VMFS UUID components

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I thought this one is quite interesting to blog about. Obviously for VMware guru’s that just old common knowledge.

Let’s start with defining what’s is the UUID made up from:

The UUID is comprised of four components :

  •  System Time
  • CPU Timestamp
  • Random Number
  • MAC Address – Management Port uplink of the host used to resignature or create the datastore


~ # esxcfg-scsidevs -m

You can notice each datastore UUID ending with -00c2956461b as based on the management uplink:

uplinkThe start of the UUID uses system time and CPU timestamp + random number to guarantee the uniqueness.

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