9d49fcbd1:2001f4e9d49fcbd1  (0:5:0.0) Broadcom Corporation QLogic 57810 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
vmhba44 bnx2fc            link-down fcoe.2000f4e9d49fcbd3:2001f4e9d49fcbd3  (0:5:0.1) Broadcom Corporation QLogic 57810 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

Pay attention if the link is up, down or in n/a stata and before going on investigate.

To check the driver version run this command:

# vmkload_mod -s HBADriver |grep Version

vmkload_mod -s bnx2fc | grep Version
Version: Version 1.712.10.v55.2, Build: 1331820, Interface: 9.2 Built on: Nov 24 2014

To check the firmware versione run this command:

vmkchdev -l |grep vmnic4
0000:05:00.0 14e4:168e 14e4:1006 vmkernel vmnic4

Determine which interfaces are FCoE capable by running this command:

# esxcli fcoe nic list

Verify that the interface is activated by one of these steps:

# esxcli fcoe adapter list

Check even the firmware version. Not all driver version are supported with a certain firmware version.

If you wanna add them manually from ssh just run thees commands:

esxcli fcoe nic list
esxcli fcoe nic enable -n vmnicX
esxcli fcoe nic discover -n vmnicX
esxcli fcoe adapter list



I cannot copy and paste all the configuration so I’ll write exerpts of configurations.

Port configuration:

interface TenGigabitEthernet 0/14
no ip address
mtu 12000
portmode hybrid
spanning-tree rstp edge-port
fcoe-map FabB_CM
dcb-map SAN_DCB_MAP
no shutdown

Check if fcoe-map is in Oper-State UP

#show fcoe-map brief
Fabric-Name   Fabric-Id         Vlan-Id     FC-MAP    FCF-Priority  Config-State      Oper-State
Fabric1        1003               1003      0efc02         128        ACTIVE              UP
Fabric2        1004               1004      0efc03         128        ACTIVE              UP

Check sessions

show fip-snooping sessions
Enode MAC          Enode Intf          FCF MAC         FCF Intf     VLAN    FCoE MAC           FC-ID      Port WWPN                   Port WWNN
------------------ -----------        --------          ------    -------- ----------------   --------  ----------------------   ------------------------
00:90:fa:ca:34:85   Te 0/14        f8:bc:12:27:4e:e4    Fc 0/1      1003   0e:fc:02:01:18:04  01:18:04  10:00:00:90:fa:ca:34:85  20:00:00:90:fa:ca:34:85


Follow this vmware KB:

And this KB:

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