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ESXi 5.0 ESXCLI plug-in (BCU) support for Brocade (2001842)

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This article provides information about Brocade’s BCU CLI tool, which collects comprehensive management information on Brocade’s storage adapters.This article helps you understand the extent to which your preferred server adapter supports 5.0 and how the vSphere-enabled servers are ready to be migrated to 5.0.

Note: The partner products referenced in this article are software modules that are developed and supported by a partner. Use of these products is also governed by the end user license agreement of the partner. You must obtain the application, support, and licensing for using this product from the partner.


Plan for Supporting the vSphere 5.0 ESXi Architecture

The BCU tool, along with associated shell scripts built on top of it, runs in the Console OS on ESX systems. It uses an IOCTL interface to the drivers to configure Brocade drivers.

On ESXi 5.0 systems, BCU runs as an ESXCLI plug-in in the ESXi userworld environment.


BCU commands can be run as follows:

>esxcli brocade bcu --command=”COMMAND”

where COMMAND is the bcu command, such as port --list

Refer to the documentation for all BCU commands.


Here are some examples:
  • To get the ports list, run the command:

    >esxcli bcu --command=”port –list”

  • To get the list of all the rport on 1/0, run the command:

    >esxcli brocade bcu --command=”rport –list 1/0

  • To collect the brocade support save, run the command:

    >esxcli brocade supportsave

Support information

The plug-in can be downloaded from the Brocade adapters website. Navigate to the Downloads page, choose VMware from the list of operating systems or select the OEM from which the Brocade adapter was purchased, and download the VMware ESXi 5.0 Adapter Drivers Package. The plug-in is an offline-bundle zip file (for example, and is part of the above downloaded package.

Product documentation is available for download from the web page as the driver package.

You can obtain support by emailing or by contacting the OEM from which you purchased the Brocade adapter.



See Also

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