NPIV Indicator Message

N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV) has multiple hosts connected to a fabric through a single physical port. When VirtualWisdom displays data for a port connected by NPIV, it also displays an NPIV indicator message, warning that the data is an aggregate, and therefore not precise. VW shows precisely how much traffic is going through the port, but cannot tell how that traffic is distributed across the multiple hosts.

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In the following examples, plotting a SAN Fabric metric, you see aggregated data (data that contains the object you want to see, potentially combined with data from multiple objects you do not want to see). In these cases, the NPIV indicator is displayed if:

  • You plot out Cisco or Brocade SAN Integration metrics for an HBA attached to an NPIV port.

  • You plot out Cisco or Brocade SAN Integration metrics for a Host that has an HBA attached to an NPIV port.

  • Add a Host to an Application attached to an NPIV port.

  • Add an I-T Conversation to an Application, and the Initiator is connected using NPIV.

  • Add an I-T-L Conversation to an Application, and the Initiator is connected using NPIV.