About This Guide

This guide explains the Fibre Channel administrative software, including the command-line interfaces (CLIs) and the Fibre Channel RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) graphical user interface (GUI). These interfaces to the Silicon Graphics Fibre Channel storage systems enable you to administer, monitor, and adjust FibreVault (non-RAID) and Fibre Channel RAID disk arrays.

The Fibre Channel storage systems interface with Silicon Graphics Origin2000, Origin200, Onyx2, and OCTANE systems. The software described in this guide runs on a console or terminal attached to one of these workstations, which is running IRIX level 6.4 or later.


This guide is for the system administrator responsible for configuring and administering Silicon Graphics fibre channel options. This person should have an understanding of the Silicon Graphics Fibre Channel RAID and non-RAID (also known as JBOD, or “just a bunch of disks”) storage-system hardware and its administration, RAID types, and the hardware and software components of all array configurations that the software is to administer.

For information on RAID levels supported for IRIS FailSafe, ask your Silicon Graphics Sales Engineer.

Structure of This Guide

This guide is organized as follows:

An index completes this guide.

Other Documentation

Besides this manual, have handy these owner's guides:

  • Origin FibreVault and Fibre Channel RAID Owner's Guide

  • owner's guide(s) for the server(s) in your configuration

If you don't have these guides handy, the information is also online in the following locations:

  • IRIS InSight Library: from the Toolchest, choose Help > Online Books > SGI EndUser or SGI Admin, and select the applicable owner's or hardware guide.

  • Technical Publications Library: if you have access to the Internet, enter the following URL in your Web browser location window:


In command syntax descriptions and examples, square brackets ( [ ] ) or angle brackets ( < > ) surrounding an argument indicate an optional argument. Variable parameters are in italics. Replace these variables with the appropriate string or value.

Command-line flags and switches are in boldface regular type; these are preceded with dashes or with a plus or minus, for example, -e.

Commands, IRIX filenames, and document titles are in italics.

Messages and prompts that appear onscreen are shown in fixed-width type. Entries that are to be typed exactly as shown are in boldface fixed-width type.

Names of buttons in the RAID GUI are shown in italics. Menu selections are indicated with this convention: Array > Write Cache State > Disable means choose Write Cache State in the Array menu, and then choose Disable in the popup menu that appears.