Correlating VML ID with naa ID in ESXi 5.x
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Correlating VML ID with naa ID in ESXi 5.x


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides information on finding the naa ID of the device from VML ID on the Storage array and decoding the content of VML ID.


VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0


Find the naa id from the VML ID

To find the naa id from the VML ID:

  1. Run this command to find the associated VML ID for the LUN/storage device from the VMDK file name:

    #vmkfstools --queryrdm /vmfs/volumes/4d8008a2-9940968c-04df-001e4f1fbf2a/VM-BAISC/ABC.vmdk
    Disk /vmfs/volumes/4d8008a2-9940968c-04df-001e4f1fbf2a/node1/quorum.vmdk is a non Pass through Raw Device Mapping Maps to: vml.02000000006090a0a8e07bea184a0685b5f62efd94313030452d30
  2. Correlate VML ID for the LUN with the associated LUN to find the naa id.
For example, for a LUN with VML ID, vml.02000000006000eb3952315fbe000000000000001b695343534944,
the associated LUN is naa.6000eb3952315fbe000000000000001b , so the naa id of the LUN is 6000eb3952315fbe000000000000001b.

Decoding VML ID

The digits of the VML ID are divided into:
vml.      02      00      00      0000      6000eb3952315fbe000000000000001b            695343534944

A - represents the external ID name space.
B - represents uuid type for the device:
0x0 - For mpx.vmhbax:Cx:Tx:Lx format
0x1 - For serial number format
0x2 - For naa format
0x3 - For SYMM format
C - represents the device type:
0x00 - DISK
0x01 - TAPE
0x02 - PRINTER
0x03 - PROCESSOR /* HP scanners use this */
0x04 - WORM /* Treated as ROM by our system */
0x05 - ROM 0x05
0x06 - SCANNER
0x07 - MOD /* Magneto-optical disk - * - treated as TYPE_DISK */
0x09 - COMM /* Communications device */
0x0c - RAID
0x0d - ENCLOSURE 0x0d /* Enclosure Services Device */
0x0e - RBC 0x0e
0x7f - NO_LUN
D - represents LUN number (32 bits in normal device from SAN)
E - is reserved for future use
F - represents the LUN identifier (32 digit naa number in hexadecimal format)
G - A unique hash of other data about the LUN (In versions prior to 5.5 includes the LUN number)