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A method for configuring a communication port of a communications interface of an information handling system into a plurality of virtual ports. A first command is issued to obtain information indicating a number of images of virtual ports supportable by the communications interface. A second command is then issued requesting the communications interface to virtualize the communication port. In response to the second command, one or more virtual switches are then configured to connect to the communication port, each virtual switch including a plurality of virtual ports, such that the one or more virtual switches are configured in a manner sufficient to support the number of images of virtual ports indicated by the obtained information. Thereafter, upon request via issuance of a third command, a logical link is established between one of the virtual ports of one of the virtual switches and a communicating element of the information handling system.

Title
Virtualization of an I/O adapter port using enablement and activation functions
Application Number
11/100837
Publication Number
7200704 (B2)
Application Date
April 7, 2005
Publication Date
April 3, 2007
Inventor
Gustav E Sittmann III
Webster Groves
MO, US
Donald W Schmidt
Stone Ridge
NY, US
Charles W Gainey Jr
Poughkeepsie
NY, US
Mark S Farrell
Pleasant Valley
NY, US
Richard K Errickson
Poughkeepsie
NY, US
David Craddock
New Paltz
NY, US
Frank W Brice Jr
Hurley
NY, US
Ugochukwu Charles Njoku
Bronx
NY, US
Agent
Eugene I Shkurko
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
H04L 12/00
G06F 13/173
G06F 13/00
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