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Enabling or disabling a Virtual SAN cluster (2058322)

Purpose

This article provides steps to enable or disable Virtual SAN on a cluster.

For more information, see the vSphere documentation. The documentation contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the documentation and this article, assume that the documentation is correct.

Resolution

Prerequisites


Enabling Virtual SAN

Enabling Virtual SAN creates a Virtual SAN datastore and registers the Virtual SAN storage provider. The Virtual SAN storage provider communicates the storage capabilities of the datastore to vCenter Server. Currently, there are no third-party storage providers.

To enable Virtual SAN on an existing the cluster:
  1. Open the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click the Hosts and Clusters tab.
  3. Select the cluster on which you want to enable Virtual SAN.
  4. Click the Manage tab.
  5. Click Settings.
  6. Click Virtual SAN > Settings in the dropdown.
  7. Select General and click Edit
  8. Select the mode for storage disks to be claimed. The options are:

    • Automatic – Claims all unclaimed disks on the included hosts for Virtual SAN. Virtual SAN in automatic mode claims only local disks on the ESXi hosts in the cluster. Remote non-shared disks can be added manually if required.

    • Manual – Requires you to manually claim the disks you want to use on each host. New disks on the host are not automatically claimed by Virtual SAN. With manual mode, there are two methods of organizing disks into groups, semi-automatic and manual.

  9. Click OK.

Disabling Virtual SAN

To disable Virtual SAN on the cluster:
  1. Open the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click the Hosts and Clusters tab.
  3. Select the cluster on which you want to disable Virtual SAN.
  4. Click the Manage tab.
  5. Click Settings.
  6. Click Virtual SAN > Settings in the dropdown.
  7. Select General and click Edit.
  8. Deselect the Turn On Virtual SAN option.
  9. Click OK.

Additional Information

For more information about configuring Virtual SAN, see:

See Also

Update History

03/12/2015 - Added Virtual SAN 6.0 to Products.

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