Information Technology (IT) managers and administrators often need to correlate the actual physical location of device (e.g., within a closet at address X, building 5, 2nd floor, east side) with an identity of the device that is shown within an IT management system. Such device identification is typically provided via device configuration or through the use of add-on "tags" that can be located on a device. However, many network devices or other types of "virtual constructs" (e.g., many devices acting as a single virtual box), particularly virtual systems can be located far apart from each other (e.g., across different floors, etc.). For example, two devices could be provided as a virtual system pair that is configured as "one device" within a management system, yet the physical location of each half of the system needs to be known. However, current IT management systems do not provide for identifying the actual location of each device of a virtual system, as the location configuration for the virtual system is a common configuration element for the virtual system itself. In order to address such issues, techniques are presented herein that provide for the ability to uniquely identify the physical location of each member of a virtual system.

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