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Optimizing and Troubleshooting: Hyper-V Networking by Mitch Tulloch

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Chapter 7. N_Port ID Virtualization

N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) is a technology available in a Fibre Channel (FC) storage area network (SAN) that allows multiple N_Port IDs to share a single physical N_Port on the SAN. NPIV uses Host Bus Adapter (HBA) technology to create virtual HBA ports on hosts by abstracting the underlying physical port. This allows a single physical Fibre Channel HBA port to function as multiple logical ports, each having its own identity. Different virtual machines can then attach themselves to their own virtual HBA ports so they can be independently zoned to a distinct and dedicated World Wide Port Name (WWPN) on the SAN.

The Virtual Fibre Channel feature of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V uses the existing NPIV T11 standard ...

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