Streamlining the Virtual SAN Configuration

For most VMware customers the integration of vSphere with Virtual SAN not only provides a simple an easy way to provide Enterprise storage and data services to your VM’s but also simplified operations in the Datacenter.

As Virtual SAN has grown through the releases there has been a need to accomodate further use cases for our customers. VDI, ROBO, Stretched Clusters etc. Virtual SAN 6.2 now has a new configuration wizard which provides a more streamlined approach for these more complex configurations.

A quick glance at the new Configuration Wizard shows how we provide customers the ability to select the disk claiming method, whether to enable deduplication and compression for the cluster and specifically which type of VSAN cluster deployment they might be after.

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In addition, the wizard also provides validation of the network configuration for Virtual SAN interfaces. Of course each host in the cluster needs to have a single VSAN vmkernel interface enabled to be able to participate. You can see by the screenshot below that I have missed one host. I also get information such as which vmk interface, portgroup and IP are assigned.

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If I rectify the mis-conifgured host but enabling the VSAN traffic type on one of my vmk ports I can now see that validation passes and I can move on.

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The next step is to claim my disks. Now If I had chose ‘Automatic’ back in the first step I could skip this. However for All Flash we do need to claim the different devices manually.  Starting in 6.2 there is a faster and more simplified way of bulk claiming disks for the VSAN cluster.

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or alternatively I can do this by grouping by disk model or size.

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Either way, once cache and capacity disks have been claimed we are now ready to complete the wizard.

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Depending on the number of hosts in the cluster this will take a minute or two to configure and once completed you will have a fully running VSAN cluster.

For more in depth process on creating Stretched Clusters using this wizard please reference this article VSAN Stretched Clusters – Click Click done!

For a video on configuring VSAN using this wizard see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAFPP98XEtk