Cisco UCS Manager CLI Configuration Guide, Release 2.1
Configuring MAC Pools
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Configuring MAC Pools

Configuring MAC Pools

This chapter includes the following sections:

MAC Pools

A MAC pool is a collection of network identities, or MAC addresses, that are unique in their Layer 2 environment and are available to be assigned to vNICs on a server. If you use MAC pools in service profiles, you do not have to manually configure the MAC addresses to be used by the server associated with the service profile.

In a system that implements multitenancy, you can use the organizational hierarchy to ensure that MAC pools can be used only by specific applications or business services. Cisco UCS uses the name resolution policy to assign MAC addresses from the pool.

To assign a MAC address to a server, you must include the MAC pool in a vNIC policy. The vNIC policy is then included in the service profile assigned to that server.

You can specify your own MAC addresses or use a group of MAC addresses provided by Cisco.

Creating a MAC Pool

Procedure
     Command or ActionPurpose
    Step 1UCS-A# scope org org-name 

    Enters organization mode for the specified organization. To enter the root organization mode, enter / as the org-name.

     
    Step 2UCS-A /org # create mac-pool mac-pool-name  

    Creates a MAC pool with the specified name, and enters organization MAC pool mode.

    This name can be between 1 and 32 alphanumeric characters. You cannot use spaces or any special characters other than - (hyphen), _ (underscore), : (colon), and . (period), and you cannot change this name after the object has been saved.

     
    Step 3UCS-A /org/mac-pool # set descr description   (Optional)

    Provides a description for the MAC pool.

    Note   

    If your description includes spaces, special characters, or punctuation, you must begin and end your description with quotation marks. The quotation marks will not appear in the description field of any show command output.

     
    Step 4UCS-A /org/mac-pool # set assignmentorder {default | sequential} 

    This can be one of the following:

    • defaultCisco UCS Manager selects a random identity from the pool.
    • sequentialCisco UCS Manager selects the lowest available identity from the pool.
     
    Step 5UCS-A /org/mac-pool # create block first-mac-addr last-mac-addr  

    Creates a block (range) of MAC addresses, and enters organization MAC pool block mode. You must specify the first and last MAC addresses in the address range using the form nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn, with the addresses separated by a space.

    Note   

    A MAC pool can contain more than one MAC address block. To create multiple MAC address blocks, you must enter multiple create block commands from organization MAC pool mode.

     
    Step 6UCS-A /org/mac-pool # commit-buffer  

    Commits the transaction to the system configuration.

     

    The following example shows how to create a MAC pool named pool37, provide a description for the pool, define a MAC address block by specifying the first and last MAC addresses in the block, and commit the transaction:

    UCS-A# scope org /
    UCS-A /org # create mac-pool pool37
    UCS-A /org/mac-pool* # set descr "This is my MAC pool"
    UCS-A /org/mac-pool* # create block 00:A0:D7:42:00:01 00:A0:D7:42:01:00
    UCS-A /org/mac-pool/block* # commit-buffer
    UCS-A /org/mac-pool/block # 
    
    What to Do Next

    Include the MAC pool in a vNIC template.

    Deleting a MAC Pool

    If you delete a pool, Cisco UCS Manager does not reallocate any addresses from that pool that have been assigned to vNICs or vHBAs. All assigned addresses from a deleted pool remain with the vNIC or vHBA to which they are assigned until one of the following occurs:

    • The associated service profiles are deleted.
    • The vNIC or vHBA to which the address is assigned is deleted.
    • The vNIC or vHBA is assigned to a different pool.
    Procedure
       Command or ActionPurpose
      Step 1UCS-A# scope org org-name 

      Enters organization mode for the specified organization. To enter the root organization mode, enter / as the org-name.

       
      Step 2UCS-A /org # delete mac-pool pool-name  

      Deletes the specified MAC pool.

       
      Step 3UCS-A /org # commit-buffer  

      Commits the transaction to the system configuration.

       

      The following example shows how to delete the MAC pool named pool4 and commit the transaction:

      UCS-A# scope org /
      UCS-A /org # delete mac-pool pool4
      UCS-A /org* # commit-buffer
      UCS-A /org #