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|Oracle Solaris Administration: SAN Configuration and Multipathing Oracle Solaris 11 Information Library|
NPIV is a Fibre Channel facility that enables one Fibre Channel adapter to have many N Port IDs. Each N Port has a unique identity (port WWN and node WWN) on the SAN and can be used for zoning and LUN masking. Soft zoning, which you can use to group ports together by port WWN, is the preferred method of zoning.