| In traditional computing environments, servers were usually assigned to various personnel for administration. For instance, the data server is administered by the database administrator; the domain controller is maintained by the network administrator, etc. Other methods include assigning the MAC address to specific personnel or identifying machines by Ethernet location or port number. All these approaches are impractical in the virtual machine environment.
In the virtual environment, virtual machines may be moved or have MAC addresses that may change. These scenarios make it difficult to establish who owns the virtual machine running on a particular host. Therefore, a policy will need to be implemented to identify and assign virtual machines to the appropriate personnel.