The Dell Chassis Management Controller provides the feature to capture the identity of Network Interface Card/Fibre Channel (NIC/FC) partition of server in XML format referred as Boot Identity Profile. Boot Identity Profiles contains unique virtual MAC and WWN/WWPN addresses. The profiles are saved to NFS or CIFS network shares and applied to a spare server with identical NIC/FC card located in the same or different chassis. By applying the Boot Identity profile enables the spare server to SAN boot the operating system and applications of the failed server. However, this feature requires close attention to details on attributes in profile such as I/O Identity, target settings and other protocol specific configurations that could causes issues if misconfigured. The main advantage of this feature is the use of a virtual MAC address pool that is unique and shared across all chassis.

The Boot Identity feature involves creating locally administered virtual MAC address pool database (vmacdb.xml) in network share and saving the Boot Identity profiles from NIC/FC partition which contains the unique MAC address from the virtual MAC address pool. These Boot Identity profiles can be applied to spare server to enable iSCSI/FCoE/FC SAN booting. This feature is supported only with Enterprise license in VRTX, FX2 and FX2s variants. No license is required for the M1000e Chassis.