24.4. Configuring a Fibre Channel over Ethernet Interface

Setting up and deploying a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) interface requires two packages:
  • fcoe-utils
  • lldpad
Once these packages are installed, perform the following procedure to enable FCoE over a virtual LAN (VLAN):

Procedure 24.8. Configuring an Ethernet interface to use FCoE

  1. To configure a new VLAN, make a copy of an existing network script, for example /etc/fcoe/cfg-eth0, and change the name to the Ethernet device that supports FCoE. This provides you with a default file to configure. Given that the FCoE device is ethX, run:
    # cp /etc/fcoe/cfg-ethx  /etc/fcoe/cfg-ethX
    Modify the contents of cfg-ethX as needed. Notably, set DCB_REQUIRED to no for networking interfaces that implement a hardware Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) protocol client.
  2. If you want the device to automatically load during boot time, set ONBOOT=yes in the corresponding /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-ethX file. For example, if the FCoE device is eth2, edit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth2 accordingly.
  3. Start the data center bridging daemon (dcbd) by running:
    # systemctl start lldpad
  4. For networking interfaces that implement a hardware DCBX client, skip this step.
    For interfaces that require a software DCBX client, enable data center bridging on the Ethernet interface by running:
    # dcbtool sc ethX dcb on
    Then, enable FCoE on the Ethernet interface by running:
    # dcbtool sc ethX app:fcoe e:1
    Note that these commands only work if the dcbd settings for the Ethernet interface were not changed.
  5. Load the FCoE device now using:
    # ip link set dev ethX up
  6. Start FCoE using:
    # systemctl start fcoe
    The FCoE device appears soon if all other settings on the fabric are correct. To view configured FCoE devices, run:
    # fcoeadm -i
After correctly configuring the Ethernet interface to use FCoE, Red Hat recommends that you set FCoE and lldpad to run at startup. To do so, use chkconfig, as in:
# systemctl enable lldpad
# systemctl enable fcoe


Running the # systemctl stop fcoe command stops the daemon, but does not reset the configuration of FCoE interfaces. To do so, run the # systemctl -s SIGHUP kill fcoe command.
As of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, Network Manager has the ability to query and set the DCB settings of a DCB capable Ethernet interface.