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
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.