Creating a Fibre Channel address pool

Fibre Channel address pools are collections of unique World Wide Node Name (WWNN) and World Wide Port Name (WWPN) addresses that can be assigned to Fibre Channel adapters. You can use or customize predefined address pools as needed, or you can create new pools. When creating server patterns, if you enable virtual addressing for Ethernet adapters, you can choose which Fibre Channel address pool is to be used when the pattern is deployed. When the associated server pattern is deployed, WWNN and WWPN addresses are allocated from the pool and assigned to individual servers.


Complete the following steps to create a Fibre Channel address pool.

  1. From the Lenovo XClarity Administrator menu bar, click Provisioning > Address Pools. The Configuration Patterns: Address Pools page is displayed.
  2. Click the Fibre Channel Address Pools tab.
  3. Click the Create icon (Create icon). The Fibre Channel Address Pools dialog is displayed.
  4. Enter a name and description for the address pool.
  5. Add one or more ranges of addresses:
    1. Click Add Range to add a range of addresses. The Fibre Channel (WWN) Address Range dialog is displayed.
    2. Enter a range name, range size, and the first address for each fabric.

      The last addresses are calculated automatically.

    3. Click Add.

      The range is added to the Define Fibre Channel pool address ranges table, and the fields in the summary section are updated automatically.

      You can edit the range by clicking the Edit icon (Edit icon) or remove the range by clicking the Remove icon (Remove icon).

  6. Click Save.

What to do next

The new Fibre Channel address pool is listed in the Fibre Channel Address Pools table.
Illustrates the list of custom IP address pools on the Configuration Patterns: Address Pools page.

From this page, you can perform the following actions on a selected address pool:
  • Modify the address pool by clicking the Edit icon (Edit icon).
  • Delete the address pool by clicking the Delete icon (Delete icon).
  • View details about the address pool, including a mapping between the virtual addresses and the installed adapter’s ports and reserved virtual addresses, by clicking the pool name in the Pool Name column.