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Using An Address Naming Convention With Cisco UCS

Working with a customer today, the idea of Address Pools came up during a discussion about Cisco UCS. During this discussion we tossed out the idea of using a Address Naming Convention in the Cisco UCS environment. The purpose being, given a MAC, World Wide Port Name (WWPN) or World Wide Node Name (WWNN); I should be able to identify what Cisco UCS Domain, UCS Fabric, NIC and Blade number.

Here is what we use internally, it is what we shared with the customer:

For MAC Addresses:

Sample MAC address: 00:25:B5:01:A0:01
In blue, 00:25:B5, bytes 1-3 represent the vendor identification of the MAC Address (Cisco).
In violet, 01; byte 4, represents the UCS Domain identifier in HEX, giving us 256 unique Domains.
In green, A0l; byte 5, represents the interface identifier. This is displayed in HEX (0-F)
In red, 01; byte 6, represents the blade number in decimal format (1-8).

This address naming convention can then be applied to the WWPN and WWNN addresses throughout the Cisco UCS environment. Resulting in the ability to quickly identify (and hopefully troubleshoot) your UCS environment if needed.

xx:xx:xx:xx:xx – Vendor specific bytes 1-3 for MAC and bytes 1-5 for WWPN and WWNN (Cisco)

WWPN address: 20:00:00:25:B5:01:A0:01
20:00:00:25:B5 – Vendor specific bytes 1-5 (Cisco)

WWNN address: 20:00:00:25:B5:01:A0:01
20:00:00:25:B5 – Vendor specific bytes 1-5 (Cisco)


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