The Great Conversion (Part 2)

CX3-20c take oneYes, it’s been a while.

Over 18 months ago, I started converting an old CX300 to a CX3-20c.

(Set the wayback machine and see The Great Conversion )

Shortly after I started this, I got wrapped up in work, got laid off, found new work in the wrong state, spent 12 months commuting from Virginia to Washington, etc. etc. etc.)

So i’ve been back for just over six weeks now, and I’m finally settled into the new job, So I *FINALLY got motivated to finish this project.


Needless to say, there wasn’t much to it.  Once I got the SP’s to realize I was booting off a DAE full of 2G drives, (the LCC link came up at 4G until I forced the issue by adding another, working DAE to the loop) everyth
ing went almost completely automatically.

Torquemada would be proud...

But, like a good techie, I followed the procedure to a letter, (as generated by the Clariion Procedure Generator) and at the end of the day (literally, less than 4 hours from when I started the second half of the migration) it’s done, and I have a CX3-20c.

I *ALSO* ended up with a CX3-10c through an EBAY fluke.  (I found one for $750 which was a bit much except that the DAE came with 15x 300G FC drives.  Had to have the drives, so bought the whole thing instead.  I *THOUGHT* the CX3 I had was also a CX3-10c, so was looking for an easy workaround.  (The only external difference is that the CX3-20c has 4 IP ports per SP, the CX3-10c has only two)

Now I have a potential target system if I ever need to replicate, because obviously one of the benefits of the ‘C’ version vs. the “F” version is the presence of ethernet storage ports.


So next week I start the process of moving over to the new storage….  When all is said and done, I’ll have a few nifty paperweights…


Anyone wanna buy:

1. A CX300

2. A CX500

3. An NS500 (captured or split back-end, your choice)

I also have a couple of Brocade DS16B2 switches floating around. (These were from before my Cisco upgrade last year)

Everything works, and yes, the NAS comes with a working control station.


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    • Cyber_Indian on June 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm
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    What to trade CX3-80 image backup for CX3-20C image backup ?
    I’m a HUGE fan of Fibre Channel, so dug deep into my pocket and bought CX3-20C, 4PDAE and everything that I would need. But unfortunately it has CX3-80 boot drives, so now I’m stuck.

    • Cyber_Indian on June 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm
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    Want to trade CX3-80 image backup for CX3-20C image backup ?

    1. If I had the CX3/20 still I would, in a heartbeat. Lost it, and all of my equipment, in a bad lease deal with the crooks that I used to rent space from.

      More on that after litigation is complete.

    • Mike on January 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm
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    I’m just getting into the EMC field. They make it way too difficult, at least as perceived from other fields. Cisco? Buy a router. Linux? Download it. EMC? Ef-you.

    You can probably guess where this is going. The CX500 I purchased through EBay is missing the vault drives. I managed to get Flare, can’t do anything with it. There’s a super secret handshake that I’m not in on.

    Anyway, I know this thing is ancient… but it’s mine! I noticed you have a CX500, hoping you can help. What is the Clariion Procedure Generator you refer to? Something only EMC employees have access to?

    1. Heh – yes..

      However, here is a bonus for you. If you have the drives, ship them to me and I’ll make you a new flare set. Email me for info. (jg (at*)

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