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Qle2460 on Windows 10 to Qle2460 on Debian 9

Hello,

I`m from Germany so please excuse my bad English.

 I have got a Server with two QLogic qle2360 and decided to swap then into my private PC (Windows 10) and into my Server (Debian 9). Because I haven’t a fast switch for LWL I decided to connect them directly to each other (A->B, B->A). Now I have the Problem, that in Windows I can’t see the Connection.
As say in the Thread (https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/759618-qlogic-sanblade-qle-2460-windows-10/) I have download the latest driver for the windows server and run them on my pc. But bevor I can use them I had to run the compatibility mode in Windows and set it to Windows 7.

In the given Program from QLogic I can see that the Link is Online but I can’t see the connection in my Network connections. So, what I have to change to see it? And how I will find out the IP or is there another authentication by LWL.

Thanks.

Philipp from Germany

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A QLogic QLE 2360 is a Fibre Channel HBA card, it doesn't do Ethernet networking at all so you won't be able to use it as a peer-to-peer link between computers for a standard network connection. Fibre Channel is a network protocol used for storage and is a different class of networking to Ethernet.

 

Easiest option is to get a suitable replacement card on ebay, like a Mellanox ConnectX-2.

 

If you dear go down this path, I suggest not, you can turn your Linux server in to a Fibre Channel storage target then on your Windows computer connect to that storage target using the Fibre Channel card.

 

Example:

https://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-create-a-fiber-channel-san-using-scst-with-qlogic-hba-on-linux-debian-6

http://linux-iscsi.org/wiki/Fibre_Channel

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While FCoE (fibre channel over ethernet) is a thing, this is a pure fibre channel card, it doesn't do ethernet, like @leadeater said :) 

 

Gotta buy Ethernet cards ;) 

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Thanks to your answer. I don’t want to use the fiber channel connection to get ethernet. I want to use them to arrive my Server especially the samba service to provide better speed on data transfer.

When I understand you correctly I have to switch my Server into a fiber Chanel san to get my Goal and them I have to set my Windows PC as target in the config in the Server. ( http://linux-iscsi.org/wiki/Fibre_Channel or https://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-create-a-fiber-channel-san-using-scst-with-qlogic-hba-on-linux-debian-6 )

And I don’t have to change cards for this type of connection.

Thanks for help.

I am really new in the fiber connection thing.

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