The latest release of the Virtual Connect FlexFabric Cookbook is now available for download.

This document replaces the original first edition FlexFabric Cookbook from Nov 2010 and is based on VC 3.30 and 3.51 feature enhancements.

It can be found at


The purpose of this Virtual Connect Cookbook is to provide users of Virtual Connect with a better understanding of the concepts and steps required when integrating HP BladeSystem and Virtual Connect Flex-10 or FlexFabric components into an existing network.

The scenarios in this Cookbook vary from simplistic to more complex while covering a range of typical building blocks to use when designing Virtual Connect Flex-10 or FlexFabric solutions.  Although these scenarios are shown individually, some scenarios could be combined to create a more complex and versatile Virtual Connect environment, such as the combined use of Shares Uplink Sets (SUS) and vNet Tunnels. Existing users of Virtual Connect will quickly realize that as of VC firmware release 3.30 that the selection between “Mapped” and “Tunneled” modes are no longer of concern.  The capabilities provided in those modes are now available in the default installation of VC firmware 3.30 and beyond. These capabilities and changes will be discussed in further detail later in this paper.

The scenarios as written are meant to be self-contained configurations and do not build on earlier scenarios, with this you may find some repetition or duplication of configuration across scenarios. This paper is not meant to be a complete or detailed guide to Virtual Connect Flex-10 or FlexFabric, but is intended to provide the reader with some valid examples of how Virtual Connect Flex-10 or

FlexFabric could be deployed within their environments. Many additional configurations or scenarios could also be implemented. Please refer to the following section for additional reference material on Virtual Connect, Flex-10 and FlexFabric.