Are you an IT administrator?  Do you manage your corporate data center with SANs?  Do you want flexibility in deployments that need rapid re-configuration of system workloads to another system?  If the answer is yes, you may want to set up IO Identity, which are the following five virtual addresses:

  • Virtual MAC Address
  • Virtual iSCSI MAC Address
  • Virtual FIP MAC Address
  • Virtual  WWN
  • Virtual  WWPN

 

IO Identity cannot be set locally by system setup (press F2 to enter) or iDRAC GUI.  It can be set remotely with WSMAN / winrm commands. 

 

The remote API exposed by Dell LifeCycle Controller capability of Dell’s 12th generation servers provides the capability of overriding the I/O identity attribute of the card with its virtual attributes.  This provides more flexibility in deployments that need rapid re-configuration of system workloads to another system.

Is this what you want to do, but wonder how to do it?

 

Dell has published a white paper IO Identity Setup Using Lifecycle Controller.  The white paper tells you in details how to set up IO identity for Intel card, QLogic card and Broadcom card.

 

The following is a summary of the white paper:

  • What is IO identity
  • Workflow to set up IO identity for Intel card
  • Workflow to set up IO identity for QLogic card
  • Workflow to set up IO identity for Broadcom card
  • Sample winrm commands to set up IO identity
  • Experience and lesson in set up IO identity

 

See the full article in this whitepaper:

 IO Identity Setup Using Lifecycle Controller



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